SCBC Executive Board elects 2017 officers at Dec. meeting

John Goudelock (left), associate pastor of Living Water Baptist Church in Longs (Waccamaw Association) was elected chairman of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Dec. 8. Serving with Goudelock in 2017 will be vice chairman Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church, and secretary Katie Whitaker, a member of West Columbia […]

Upstate man tells story of missionary work in Thailand

Courier Publishing is pleased to announce the release of “Worth It All,” by Jack Mahaffey, missionary to Thailand. When Mahaffey preached his final sermon at Hat Yai Baptist Church in Southern Thailand, a man from the church asked him if the three decades he had spent as a missionary had been worth it. “Yes, it […]

Obituary: Robert G. Norris Jr.

Robert G. Norris Jr., 79, of Anderson, died Nov. 28, 2016. A native of Anderson, he served in the U.S. Army National Guard and worked with Owens Corning Fiberglas for 42 years. After retirement, he worked for Anderson County Solid Waste. He was associate pastor at Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Anderson, where he was also […]

Obituary: Joel P. Jenkins Sr.

Joel P. Jenkins Sr., 90, of Piedmont, died Nov. 13, 2016. Born in Greenville, he was a member of Easley First Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended Southeastern and Erskine seminaries and was a graduate of Furman University. He pastored Baptist churches in North and South Carolina […]

Letter: I disagreed with Moore on Trump but support him as ERLC president

There have been a number of people in the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump who have spoken with disdain regarding [Southern Baptist Convention Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president] Russell Moore being a “never Trumper.” Let me begin by saying that I chose to vote for president-elect Trump because of several issues, primarily because […]

S.C. pastors rally around ‘Not Ashamed’ theme at annual conference

Pastors from across the state heard seven messages focusing on the theme “Not Ashamed of the Gospel” at the 2016 South Carolina Baptist Pastors Conference, held Nov. 14 at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce. Dick Lincoln, pastor of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, spoke on “Preparing to Preach,” emphasizing that not only does the Bible […]

Wiles to lead Hampton First Baptist as transitional pastor

Emerson Wiles has been called as transitional pastor of Hampton First Baptist Church. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and pastored churches in Tennessee and Hawaii for 29 years before retiring in 2011. He previously was transitional pastoral at Moncks Corner First Baptist Church. Wiles and his wife, Mary, have been married for […]

Obituary: Billy Metters

William Kenneth “Billy” Metters Sr., 86, of Asheboro, N.C., died Dec. 12, 2016. A graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible College, he retired from the ministry after serving for three decades as pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Spartanburg. He also served churches in North Carolina during his 50 years of ministry. Survivors include his wife […]