Obituary: Butch Dyar

Michael “Butch” Dyar, 75, of Mauldin, died Aug. 23, 2017. Born in Hartwell, Ga., he served in the U.S. Army and received a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In South Carolina, he served as pastor of Great Swamp Baptist Church and Pine Grove Baptist Church No. 1 in Walterboro, and South […]

Annual meeting wrap: State Baptists ‘Unite’ for missions, evangelism

Gathering under the banner of “Unite,” messengers to the 197th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention sang, prayed, conducted business, and fanned out across the city of Columbia for “One Day” — a missions and evangelistic effort. The annual meeting took place Nov. 7-8 at Shandon Baptist Church. Keith Shorter, SCBC president and […]

Deadline nears for 2017 contributions to SCBC

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is advising churches and individuals that the following will count as 2017 contributions: — Hand-delivered contributions received by the close of business on Dec. 21. — Electronic contributions with a transaction date on or before Dec. 31. — Mailed contributions postmarked on or before Dec. 31 and received by Jan. […]

Anderson University presents 2017 Pastor of the Year awards

Anderson University presented its annual South Carolina Baptist Pastor of the Year awards Nov. 6 at the South Carolina Baptist Pastors Conference at Shandon Baptist Church. The awards were established in 2011 to honor outstanding pastors and are based on the following criteria: Having served in the South Carolina Baptist Convention for at least three […]

Upstate church to hold active-shooter seminar

Zion Hill Baptist Church in Spartanburg will sponsor a free seminar Jan. 16 for churches wanting to learn more about beefing up their security protocols. The Active Shooter and Violence in Church Environments Seminar will be led by personnel from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, said Zion Hill pastor Keith Davis. The event will […]

Scholarship fund honors memory of Upstate pastor

A scholarship fund honoring the late Phillip McMinn, a South Carolina pastor and scholar who died in a car accident in 2007, will benefit ministry students at two Upstate Baptist universities. The Phillip McMinn Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to qualifying students attending Anderson and North Greenville universities, the two institutions where McMinn’s children were […]

Letter: Spiritual Power of Congregational Singing

Thank you for the “Last Word” column, “The Power of Congregational Singing” (October 2017). Your words are timely and so needed in our churches. We have focused on the “up front” worship leaders and teams and have forgotten the spiritual power of God’s people singing to glorify God. I have placed my order for “Sing!” […]

Pastors’ Conference precedes SCBC annual meeting

The South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference will convene Monday, Nov. 6, at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude when keynote speaker Mac Brunson, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla., delivers his sermon around 8 p.m. Other speakers will include Gary Hollingsworth, Mike Hamlet, D.J. […]

Students earn degrees at AU’s Clamp Divinity School

Eight students earned graduate ministry degrees May 17 from Clamp Divinity School at Anderson University, including the following: Doctor of ministry in biblical preaching: Timothy Mann of Port Orange, Fla.; Johnnie Bradley of McKinney, Texas; and Charles Hill of Greer. Master of divinity: Emily Bowen of Anderson, and Christopher Ashley of Easley. Master of ministry: […]

Nov. 5 is Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Nov. 5 has been designated International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, and Jesse French wants Christians in America to take notice and to pray. A member of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, French founded Operation Orange Ribbon in May 2015 as a way to raise awareness for the plight of persecuted Christians around the […]