Whitlock family builds legacy of service at Flat Rock

The Whitlock family of four sisters and a brother at Flat Rock Baptist Church in Liberty has a legacy of teaching and sharing God’s word that totals hundreds of years, when combined with their spouses. Francis Whitlock served churches with her husband, Charles Hamilin, a pastor for 55 years before retiring. Wanda Whitlock, who married […]

Ridge Spring Baptist WMU project receives award

Several members of Ridge Spring Baptist Church’s WMU were honored at an awards ceremony on Oct. 29, in which Saluda Nursing Center received the “Spirit of Caring” award for the Easter Hat Parade sponsored by Ridge Spring Baptist. The late Mrs. Pauline Hendrix, a member of Ridge Spring, started the ministry 41 years ago, and her […]

Easley pastor to be nominated president-elect of state convention

Keith Shorter, pastor of Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Easley, will be nominated for president-elect of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the state convention’s upcoming annual meeting. Shorter, 55, is the first person to be nominated for an office that was created last year by SCBC messengers. If elected, he will have access to […]

SCBC Executive Board reinstates North Greenville University’s funding

The South Carolina Baptist Convention Executive Board has signaled its desire to move past a controversy surrounding the sudden departure of North Greenville University president Jimmy Epting earlier this year. The move came after a series of meetings between NGU officials and SCBC leaders, during which time Cooperative Program payments to the school were delayed […]

Hearts on Fire transforms thousands over 3 decades

When Scott Carter started the Hearts on Fire Youth Conference with about 150 students in 1986, he never imagined what it would become. Last year alone, more than 11,000 students and their leaders filled the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge for a dynamic weekend of worship. This year’s lineup includes groups like Mercy Me, Finding […]

White Oak deferred maintenance price tag: $4 million

South Carolina Baptist Convention Executive Board members assembled at White Oak Conference Center Oct. 13 learned that the state convention’s conference facility near Winnsboro needs at least $4 million worth of maintenance work. “Our convention’s fund balance is at $4 million, and these needs at White Oak will take every penny we have,” Marshall Blalock, […]

Clover First Baptist celebrates 125th anniversary

First Baptist Church of Clover celebrated its 125th anniversary Oct. 4 with a homecoming celebration. Former pastor of 30 years Dave Stanford delivered the message in the newly renovated sanctuary. Other speakers included George Jones, the great-grandson of church founder L.A. Allen.