Obituary: J.B. Redd

J.B. Redd, 92, of Canton, Ga., died Sept. 9, 2021. A native of Vaucluse, he served in the Navy and was a minister for 58 years. He retired from Providence Baptist Church, Hodges, in 1994 and served as interim pastor at several churches, including Vaucluse First Baptist and Philippi Baptist, in Johnston. Survivors include his […]

Obituary: Willie Ray Patterson

Willie Ray Patterson, 82, of Laurens, died Aug. 30, 2021. A native of Anderson County, he was a graduate of Anderson College, Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He retired from Shiloh Baptist Church in Seneca after many years of pastoral service and was a member of Abney Memorial Baptist Church in Greenwood at […]

Obituary: Bob Miller

Robert “Bob” Marion Miller, 87, of Greenwood, died Sept. 12, 2021. A native of Greenville, he was a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of North Greenville University, Furman University, and Luther Rice Seminary.  He served as pastor of several Baptist churches during his ministry, including Cedar Grove, Fountain Inn; Franklin, Greer; Eastview; and Woodfields, […]

In new book, author shares prayer-poems from cancer experience

A cancer diagnosis in March 2018 prompted Douglas Wyant to write the prayer-poems collected in “A Pilgrim’s Prayers.” His short, sincere prayers were written in response to the Scripture he read during his recuperation from surgery and chemotherapy. Here is a sample prayer request: Rescue Me O Lord, I cry out to you from the […]

Pastor pens 7 keys to John’s Gospel

The number seven is significant to John, the beloved disciple, in helping structure his gospel, Nashville pastor Ken Clayton details in his new book, “7/7: The Key to Understanding the Gospel of John.” Tennessee Baptist editor Lonnie Wilkey describes Clayton’s new book as “must-reading for all Christians, but especially new believers.” “For nearly 25 years […]

Letter: Thanks for recognizing social workers

I wanted to express my appreciate for an article in the August 2021 edition of The Baptist Courier, “The Unsung Hero of the Hospital” by Edwin Leap, M.D. I have spent most of my career in hospice social work and counseling, and his thoughtful reflections about the role of the medical social worker are so […]

Churches encouraged to #FillTheTank on Sept. 12

The annual Southern Baptist emphasis on baptism is coming up Sept. 12, and the North American Mission Board is encouraging churches to celebrate by baptizing new believers who have recently made professions of faith. “Our theme for Baptism Sunday is ‘Fill the Tank,’” said Johnny Hunt, NAMB’s senior vice president for evangelism and leadership. “We […]

Newberry First pastor to be nominated for SCBC president-elect

Albert Allen, pastor of First Baptist Church, Newberry, since 2014, will be nominated for president-elect of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at this year’s annual meeting in Columbia’s First Baptist Church, Nov. 8-9. Allen is a Columbia native and was licensed and ordained at First Baptist, Columbia. Wes Church, senior pastor at Columbia First, who […]

Beaver Creek, Neeses, calls Jerry Randall Sargent as pastor

Jerry Randall Sargent has been called as pastor of Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Neeses. An Orangeburg native, Sargent received a bachelor’s degree at Liberty University and was licensed by Beaver Creek on July 2. His wife, Dawn, is principal of Swansea High Freshman Academy in Lexington School District Four. They reside in Gaston.