Debbie Grooms to retire after 37-year Courier career

At 100 Manly Street in Greenville, employees of The Baptist Courier pretty much can’t go anywhere without passing by Debbie Grooms’ office near the center of the building. She sees a lot of traffic during the day, and people stop at her door and lean in — to say hello … to chat about tomatoes, […]

Humor, church planting mark Gene Fant’s upbringing

Spend a few minutes across a table from Gene and Lisa Fant, and you’ll appreciate that humor is part of the equation in getting to know North Greenville University’s new first couple. Ask about his earliest childhood memories of Mississippi, and he’ll say, “Pine trees, rattlesnakes and tornadoes.” Ask her what first attracted her to […]

Gene Fant to lead North Greenville University as next president

Gene C. Fant Jr., a veteran Baptist educator, has been named the eighth president of North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C. Fant, 53, who most recently served as provost and chief academic officer for Palm Beach Atlantic University, a Christian school in West Palm Beach, Fla., was introduced as “God’s man” for North Greenville by […]

Courier Readers Share Perspectives on Sunday School

Whatever you call it — Sunday school, life groups, Bible study, or a name unique to your own congregation — the gathering together of people in small groups is central to the process of producing mature and effective disciples of Christ. “Unfortunately, I never attended Sunday school much growing up,” says Brandon Martin of First […]

‘A Language the World Doesn’t Understand’

Forgiveness, love, hope mark Townville community after fatal school shooting When the alert sounded Sept. 28 from Kyle Caudell’s scanner of an active shooter at Townville Elementary School, his first thought was that it must be a drill. Because his daughter is a fifth-grader at the school, he was aware that teachers and students had […]