Carolyn Rainey joins Courier staff as circulation manager

Carolyn Rainey has joined the staff of The Baptist Courier as circulation manager. She will maintain church and individual subscription accounts and can be reached at 864-232-8736, extension 16. A Greenville native, Rainey previously served on the Courier staff in the 1970s and 1980s. She retired from Canal Insurance after 23 years of employment. She […]

Retired missionary publishes first novel

Jean Phillips has released her seventh book but first novel, “Light in the Darkness,” a story of how the light of Jesus dispels spiritual darkness in a rural district in Zimbabwe. Phillips and her late husband, Gene, served for more than 40 years as Southern Baptist missionaries in Zimbabwe and other southern African countries. She […]

Obituary: Frank Zedick

Frank Zedick of Durham, N.C., died April 3, 2016. He was a former pastor of Durbin Creek Baptist Church and Bethany Baptist Church, both of Fountain Inn, and Dillon First Baptist Church. He also served churches in North Carolina. He was a graduate of Furman University and earned bachelor of divinity, master of theology and […]

Obituary: Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson, of Anderson, died April 9, 2016. A member and deacon at Anderson First Baptist Church, he served as music minister in several Upstate churches over the past 60 years. He was owner of Jim Wilson Realty and Construction and was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, […]

Obituary: Mario Vargas

Mario Vargas, 77, of Camden, died March 17, 2016. A native of El Salvador, he studied at the Baptist Seminary in Mexico City, Mexico, and the Hispano-American Seminary in Los Angeles, Calif. Over the course of 50 years, he pastored churches in El Salvador, California, North Carolina, Arkansas, and South Carolina. His passion was spreading […]

Obituary: Leroy Sheppard 

Leroy McKinley Sheppard II, 45, of Spartanburg, died April 7, 2016. He served as youth and children’s minister at the Laotian Baptist Mission, and founded and directed Shepherd’s Door Ministries for over 10 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg. Survivors include his wife, Marlaina Bowen Sheppard, and six children. He was […]

Obituary: Wade Rooks

Kenneth Wade Rooks, 43, of Simpsonville, died April 4, 2016. He was born in Griffin, Ga., and was a graduate of Georgia Tech and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was teaching pastor and minister of outreach at Simpsonville First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Brandi Deione Rooks, and two children.

State CP giving ahead of last year’s pace

Cooperative Program gifts from South Carolina Baptist Convention churches are $250,408 ahead of last year’s pace but 4.44 percent below budgeted needs through the first three months of 2016. Through March, churches forwarded $6,808,525 to the SCBC, $316,474 short of budgeted needs, according to figures released by Pam Carroll, the SCBC’s chief financial officer. In […]

Obituary: Pat Perry

Harold Patrick Perry, 81, of Simpsonville, died March 10, 2016. Born in Monticello, Ga., he was a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Furman University. He served as pastor of churches in Greenville and in Kentucky for 23 years. He also served as an evangelist for 17 years. Survivors include his wife, Joanne Henry […]

Obituary: Cindy Morris

Cynthia Denise Morris, 55, former director of the Childhood Ministry Group of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, died March 27, 2016, in Ocean Springs, Miss., from complications related to diabetes. Morris served the SCBC from 1996-2014. She was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She previously served […]