SC Baptist Convention messengers vote to disaffiliate with Augusta Heights Church over same-sex marriage

South Carolina Baptist Convention messengers voted Nov. 10 to disaffiliate with Augusta Heights Baptist Church of Greenville after the church’s pastor performed a same-sex marriage ceremony. Dwight Easler, chairman of the SCBC Executive Board, presented the motion to messengers “with a burdened and heavy heart” and said the convention “must lovingly and without apology stand […]

Officers chosen for 2016 S.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference

Mike Runion (left), pastor of City View First Baptist Church of Greenville, was elected president of the 2016 South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference Nov. 10 at Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg. Runion served as vice president of the Pastors’ Conference in 2015. Schuyler Peterson (center), pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg, was elected treasurer. […]

Kenneth Morgan honored for 61 years of teaching Sunday school

Kenneth Morgan has been teaching Sunday school for a long, long time. In fact, over the last 61 years, Morgan has probably opened up God’s Word to the people of Red Oak Grove Baptist Church in Modoc (Edgefield Baptist Association) more times than any other person in the church’s history — including any of the […]

Kelly announces Committee on Committees members

South Carolina Baptist Convention president Tommy Kelly has announced his appointees to the 2016 Committee on Committees, who will consider and present for approval nominees to the convention’s standing committees at the 2016 SCBC annual meeting: Jimmie Davis (Spartanburg First Baptist) Rod Elliott (Kellytown Baptist, Hartsville) Jason Burley (Covenant Church, Lancaster) Herman Kiesler (Barnwell First […]

Augusta Heights Baptist Church dismissed from Greenville Association after pastor performs same-sex marriage

Updated Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. Editor’s note: Messengers to the 2015 annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Nov. 10 approved a motion from the SCBC Executive Board that Augusta Heights Baptist Church “be disaffiliated from the South Carolina Baptist Convention.” Greenville Baptist Association messengers voted unanimously Oct. 22 to dismiss Augusta Heights Baptist […]

88-year-old Bill Taylor returns to preach at Westside Church in Sumter

Retired pastor Bill Taylor is returning to preach at a Sumter church he helped found many years ago. Taylor, 88, will bring the Sunday morning message at Westside Baptist Church on Nov. 15. He is the former pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Sumter, which sponsored the Westside congregation as a mission. Taylor pastored and led […]

NGU panel to address preaching in contemporary culture

A Nov. 12 panel discussion at North Greenville University will explore “Evangelical Preaching in Contemporary Culture.” The event will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the university’s Craft/Hemphill Building. Panelists will include Marcus Buckley, pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Greer; Rudy Gray, editor of The Baptist Courier; Paul Jimenez, pastor of Taylors First […]

Courier editor’s new book will be free at SCBC annual meeting

Baptist Courier editor Rudy Gray will be giving away signed copies of his latest book, “You Can Live Until You Die,” at the upcoming annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Gray says some people stop living long before they die, while others embrace every moment of life until their dying breath. In “You […]

A Flood of Emotion

The North American Mission Board has produced a short video that shows Southern Baptist volunteers at work in the days following the floods in South Carolina.