Joy Rust, wife of former SCBC exec, passes away

Joy Lucille Rust, wife of former South Carolina Baptist Convention executive director-treasurer Ray Rust, died Aug. 9 in Richardson, Texas. She was born June 20, 1926, in New Orleans, La. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Survivors, in addition to her husband, […]

SCBC’s Monty Hale publishes ‘By the Stream’

A new book by Monty Hale, director of pastoral ministries for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, is directed toward ministers of the gospel who may have lost the passion for their calling. In “By the Stream” (2014, Tate Publishing, $10.99), Hale says that most ministers have experienced a time in the desert. He describes how […]

Resolutions for annual meeting due by Oct. 11

Resolutions to be considered at the 2014 South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting are due by midnight Oct. 11. Submissions must include the author’s name, address, email address, daytime and cell phone numbers, and church (with address). Resolutions for this year’s annual meeting, Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, should be sent to […]

Church-planting vision tour targets Halifax

Nestled halfway up the eastern coast of Nova Scotia is the booming city of Halifax. Famous for its natural harbor, one of the largest in the world, Halifax is known as the cultural center of Atlantic Canada. With more than 400,000 people living in Nova Scotia’s capital, the need for evangelical churches is great. Yet […]

SCBC releases May CP giving report

Cooperative Program gifts from churches forwarded to the South Carolina Baptist Convention were 2.61 percent behind budgeted needs through May. In May, churches sent $2,220,729 in CP gifts, according to information released by Pam Carroll, the SCBC’s chief financial officer. Receipts for the year were $310,467 short of budgeted needs of $11,875,000. At the national […]

Call for nominations for SCBC boards, committees

South Carolina Baptists are encouraged to nominate qualified persons to serve on the standing committees and the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention as well as the boards of the SCBC’s seven affiliated institutions. If you wish to nominate someone, visit The deadline for nominations is July 17.

Jim Austin stepping down as SCBC chief executive

Jim Austin, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention since April 2007, has announced that he will retire on Oct. 7 of this year. Dwight Easler, chairman of the SCBC Executive Board, confirmed to The Courier that Austin, 60, told the Executive Board of his decision on May 28. Easler provided a copy of […]

SCBC official: Bats cleared, White Oak Conference Center safe for summer campers

With summer camps for youth and children set to begin in early June, the problem of bats invading sleeping quarters at White Oak Conference Center appears to be solved, an official says. Parents should “absolutely” feel confident in sending their children to stay overnight at White Oak, said Roger Orman, an associate executive director for […]

SCBC’s Robert Grant joining staff of Baptist Foundation of South Carolina

Robert Grant, a veteran South Carolina Baptist Convention staff member, will become resource development director with the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina on July 7. The transition ends Grant’s 31-year career with the state convention staff, during which time he has served the convention’s churches through Sunday school and church business administration. The Baptist Foundation is a ministry partner with the state convention.

SCBC ‘on offensive for gospel’ despite shrinking CP giving, Austin says

In his report at the April 7-8 meeting of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, SCBC executive director-treasurer Jim Austin expressed optimism in the face of declining Cooperative Program gifts from churches. Austin noted that CP receipts from churches fell to $27.34 million in 2013, down from $28.52 million in 2012 and […]