Aderholt resigns as SCBC associate executive director

Mark Aderholt, associate executive director and chief strategist for the South Carolina Baptist Convention for the last year and a half, has resigned, according to an SCBC statement released June 19. In the statement, Gary Hollingsworth, SCBC executive director-treasurer, said he has “received and accepted a letter of resignation” from Aderholt. Hollingsworth said he accepted […]

Davis keynote speaker at SWU commencement

Ben Davis, retired president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, was the keynote speaker May 5 at Southern Wesleyan University’s graduation ceremony. Davis, pictured with his wife, Polly, was presented an honorary doctor of laws degree. Davis serves as chairman of The Baptist Courier board of trustees and is also chairman of the South Carolina Department […]

More than 1,500 graduate from state’s Baptist universities

South Carolina’s three Baptist-affiliated universities awarded more than 1,500 degrees at their spring graduation ceremonies. North Greenville University held outdoor commencement services April 28 at the Melvin and Dollie Younts football stadium on the NGU campus, and 300 students received degrees. Erik C. Weir, of WCM Global Wealth, was the keynote speaker. More than 700 […]

Retiring CSU president Jairy Hunter looks back on career, God’s will

When Jairy Hunter became president of Baptist College of Charleston in the summer of 1984, the school faced the prospect of closing its doors. An editorial in The Baptist Courier a few months earlier described how the institution, the only Baptist-affiliated college in the lower half of the state, was heavily encumbered with long-term debt. […]

Gardner publishes series on family’s religious journeys

June McManus Gardner, of Gaffney, wife of retired pastor Norman Gardner, has published “The Faith of Our Fathers,” a series of history books chronicling the religious journeys of her family’s ancestors from Europe to America, up to modern times. The books, written as a legacy for the Gardners’ sons and offering a glimpse of post-Reformation […]

Jimmy Napier retires after 46 years in full-time ministry

Jimmy Napier recently retired from full-time pastoral ministry after serving eight years as pastor of Gloverville First Baptist Church (Aiken Association). He has spent 46 years as a minister and evangelist in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, in addition to his tenure at Gloverville. He and his wife, Barbara, will reside in North Augusta. He […]

Satterwhite concludes five decades of S.C. Baptist work

Cliff Satterwhite, a familiar face to thousands of South Carolina Baptists after 50 years of denominational leadership, retired May 15. Satterwhite began his ministry in churches as a youth and recreation minister and later served as campus minister at Anderson College (now Anderson University). He recently concluded his career as field ambassador/coordinator for the Baptist […]

Prayer room available to S.C. Baptists at SBC annual meeting

The GuideStone hospitality room at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting has been reserved as a prayer room for South Carolina messengers attending this year’s convention. The room will be available June 11 at 9:15 p.m. following Monday’s pre-convention activities. South Carolina Baptist Convention president Marshall Blalock, president-elect Bryant Sims, and executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth […]

Obituary: Earl Lewers

Earl Lewers, 79, of Greenville, who led his church in the late 1970s to become the first African-American congregation to join the Greenville Baptist Association, died May 26, 2018. Lewers was a pastor for 42 years and retired in 2008 as the founding pastor of Open Heart Baptist Church, located in the Dunean section of […]

Paige Patterson terminated ‘effective immediately’ by SWBTS trustee executive committee

Paige Patterson has been terminated “effective immediately” as president emeritus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the school’s trustee executive committee announced late on May 30. The executive committee cited “new information” about Paige’s handling of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student while Patterson was president of another institution “and resulting issues connected with […]