Obituary: W. James Rivers 

W. James Rivers, 88, of Morehead City, N.C., died July 13, 2017. A native of Hampton, S.C., he graduated from the University of South Carolina and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of theology degree from Charleston Southern University. He served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of captain, and […]

Obituary: Robert Eugene Ott

Robert Eugene Ott, 40, of Florence, died July 14, 2017. A native of North Charleston, he was a graduate Charleston Southern University. During college, he surrendered his life to full-time ministry and was ordained on July 7, 1998, and later served as pastor of The Garden Church of Florence. Survivors include his wife, April Ott, […]

Obituary: Ben F. Rogers Jr.

Benjamin “Ben” Francis Rogers Jr., 81, of Easley, died Aug. 3, 2017. Born in Travelers Rest, he was a graduate of Mars Hill College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ordained in 1966, he served churches in North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina. He also served as a bivocational pastor while employed as a truck driver. […]

Obituary: Ray Ridgeway Jr.

Ray Ridgeway Jr., 73, of Anderson, died July 23, 2017. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. For 35 years, he pastored churches in Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina. He served for the last 13 years as a hospice chaplain. He was active in missions to Russia, […]

Lackey represents third generation of Connie Maxwell trustees

Richard Lackey is following in both his father’s and his grandfather’s footsteps — all three have served as trustees for Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Richard’s grandfather, Elwood Lackey, grew up at Connie Maxwell. He became a professional photographer in Orangeburg and later served as a trustee at Connie Maxwell. Richard’s father, Shelton Lackey, who lives […]

Ron Jackson receives award from Covington Theological Seminary

Ron Jackson, chairman of Parson’s Pantry Ministry and pastor emeritus of East Gaffney Baptist Church, was presented the Lifetime Ministry Recognition Award by Covington Theological Seminary on July 27 at the school’s alumni banquet. Jackson, who has been active in ministry for 51 years, was also presented a doctor of divinity degree from Covington at […]

Clear Water Branch calls Mike Catoe as bivocational pastor

Mike Catoe has accepted a call as bivocational pastor of Clear Water Branch Baptist Church in Aiken. He has led several churches over the past 47 years: Double Pond Baptist in Blackville, Central Baptist in Aiken, and Mount Arnon Baptist in Allendale, where he served for 31 years. He is a graduate of Wingate and […]

Jon Jamison joins S.C. Baptist Convention staff

Jon Jamison has joined the South Carolina Baptist Convention as compassion ministries strategist. He will help churches and associations with multi-housing, hunger relief, literacy, refugees and immigrants, and human trafficking ministries. He formerly served in Iowa. “Where churches have an interest in exploring a new community ministry, I want to have conversations about how they […]