S.C. Student Loan Corp. gives $500,000 for state Baptist Disaster Relief

South Carolina Student Loan Corporation, based in Columbia, has donated $500,000 to South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief toward the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s three-year commitment to rebuild homes affected by the October 2015 flooding throughout the state. The donation was made at Gov. Nikki Haley’s office on Feb. 4. The governor applauded the partnership between […]

Speaking of Alabama-Clemson …

Gary Hollingsworth was called to be executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention the same week his alma mater defeated Clemson University in the NCAA football championship game. The irony of the timing is not lost on the Alabama alumnus, who supports his alma mater but also admires Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. “I […]

Letter: May Charleston Lead Us in Showing Love

Thank you, South Carolina Baptists, for passing the resolution on Mother Emanuel AME Church at the 2015 meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Our nation wept as we watched the horrific events unfold. The murders happened in a church during a Wednesday night prayer meeting. Unimaginable! We must set aside our differences in order to […]

Letter: Supporting God’s ‘100-Percent Truth’

Thank you, Dr. Gray, for your article, “Results of False Teaching,” in the January issue of The Courier. Sadly, I see major changes happening in our churches — mostly because of false teaching (especially half-truths) and the growing lack of personal Bible study. Your article uses three verses (Matthew 7:21-23) that today’s Christian does not […]

Obituary: Bill Lockaby Jr.

William F. “Bill” Lockaby Jr. of Vernon, Vt., formerly of Greenville, died Nov. 12, 2015. Born in Greenville on Jan. 28, 1954, he graduated from Mars Hill College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He spent his ministry as a chaplain and as a pastor for several churches in South Carolina. Survivors include his wife, Lori […]

Obituary: Danny Gray

Danny Gray, 76, of Anderson, died Dec. 22, 2015. Born in Williamston on Sept. 27, 1939, he served in the United States Navy and pastored churches in Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina. He served as an evangelist for six years and retired at Mount Tabor Baptist Church in 2010. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Whitworth […]

Obituary: Ronald David Daves

Ronald David Daves, 61, of Columbia, died Dec. 16, 2015. Born Nov. 22, 1954, in St. Louis, Mo., he was a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a doctor of ministry degree. He was a pastor for more than 31 years and served several churches in South Carolina. His most recent pastorate was at […]

Obituary: James Nathan Blackwell Sr.

James Nathan Blackwell Sr., 84, of Abbeville, died Jan. 3, 2016. Born May 1, 1931, in Newport, Tenn., he was a graduate of North Greenville University. He served as pastor of Nine Forks Baptist Church and Peter’s Creek Baptist Church in Pickens County. His last pastorate was West Side Baptist Church in Abbeville, where he […]

Obituary: James Blackwelder

James Pierce Blackwelder, 95, of Winnsboro, died Dec. 18, 2015. He was born Sept. 28, 1920, in Charlotte, N.C. He graduated from Wake Forest College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was active in the ministry for 42 years. After serving churches in North and South Carolina, he became pastor of Stephen Greene Baptist Church […]

Graham’s Decision America Tour coming to Columbia Feb. 9

Franklin Graham will bring his Decision America Tour to the steps of the South Carolina State House in Columbia for a noon prayer rally on Feb. 9. “I believe we are perilously close to the moral tipping point for the survival of the United States of America,” Graham said in the latest issue of Decision […]