New Erskine scholarship honors Henry Stanford

The Henry Stanford Scholarship Fund, established last fall at Erskine College, will sponsor the Stanford Award to assist ministry students financially to attend the Due West school. The scholarship honors Henry G. Stanford Jr., who both served on the international mission field and was pastor of several South Carolina Baptist churches. He was a graduate of […]

Mohler Becomes Longest Tenured President at SBTS

Dec. 21, 2023, marked a historic milestone in the history of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and in the presidency of R. Albert Mohler Jr., as he has surpassed Duke K. McCall as the longest-tenured president in the institution’s history. In addition, he is the longest-serving leader of any SBC entity. The board of trustees elected […]

Florida Baptists’ Cuba Trip Yields Nearly 5,000 Decisions

As 2024 dawned, close to 5,000 people in Western Cuba were walking into the new year with new spiritual life found only in Jesus Christ. During a late 2023 trip to the island nation, eight Florida Baptist leaders came alongside Western Cuba Baptist leaders for eight days of evangelistic outreach and preaching, resulting in 4,820 […]

Courier Hires New Social Media Manager/Reporter

The Baptist Courier’s staff continues to grow and expand as the historic paper seeks to adapt to present media realities while also laying the foundation for a healthy future in an ever-changing Christian publishing market. Mary Margaret Flook, 21, who graduated last month from North Greenville University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, joined the […]

Anderson Senior Follies Performs Their 35th Show, “Bucket List” 

Anderson Senior Follies, a premier senior theatre performance organization, has showcased musicians, actors, dancers, comedians, and vocalists for 35 years. They will be performing “Bucket List” from March 7-10 at Anderson University’s Henderson Auditorium. Timmi Jernigan, a Follies member since 2021, described the show as energetic, fast-paced, humorous and creatively choreographed. All the performers are […]

Round Hill pastor Don Turner retires after 28 years of ministry

Don Turner retired as senior pastor of Round Hill Baptist Church in Lexington on Dec. 31, after 28 years of ministry. He and his wife, Toni, have faithfully served churches across South Carolina for more than 50 years. The church will be honoring the Turners with a drop-in and special service in January.

Near quarter of U.S. adults ‘spiritual but not religious,’ Pew finds

Nearly a quarter of American adults consider themselves “spiritual but not religious,” and a plurality of those say organized religion is divisive and spreads intolerance, Pew Research said in its latest release. The 22 percent of Americans describing themselves as spiritual but not religious track with recent U.S. declines in traditional religious beliefs and practices, […]

A Conversation with Our New President

Wes Church, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Columbia for the past five years, assumed the role of president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention following the annual meeting in November. He will preside at next year’s annual meeting when the state convention will convene at Columbia First on Nov. 11-12. He has chosen […]