Former SCBC president Sonny Holmes to retire from pastorate Oct. 31

Sonny Holmes, 64, pastor of Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston since 2003, has announced that he will retire from active pastoral ministry on Oct. 31. Holmes served as president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 2011. He previously pastored Hampton Heights Baptist Church in Greenville (1986-2001) and First Baptist Church in Goose Creek […]

Fruitland to offer online associate degree

Students enrolling at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in the fall of 2014 have the option of completing an associate degree in Christian ministry and worldview entirely online. President David Horton said the program will enable students to pursue a degree who are unable to attend the main campus in Hendersonville, N.C. The online curriculum consists […]

Greenville pastor authors book on disciple-making

Matt Rogers, pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, has published “Aspire: Developing and Deploying Disciples in the Church and for the Church.” The book contains a one-year strategy for relational disciple-making that can be used by members of the local church. The author outlines three 12-week studies that move a person through a […]

CP receipts within striking distance of projections

Year-to-date Cooperative Program gifts of $16,096,129 from South Carolina Baptist churches represented 96.82 percent of budgeted needs for the first seven months of 2014. Churches forwarded nearly $2.8 million in CP gifts in July, according to a report released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Carroll also noted that […]

Varnville pastor to be nominated for SCBC president

Tommy Kelly, pastor of First Baptist Church of Varnville, has told The Courier he will be nominated for president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the Nov. 11-12 annual meeting at Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia. Brad Goodale, pastor of Philippi Baptist Church in Union, will nominate Kelly. Kelly currently serves as SCBE first vice […]

SCBC messengers to consider bylaw changes, creation of ‘president-elect’

Messengers to this year’s annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention will vote on separate recommendations to change the convention’s bylaws. The changes would allow for the election of a president-elect and give clarification to what it means to be a “bona fide” contributor to the convention’s work based on Cooperative Program giving. The recommended changes to […]

Easler appoints committee to seek new state executive

Ten members of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention have been appointed by chairman Dwight Easler to comprise a search committee to find a new executive to lead the state convention. Jim Austin, who has served as SCBC executive director-treasurer since 2007, will retire Oct. 7. In sharing his recommendations in an […]

Retired NAMB official is nominee for interim SCBC executive

Richard Harris, a retired vice president with the North American Mission Board, will become the interim executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention if his nomination is approved by SCBC Executive Board members Oct. 7. Executive Board chairman Dwight Easler cited Harris’ “leadership record and success in interim positions” as primary reasons for recommending […]

Obituary: Carl Wesley Pointer

Carl Wesley Pointer, 88, of Seneca, died Aug. 11, 2014. A native of Oconee County, he was a retired Baptist pastor, having served Madison Baptist Church in Westminster, Fants Grove Baptist Church in Pendleton, Rehoboth Baptist Church in Piedmont, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Greer, and Cleveland First Baptist Church in Cleveland. He also pastored churches […]

Obituary: James E. Ellenburg

James E. Ellenburg, 86, of Pelzer, who served as a pastor and director of missions in the Upstate for most of his ministry, died Aug. 11, 2014. Born in Pickens County on Dec. 27, 1927, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army (1st Infantry Division) and served in World War II. Ellenburg attended North […]