Camp Marietta trustees ready to recommend buyer for property

Trustees of Camp Marietta in northern Greenville County have settled on a potential buyer for the property, and the chairwoman says she is confident the facility will continue to operate as a Christian camp after it is sold. The property is owned and operated by two Upstate Baptist associations — Greenville and Three Rivers — and is overseen by […]

Gary Hollingsworth to lead South Carolina Baptist Convention as new state executive

Gary Hollingsworth, a long-serving pastor and denominational leader with a record of church planting and international missions support, has been elected executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He received the unanimous support of SCBC messengers who convened Jan. 14 for a special called meeting of the state convention at Shandon Baptist Church in […]

‘I’m glad my parents chose to save my life’

15-year old lauded for her right-to-life senate testimony In most ways, Savannah Duke is a typical 15-year-old. She takes honors classes and sings in the chorus at her middle school, and she swims for the varsity team at Spartanburg’s Dorman High School. She is involved with her youth group at First Baptist Church of North […]

For SCBC president Tom Tucker, ‘it’s about soul-winning’

Convention leader urges South Carolina Baptists to ‘launch out’ in prayer, evangelism Tom Tucker is plainspoken when it comes to his heart’s desire for South Carolina Baptists. “I just don’t want to see us decline anymore,” he said. Tucker sat down with reporters Nov. 11 in the parlor of Spartanburg First Baptist Church shortly after he […]

South Carolina Baptists to gather in Spartanburg for 195th annual meeting

When South Carolina Baptists gather for their annual meeting Nov. 10-11 at Spartanburg First Baptist Church, they will choose  a president and — for the first time — a president-elect. Meeting under this year’s banner, “Tell the Story,” messengers will consider a $28.6 million budget and hear reports from the state convention’s committees and ministry […]

100-plus saved at ‘little country church’

More than 100 people have experienced salvation at little Rice’s Creek Baptist Church near Liberty over the past eight months. Pastor Tim Porter says the explanation is simple: “The Gospel always works.” “I’ve basically preached salvation for eight months,” said Porter, who became pastor at Rice’s Creek earlier this year when the church was averaging […]

A Call to Men to Confront Domestic Violence

You’re the pastor, and you suspect that one of your deacons — a respected family man and a person of some influence in your church — is abusing his wife. You’ve seen some warning signs, but you can’t be sure. You don’t want to believe it could be possible — not in your church. In […]

SCBC Future Vision Committee: Keep less money in state, send more to international missions

(Updated Aug. 31, 3015 to include the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina among the South Carolina Baptist Convention institutions that currently receive Cooperative Program funding.) A committee charged with developing a master plan for the future cooperative work of South Carolina Baptist Convention churches is recommending that half of all Cooperative Program dollars go toward […]