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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘The Shared Spouse’

Julie Cannon — a preacher’s kid, pastor’s wife and mom — knows firsthand what it is like to share her husband with everyone else in the church. To that end, she has written “The Shared Spouse: A Six-Week Devotional for Ministry Families,” designed to offer biblically based encouragement to ministry families. “In ministry, if you […]

‘The ABC’s of Healthy Living’

Sara Burton, a retired teacher and registered nurse, has employed the talents of her grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews to illustrate “The ABC’s of Healthy Living. The book, which features original full-color art drawn by the children, offers a healthy-living tip to correspond with each letter of the alphabet. The book was designed by Burton’s nephew, […]