Allan Kircher is new pastor of Nixville Baptist Church

Allan H. Kircher has been called as pastor of Nixville Baptist Church in Estill. He formerly pastored Shell Point Baptist Church in Beaufort. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. Kircher is the author of “Moving Beyond Sunday,” which examines […]

‘21st Century Ministry’ D.Min. launching at AU

Anderson University’s Clamp Divinity School has established a new “Doctor of Ministry in 21st Century Ministry” degree program designed to better equip pastors and church leaders for effective service in a shifting culture. The program engages multiple fields — from leadership and church health to pastoral ministry and evangelism — with an emphasis on “leaning […]

Author hopes to help those in grief

Bill McEntire, pastor of Black Creek Baptist Church in Darlington, has written a book that recounts the struggle of losing a spouse to death. After his wife passed away, McEntire had a difficult time readjusting to life. In “Never the Same,” he shares his story of having a supportive family and a community of faith […]

Obituary: Pete Debruhl

Pete Lynwood Debruhl, 85, of Cassatt, died April 1, 2017. A native of Camden, he served as pastor of the following South Carolina Baptist churches: Beaverdam, Harmony, Calvary, Socastee, Oakey Swamp and Galivants Ferry, and also led services at Little Pee Dee State Park. Survivors include his wife, Bernice Currie Debruhl, two daughters, eight grandchildren, […]

State CP giving lags in 1st quarter

Through the first three months of 2017, Cooperative Program gifts from churches through the South Carolina Baptist Convention were 6.09 percent short of budgeted needs. Through March, CP receipts totaled $6,691,131, or $433,869 below budgeted needs, according to information released by Pam Carroll, chief financial officer for the SCBC. Also, Cooperative Program receipts were $117,394 […]

Obituary: Edward E. Kemper

Edward Eugene Kemper, 85, of Aiken, died March 22, 2017. A native of Tennessee, he served in the National Guard for 11 years and worked at the Savannah River Plant for 42 years. He retired after 20 years as pastor of Green Pond Baptist Church and was a member of Millbrook Baptist Church. Survivors include […]

Physician’s experiences form basis for new book

Family physician Robert Jackson of Spartanburg has captured his passion for the rights of unborn children in his first book, “The Family Doctor Speaks: The Truth About Life.” The book reflects on what the author describes as 35 years of “pro-life adventures with some women in crisis pregnancies and my own experience with my two […]

Baptist Foundation announces search process

The Baptist Foundation of South Carolina has formed a search committee to seek the next president to succeed Barry B. Edwards, who will retire at the end of August. The committee is chaired by former board chairman Tom Cothran of Columbia. Other committee members include board members and a representative from the South Carolina Baptist […]

Obituary: R. Dale Cox

Roger Dale Cox, 67, of Florence, died March 28, 2017. A native of Kingstree, he graduated from Newberry College, Winthrop College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He taught in public schools across South Carolina and served as headmaster at Andrews Christian School. He was pastor of churches in Georgia, Texas and Virginia, and was an […]

Obituary: David LeGrand Young

David LeGrand Young, 67, of Aiken, died March 31, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of Aiken County and served as pastor at Clear Water Branch Baptist Church for the past five years. He was a member of the Aiken Baptist Association Ministerial Group. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Vicki Zielinski Young, two […]