SCBC Executive Board honors retiring Jim Austin; elects interim executive director-treasurer

Richard Harris, a retired vice president with the North American Mission Board, was elected interim executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention by the convention’s Executive Board. The action occurred at the board’s fall meeting, Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 6-7, at White Oak Conference Center. Harris’ work began immediately. He met with convention staff in Columbia […]

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.” […]

Horton: Let’s celebrate ‘winning team’ at SCBC annual meeting

Recognizing that the yearly meetings of the South Carolina Baptist Convention are not as well attended as they once were, SCBC president D.J. Horton hopes to inject a spirit of celebration into this year’s annual meeting, to be held Nov. 11-12 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. “I’m hoping we’ll have the largest gathering of […]

Q&A with Jim Austin, retiring SCBC executive director

Editor’s note: Jim Austin, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention since April 2007, will retire on Oct. 7. We asked him to talk about his tenure as the state convention’s chief executive and his thoughts on the future for South Carolina Baptists. COURIER: What would you consider to be the most important thing […]

State CP giving 6 percent behind budget

Gifts from South Carolina Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program were 6.06 percent short of budgeted goals through August, according to information released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The state convention budget runs from Jan. 1-Dec. 31. At the national level, year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and […]

Former SCBC president Sonny Holmes to retire from pastorate Oct. 31

Sonny Holmes, 64, pastor of Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston since 2003, has announced that he will retire from active pastoral ministry on Oct. 31. Holmes served as president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 2011. He previously pastored Hampton Heights Baptist Church in Greenville (1986-2001) and First Baptist Church in Goose Creek […]

CP receipts within striking distance of projections

Year-to-date Cooperative Program gifts of $16,096,129 from South Carolina Baptist churches represented 96.82 percent of budgeted needs for the first seven months of 2014. Churches forwarded nearly $2.8 million in CP gifts in July, according to a report released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Carroll also noted that […]

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 […]

SCBC messengers to consider bylaw changes, creation of ‘president-elect’

Messengers to this year’s annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention will vote on separate recommendations to change the convention’s bylaws. The changes would allow for the election of a president-elect and give clarification to what it means to be a “bona fide” contributor to the convention’s work based on Cooperative Program giving. The recommended changes to […]