SCBC Executive Board holds Dec. meeting, elects officers

Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church, was elected chairman of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the board’s Dec. 7 winter meeting in Columbia. Kelly, who served as SCBC president in 2015, will serve with vice chairman Randy Kirby, worship pastor at Simpsonville First Baptist Church, and secretary Cindy […]

Reading mentor joins ‘stick figure’ family portrait

During the school year, pastor Steve Burnette spends time every week with his “reading buddy” at a local elementary school. “It’s amazing how you can become a strong voice in these children’s lives [by being] an adult who cares and demonstrates love to them just 30 minutes a week,” said Burnette. Burnette’s church, First Baptist […]

Hundreds of new believers come to Christ through state’s BCM ministries 

Baptist Collegiate Ministries across South Carolina saw 337 students give their lives to Christ during the past school year. According to collegiate ministry group director Ken Owens of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, 17 BCM ministries across the state have been intentional in their focus on evangelism and outreach, and they are seeing tremendous campus […]

Two thriving Beaufort church plants are just a few miles apart

When he felt God calling him into new work 15 years ago, David Holland was on staff at The Baptist Church of Beaufort. Fulfilled in ministry and content in his church, Holland says he began to recognize spiritual disconnect in his community as he met neighbors and engaged other parents at his children’s activities. “The […]

Multiplication ‘part of the DNA’ of Mt. Pleasant church plant

The Church at LifePark is located several miles from its founding church, First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant. In just a few years’ time, LifePark has seen about 600 baptisms and welcomes 1,700 people a week to worship services. The young church has put down roots in a growing community, implemented a strong ministry transitioning […]

South Carolina literacy teams serve refugee community abroad

Trained literacy missions volunteers from South Carolina and neighboring states are partnering to reach Syrian refugees through a 10-week pilot language project anchored in Europe. Former missionaries and members of the National Literacy Missions organization collaborated to develop the curriculum and volunteer base, which is staffing the five teams serving onsite. Bob* and Anne*, former […]

Prayer-walking connects Greenwood congregation with community in tangible way

Members of Abney Memorial Baptist Church in Greenwood have prayer-walked every street within a five-mile radius of the church. Through a two-year intentional community outreach, the church has walked past 2,000 homes and businesses and prayed for the people living or working inside. According to pastor Brent Bennett, it’s become a meaningful ministry that affects […]

Tending to Spiritual Needs after the Disaster

Georgiana Haselden survived the devastating floods of 2015 that demolished her home in Hemingway. Almost exactly one year later, she faced Hurricane Matthew’s impact to the same area. Now, because of ongoing disaster relief survivor care ministry efforts in her town, Haselden faces future life crises with the living hope of Jesus Christ. “Disaster relief […]

New South Carolina Baptist history book slated for 2020 publication

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has engaged Josh Powell, a Lexington pastor, to write a new history of the state denomination, with an expected release date close to the convention’s 200th anniversary in 2020. The convention’s history committee is overseeing the three-year project. Michael Bryant, executive vice president of Charleston Southern University and chair of the SCBC […]