South Carolina Baptist Convention leaders agree it’s time to remove the flag

Tommy Kelly, president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and Richard Harris, interim executive director-treasurer, have released a statement supporting Gov. Nikki Haley’s request to remove the Confederate flag from the state house grounds: “Believing God created all men and women in His image, racism of any form is repulsive and contrary to our Christian […]

SCBC donates $25,000 to aid families of shooting victims

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has donated $25,000 directly to Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to help offset burial costs for families of nine church members who were gunned down during a prayer meeting by a lone assailant June 17. Mark Hendrick, associate director for the SCBC’s Office of Public Policy, presented the check […]

S.C. Baptist leader deplores ‘unspeakable evil’ in Charleston church massacre

Richard Harris, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, released a statement today concerning the June 17 mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, which resulted in the deaths of nine people, including the church’s pastor, Clementa Pinckney. Below is Harris’ complete statement: The news of the tragic shooting in Charleston […]

Keep up with the latest news from the SBC Annual Meeting

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Bold Spring Baptist Church observes May events

Bold Spring Baptist Church, Troy, celebrated the month of May with several events. On May 3, church members honored the pastor’s wife, Roxie, with a surprise breakfast and with cards and gifts of appreciation for her service to the fellowship. On May 17, the semi-annual new member fellowship was held, welcoming two new members. The congregation brought food for […]

Gray Court First Baptist ordains Phil Cook to the ministry

First Baptist Church, Gray Court, ordained Phil Cook (center) to the ministry on April 19. He and his wife, Donna, were honored with a meal following the service. Cook is currently serving at Quillen Manor retirement center in Fountain Inn. Pictured is pastor James Manning congratulating the Cooks.

Beulah Baptist honors treasurer David Smith

Beulah Baptist Church, Lakelands Baptist Association, recognized David Smith (center) on June 7 for 50 years of service as church treasurer. Pictured with Smith are deacon chairman Wayne Ashley (left) and pastor David Garrick.

Waccamaw Association calls Tommy Richardson as DOM

Tommy Richardson has been called as the new director of missions for Waccamaw Baptist Association. He previously served as senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Montmorenci. Richardson has served as a mission outpost strategist with the South Carolina Baptist Convention since 2012 and will continue in that role while serving as DOM at Waccamaw. He […]

Pastors talk about where they find encouragement

We asked pastors to share with us their experiences with discouragement and to tell us where they find encouragement in their calling. The sources of discouragement were familiar: the sheer burden of the time required to do the job, the demands on the pastor’s family, the pastor assuming the burdens of church members as his […]