Retired pastor Ron Jackson walks from Gaffney to State House to raise awareness for ‘Parson’s Pantry’

Written by: Beth Baker Ron Jackson, founder of Parson’s Pantry Ministry, recently walked 98.2 miles from Gaffney to the State House in Columbia, S.C. Jackson is a 71-year-old retired pastor. This is his third annual walk to raise funds in order to provide financial assistance to needy pastors, widows of pastors, and married ministerial students. Jackson began Parson’s […]

LiveIT wristbands have young fans

When Charlene Bowling opened a small package from the South Carolina Baptist Convention a few weeks ago, she immediately thought of her granddaughters. The secretary at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Easley had received sample LiveIT wristbands sent to church staff members, and she saw the accompanying brochure that read, “Wear it, use it, LiveIT.” […]

Anderson University graduate working overseas to combat Ebola

Jeff Deal’s disinfecting device has been described as a “superbug slaying machine.” Some have said it looks like the robot R2-D2 from Star Wars. Deal, who graduated in the 1970s from what was then Anderson College (now Anderson University), took his device to Liberia [recently] to help combat the spread of Ebola. Deal has been […]

Courier Publishing president presents book to author

Courier Publishing president Rudy Gray recently presented an author’s copy of “The Shared Spouse” to the book’s writer, Julie Cannon. The presentation took place at a celebration dinner for Parson’s Pantry, a nonprofit agency that Cannon is supporting with proceeds from her book.

Retired missionary sees positive signs

June Batson Goodwin, a retired Southern Baptist missionary who grew up in South Carolina, says interest and involvement in missions is on the rise. Goodwin, 86, who lives near Raleigh, N.C., recently visited her home church, Reedy River Baptist Church in Greenville, where she was recognized for her career service as a missionary. She and […]

Upstate men share ‘Lamb of God’ in Israel

“I have come from South Carolina to tell you I love the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. My love for the God of Israel has given me a love for the people of Israel.” That was Michael Post’s introduction to several Israelis during an evangelistic trip in August. “This opened up the door to […]

God calls ‘all kinds of people’ to missions

Editor’s note: For security reasons, last names of missionaries in this story are omitted. In 1999, Jeff and Cyndi were raising their family in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Jeff had worked for 20 years in corporate banking, and they were content. Then God called.  “I was working as a vice president at a local […]

Building wheelchair ramps stems from a ‘servant’s heart’

Writer: Stephanie Hutto Fred R. Hiers is known to many in his hometown of Bamberg, South Carolina. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1991 after 30 years of service, a job that put him in touch with people from varied socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the community. His love for people, an expression of his […]

Davis a ‘godsend’ for children’s home, says successor

Randy Harling, who took the helm as president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home on Sept. 2, says his predecessor, Ben Davis, has been a “godsend” to the ministry, especially in guiding the institution through the Great Recession that peaked in 2008. “Those were dark days for most non-profits, but Ben led Connie Maxwell through that period,” […]

For Ben and Polly Davis, Connie Maxwell is ‘place of hope’

Driving a visitor along the shady streets and country lanes of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, Ben Davis clearly loves the “teaching farm” tucked away on a few acres in the southwest corner of the campus — not only for its tranquility, but also for the therapeutic role the farm plays in healing hurting […]