Evangelistic renewal advocated by SBC task force

Messengers to the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas adopted a report from the Evangelism Task Force appointed by SBC president Steve Gaines in 2017. The report spoke to eight areas of ministry and encouraged leaders of those ministries to enlist workers, train Christians, and focus on evangelistic ministry. Chairman Adam Greenway, dean […]

NGU announces Agape English Language Institute partnership

North Greenville University has entered into a conditional admissions agreement with Agape English Language Institute. Agape provides English language education to international students. Associate vice president for adult and graduate academic services Tawana Scott said Agape’s mission aligns with NGU’s mission. “While a student is not required to be a Christian to attend either institution, […]

SCBC welcomes resolutions and Christian service award nominations

Resolutions to be considered during this year’s annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Nov. 13-14 in Charleston are due Oct. 13. Submissions should include the name, address and email (if available) of the person making the resolution, along with the name and address of the submitter’s church. Also, each year the Christian Life […]

Obituary: Brenda Barnes

Brenda Jean Martin Barnes, 72, a longtime ministry assistant for Beaverdam Baptist Association, died June 18, 2018. Barnes, of West Union, served the association’s churches for 29 years. She was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Willie Hugh Barnes, three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Obituary: Lois Abercrombie

Henrietta Lois Alexander Abercrombie, 91, of Pickens, a pastor’s wife, died June 21, 2018. Born in Oconee County, she was the wife of Marion Luther Abercrombie Jr. She was a homemaker and a member of East Pickens Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, three children, eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Obituary: Doug Thrift 

Douglas Thrift, 73, of Mayo, died June 19, 2018. He was a 1971 graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and pastored four churches, including two in South Carolina: Thorn Hill Baptist and Shamrock Baptist. He also worked for several funeral homes during his life and was a member of Casey Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include […]

Obituary: Herbert Allen O’Neal

Herbert Allen O’Neal, 86, died June 21, 2018. He served as the former pastor of Victory Baptist Church in James Island. He was a nationally awarded photographer and owned a photography studio while living in Atlanta, Ga. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Anita Hays O’Neal, a daughter, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He […]

Obituary: Waites McLeod 

Waites McLeod, 81, of Loris, died June 16, 2018. McLeod, a veteran of the U.S. Army, was a retired Baptist minister and a member of Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church in Loris.

Obituary: Walter L. Howell

Walter Lewis Howell, 93, of Columbia, died June 18, 2018. Born June 23, 1924, in North Carolina, he served with the U.S. Armed Forces at an air base in England during World War II. After working for several years as a printer with a daily newspaper in West Virginia, he answered a call to the […]

Rick Cruz named worship pastor at Santee Circle Community Church

Rick Cruz has been called as worship pastor of Santee Circle Community Church in Moncks Corner. The Goose Creek native previously served in North Carolina. He earned a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Michelle, have three sons: Joshua, Matthew and Stephen.