Author seeks stories of angel encounters

Do you believe you have had an experience with an angel? if so, Courier editor Rudy Gray wants to hear about it. Gray is working on a devotional book about angels that will include his own story of an experience with an angel, and he wants to read stories from South Carolinians who believe they […]

Jim Wooten, longtime S.C. pastor, to retire in August

Jim Wooten, pastor of The Baptist Church of Beaufort for the past 10 years and a minister for 44 years, has announced that he will retire in August. He previously served as pastor of New Prospect Baptist Church in Laurens, First Baptist Church of Winnsboro, and Earle Street Baptist Church in Greenville. He and his […]

S.C. bill: ‘Personhood begins at conception’

A “personhood” bill has been introduced in both the South Carolina Senate and House that would set the legal definition of human life as beginning at fertilization and extend constitutional protections to all unborn children. If passed, the legislation essentially bans all abortions, except in a case preventing the death of a pregnant person, and […]

Shell Point Baptist calls Darren Jones as senior pastor

Darren Jones is the new senior pastor of Shell Point Baptist Church in Beaufort. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biblical and theological studies from Liberty University and is pursuing an M.Div. in homiletics from Liberty. He and his wife, Kayla, have one son.

SCBC names Cliff Marshall as church planting team leader

Cliff Marshall has been promoted to church planting team leader for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Marshall joined the SCBC in 2015 to work with church planting. He planted a church, Freedom Fellowship, in 2004, which has invested more than $100,000 in planting 14 other churches. Prior to that, he served in student ministry for 10 […]

SBC to consider amendment on sex abuse prevention

In response to a report by convention president J.D. Greear, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee will recommend an amendment to the SBC constitution aimed at preventing and responding to sexual abuse. The proposed amendment, which was adopted by the Executive Committee without opposition, would declare the churches are not “in friendly cooperation with the […]

Former music minister’s estate gives $566K to Lottie Moon Offering

The estate of Vernon B. Sloan, a member of Washington Baptist Church in Greer, recently presented a $566,740 gift to the South Carolina Baptist Convention earmarked for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Sloan, a retired bivocational minister of music who served churches in the Upstate for 60 years, was a World War II veteran with […]