Courier readers share Thanksgiving anecdotes

From sumptuous meals of turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce to spirited backyard touch-football games, thousands of South Carolinians will gather Nov. 27 for their annual Thanksgiving Day family festivities. Three of our readers recently told us their Thanksgiving stories. Cooking for Others John and Christy Meadows moved to Charleston, S.C., from Mississippi in 2010. For […]

At 88, ‘Still Painting for My Lord’

Danny Burnley, pastor of Laurel Baptist Church in Greenville, has never come across anyone like 88-year-old John Aspray. In 2012, Aspray and his wife, Gayle, joined Laurel Church. He received a ministry booklet, as all new members do, and signed up for building and grounds. He approached Burnley and asked if he might paint all […]

You Do WHAT Kind of Ministry?

Jamie Ballentine is in the “mascot ministry.” What does that mean? He says, “My talent is performing as a stuffed animal.” He was “Cocky,” the mascot for the South Carolina Gamecocks, from 2002 to 2006 and planned a career as a professional mascot. Working in different places, he eventually landed in Charleston and was the […]

Gill’s book is resource for discussing death with children

Linda Gill, a grief support advocate who was featured in a May 2014 Baptist Courier story, has released a book, “Mommy, What’s ‘Died’ Mean?” as a resource for parents to use when talking with their children about death. Discussion questions are included for each story page to help determine how much the child understands. When […]

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 […]