‘The child comes first’ for newly elected Connie Maxwell president

The president-elect of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home says he will do everything in his power to be “an advocate for the fatherless.” Randy Harling, pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, will become the next president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in September. He told his congregation May 18. He will succeed Ben Davis, who will […]

Upstate woman publishes Bible study on ‘God’s Words’

Pat A. Bishop of Greer has written a six-part Bible study that zeroes in on specific words found in the Scriptures: gentleness, servanthood, humility, speech and trust. “God’s Words Are Something Special” (CourierPublishing, $10.95) is designed to be effective across a wide spectrum of groups — men, women, singles and youth. The book draws on […]

The Watsons: One Couple’s Journey in Grace

Gary and Edna Watson plan to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary on Dec. 1 this year. They have traveled a road paved with blessings and times of near death. After their wedding in 1962, Gary was drafted into the Army in April 1966 and arrived in Vietnam in October of that year. On his arrival […]

Hundreds attend ‘Jerusalem Day’ in Spartanburg, Columbia

Writer: Mary Jean Baxley Christians United for Israel sponsored Jerusalem Day May 28 at First Baptist North Spartanburg and Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia. More than 250 attended the Spartanburg breakfast event. Mike Hamlet, pastor of First Baptist North Spartanburg, said the time spent with Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., and Sen. […]

Wife of imprisoned American pastor asks for prayers

Upstate pastor Jim Oliver and his wife Becky were among a group of guests March 25 who heard the wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini ask for prayers for her husband. It has been more than a year and a half since Naghmeh Abedini last saw her husband, a 33-year-old naturalized American citizen who was […]

Restaurant owner exudes God’s grace and serves up Southern cuisine

Mention the name Ann McDonald in Mullins, S.C., and residents will likely respond with smiles. She is 75, twice-widowed and going strong as the owner of Webster Manor, a five-star restaurant/bed and breakfast inn located one block from her church, First Baptist of Mullins. She had a challenging childhood. “I grew up very, very poor. […]

Retired missionary supported by Mother’s Day Offering

A retired Southern Baptist missionary is the latest recipient of assistance from the annual Mother’s Day Offering for South Carolina Baptist Ministries for the Aging. Barry Mitchell, who served with his late wife, Laura, as a missionary to Brazil for 25 years, lives at Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community in Laurens. “I truly appreciate the […]

Men find good food, gospel at ‘The Barn’

On an unseasonably mild late afternoon in February, a setting sun expends the last of its warmth on a red barn in southern Greenville County, about five miles west of Fountain Inn. Two chattering boys toss a football near the barn’s twin garage-door openings, while Chloe, a 6-month-old black Lab, works earnestly to make a visitor feel welcome, shaking off a spray of pond water.