Greenville First Baptist leaves SCBC

Greenville First Baptist Church has withdrawn from the South Carolina Baptist Convention. In May, the church adopted a nondiscriminatory policy that would allow gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people not only to be members of the church, but to be married and to be ordained. “We cannot accept, approve or condone those kind of beliefs,” […]

SCBC Exec. Board adopts proportional-based budget model

The Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention has adopted a blueprint that will direct a larger share of the state’s Cooperative Program dollars toward Southern Baptist Convention causes while reducing funding for SCBC institutions and ministry partners. On Monday night during its Oct. 12-13 fall meeting, the Executive Board unanimously approved the report […]

Obituary: Bob Porterfield 

Robert Joseph “Bob” Porterfield, 83, died Sept. 22, 2015. Born in Elberton, Ga., he was pastor of Harmony Baptist Church in Edgemoor, and Second Baptist Church of Rock Hill, as well as churches in Georgia and North Carolina. He served as Baptist campus minister at Winthrop University and was a coordinator for the Baptist Builders […]

Obituary: Larry A. Morris

Larry A. Morris, 78, died Aug. 29, 2015, after a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. During his 40 years in ministry, he pastored six churches in three states: Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Carol H. Morris, three children, and five grandchildren.

Obituary: Howard Barry Mitchell

Howard Barry Mitchell, 89, died Sept. 26, 2015. Born in Honea Path, he graduated from Furman University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served for 25 years as a missionary to Brazil with the Foreign Mission Board. He also pastored Eureka Baptist Church in Anderson as well as churches in Georgia. He was a resident […]

Obituary: Jim Hughes 

James Terry Hughes, 75, died Sept. 30, 2015. A native of Clinton, he was a member of First Baptist Church, Simpsonville, and a retired Baptist pastor. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Jane Athalee Young Hughes, four children, and five grandchildren.

Obituary: Gigi Adams

Shirley “Gigi” Hicks Adams, 80, wife of retired South Carolina Baptist pastor William “Bill” C. Adams, died Sept. 28, 2015. Born in Kings Mountain, N.C., she attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and taught elementary school for 20 years. She and her husband served several churches in North Carolina as well as Gilead Baptist Church in […]

Bowman First Baptist pastor announces retirement

Tommy Thurston, pastor of Bowman First Baptist Church, announced his retirement effective Oct. 11. Thurston has served as pastor of churches in North and South Carolina for 41 years. He is a graduate of North Greenville College, Gardner-Webb College, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thurston and his wife, Barbara, have two children and seven grandchildren. […]

Mount Arnon pastor Mike Catoe announces his retirement

Melvin Michael “Mike” Catoe, pastor of Mount Arnon Baptist Church in Allendale for the past 31 years, has announced his retirement from full-time pastoral ministry. Other pastorates include Central Baptist in Aiken and Double Pond Baptist in Blackville. He also served two student pastorates while studying at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. […]

S.C. floods: Follow the progress of Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers

A South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief official is predicting that it will take years for the state to recover from recent extensive flooding of the past two days, and he says South Carolina Baptists will be front and center in that effort. “This will be a marathon, not a 100-yard dash,” said Randy Creamer, disaster relief […]