New SCBC president touts relational evangelism

Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church, is the new president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The 51-year-old was elected by messengers to the SCBC annual meeting in Columbia on Nov. 12. He succeeds D.J. Horton. Convention presidents serve one-year terms. Kelly was one of two nominees for the office and received 235 […]

SCBC 2014: Messengers OK bylaw changes; approve new office of president-elect

Messengers to the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s annual meeting Nov. 11 approved changes to the convention’s bylaws that create the office of president-elect and clarify what it means to be a “bona fide” contributor to the convention’s work based on Cooperative Program giving. Messengers will elect a candidate in 2015 to serve a one-year term as president-elect of […]

SCBC 2014: With resolutions, S.C. Baptists endorse biblical marriage, decry Christian persecution

Editor’s note: Full-text versions of the resolutions adopted Nov. 11 by SCBC messengers can be read here. South Carolina Baptist Convention messengers adopted a slate of resolutions Nov. 11 reaffirming support for biblical marriage, urging elected officials to combat Christian persecution, and encouraging congregations to become more vigilant in protecting victims of abuse and neglect. […]

SCBC 2014: Horton appoints 2015 Committee on Committees

South Carolina Baptist Convention president D.J. Horton has appointed the 2015 Committee on Committees, which will consider and present for approval nominees to the convention’s standing committees at next year’s annual meeting, to be held Nov. 10-11 at First Baptist Church in Spartanburg. Committee on Committees members (followed by their church and association), include Lisa […]

Messengers gather at Shandon Church for 2014 SCBC annual meeting

Editor’s note: Please follow us on Twitter @BaptistCourier and Facebook for updates from the 2014 SCBC annual meeting. Messengers from churches across the South Carolina Baptist Convention are gathering in Columbia today (Nov. 11) and tomorrow at Shandon Baptist Church for the denomination’s 194th annual meeting. This year’s theme of “LiveIT” is reflective of the convention-wide vision emphasis of […]

South Carolina Baptists to gather under ‘LiveIT’ banner for 2014 annual meeting

Representatives from churches across the South Carolina Baptist Convention are set to convene Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia for the denomination’s 194th annual meeting. This year’s theme of “LiveIT” is reflective of the convention-wide vision emphasis of “Great Commission Living,” which was adopted at last year’s annual meeting. In addition to welcoming […]

SCBC’s Orman to retire; accepts Mississippi position

Roger Orman, associate executive director for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has announced his retirement effective Nov. 30. Orman, who joined the state convention staff in 2000, is relocating to his home state of Mississippi, where he will serve as a team leader for discipleship development and Sunday school with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board […]

Report of 2014 SCBC Committee on Committees

Tony Smith, Chairman (All terms to begin Jan. 1, 2015) (*non-church employee, #unexpired term) Bylaws Committee Chairman: Bill Rigsby Vice Chairman: David Barfield Tyler Caines, Loris (2017) Denis McCory, Nichols (2017) Ken Petrus, Greenwood (2017) Tom Turner, Anderson (2016 — unexpired term, replacing Sam Evatt) Alternate: *Phil Ellenburg Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee Chairman: […]

Lexington pastor will be nominee for SCBC president

Rocky Purvis, senior pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Lexington, will be nominated for president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at this year’s annual meeting, to be held Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. He is the second confirmed nominee, joining Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church. “I was called […]

SCBC names new director of camps and conference centers

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has hired Thomas Truitt as executive director of camps and conference centers, a new position that represents a consolidation of management responsibilities for Camp McCall and White Oak Conference Center. Truitt will begin his duties in mid-December. Camp McCall, a rustic mountain retreat for boys who are active as Royal […]