New state convention CEO to hold statewide listening sessions

Gary Hollingsworth, newly elected SCBC executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, wants to hear what’s on the minds of South Carolina Baptists. To that end he has scheduled six listening sessions across the state during the month of March. A Jan. 26 email from the SCBC to church leaders and staff members said […]

Richard Harris affirms nomination of Gary Hollingsworth for next SCBC executive director-treasurer

In a Jan. 12 “Open Letter to South Carolina Baptists,” interim SCBC executive director-treasurer Richard Harris affirmed the nomination of Gary Hollingsworth as the next chief executive for the state denomination. Hollingsworth is the choice of a search committee of the SCBC Executive Board. State convention messengers will vote on Hollingsworth Thursday, Jan. 14, at a […]

Obituary: James Roland Watterson Sr.

James Roland Watterson Sr., 83, of Lexington, died Nov. 27, 2015. He served four churches as pastor in 35 years of active ministry: Eastside Baptist of Columbia, First Baptist of North, Red Bank Baptist in Saluda, and Still Waters Baptist in Leesville. In retirement he served several churches as interim pastor. Watterson graduated from Wingate […]

Obituary: Ronald Kevin Skipper

Ronald Kevin Skipper, 56, of Blythewood, died Nov. 20, 2015. Born in France, he earned his doctor of ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored First Baptist Church of Loris and Kittiwake Baptist Church in West Columbia. He was known on WVOC radio as the host of “The Discipline Financial Show” and provided […]

Obituary: Dallas Lester Redding Jr.

Dallas “Dal” L. Redding Jr., 93, died Nov. 10, 2015. He attended Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and earned a degree in pastoral ministries from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Extension Department. He pastored five churches in South Carolina: Trinity Baptist in Gaston, Mt. Carmel Baptist in Orangeburg, Highland Baptist in Orangeburg, McCall First Baptist, and […]

Obituary: Wilbur Buford Creech

Wilbur Buford Creech, 83, of Barnwell County, died Oct. 9, 2015. He was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College, Florida Baptist Theological College, and William Carey Baptist College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was ordained into the ministry in 1957. He served as pastor of churches in Alabama, […]

Obituary: Joan Jackson Burnett

Joan Jackson Burnett, 69, of Duncan, died Dec. 3, 2015. She was the wife of Gerald W. Burnett, pastor of Care Baptist Church in Spartanburg. Born April 22, 1946, in Spartanburg, she retired from the National Beta Club after 32 years of service and served as CEO. Survivors in addition to her husband include three […]

‘Shade Tree’ offers lakefront retreat for ministry couples

Mark and Shelia Bagwell are the directors of the non-profit Shade Tree Ministries, located on Lake Keowee in Oconee County. Ministry couples can stay without cost in the private accommodations within the Bagwells’ home for a week of rest and relaxation, spiritual renewal, and personal and marital restoration. Meals are provided, and Shelia says they […]

Siloam Baptist Church calls Troy Harrison as pastor

Troy Harrison began duties as pastor of Siloam Baptist Church, Easley, on Nov. 1. He holds degrees in leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University. Harrison worked in marketing and business development before entering the ministry in 2007, and has served as executive assistant to the provost and […]