Obituary: Pat Perry

Harold Patrick Perry, 81, of Simpsonville, died March 10, 2016. Born in Monticello, Ga., he was a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Furman University. He served as pastor of churches in Greenville and in Kentucky for 23 years. He also served as an evangelist for 17 years. Survivors include his wife, Joanne Henry […]

Obituary: Cindy Morris

Cynthia Denise Morris, 55, former director of the Childhood Ministry Group of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, died March 27, 2016, in Ocean Springs, Miss., from complications related to diabetes. Morris served the SCBC from 1996-2014. She was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She previously served […]

Obituary: Richard F. Burgess

Richard F. Burgess, 83, of Marietta, died April 10, 2016. Born in Pickens County, he served as a minister prior to his retirement, and was a member of Cox Chapel Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Callie C. Anderson Burgess; six children; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Three to vie for SBC presidency in June

As The Courier went to press, the names of three pastors were to be placed into nomination for president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the denomination’s annual meeting June 14-15 in St. Louis. They are listed below in the order in which their nominations were announced through Baptist Press. To read lengthier profiles of […]

Richard Floore is youth minister at Myrtle Beach First Baptist

First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach has called Richard C. Floore as minister of youth. Floore graduated with a master of divinity in Christian education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has pastored churches in Georgia and Louisiana. He and his wife, Heather, have four children: Trinity Rose, Carley Marie, Drewie Thomas and Annie Pearl.

Chet Andrews is new pastor of State Street Church, Cayce

Chet Andrews began duties as senior pastor of State Street Baptist Church in Cayce on March 1. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a master of divinity degree from Gardner-Webb University and a doctor of ministry degree from North Greenville University, Andrews has served in pastoral positions for the past 23 years, most recently at […]

Free event at NGU examines dynamics of church conflicts

North Greenville University will present “The Dynamics of Church Conflicts and Avoiding Forced Termination” April 20 at 12:15 p.m. The event is free to the public and will be held in the Craft/Hemphill building. Monty Hale, director of pastoral ministries for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, will lead the session. For more information, contact Frankie […]

SCBC accepting recommendations for boards, committees

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is accepting recommendations for persons to serve on the state denomination’s standing committees, on the boards of trustees of the convention’s institutions, and on the SCBC Executive Board. The deadline for receiving recommendations is July 7. The forms for recommending individuals can be viewed and printed from the following links: […]

Congaree Baptist Church recognized for support of pregnancy center

Birthright of Columbia, a pro-life emergency pregnancy service, presented Congaree Baptist Church of West Columbia with the Dr. Herbert M. Black Memorial Award Feb. 16. Janie Pye, WMU director, accepted the award on behalf of the church. Hank Chardos, executive director and cofounder of Birthright, expressed his appreciation for Congaree’s “continued loving dedication and support.”

Chris Clegg ordained to ministry

Chris Clegg was ordained to the ministry by Harris Baptist Church, Greenwood, on March 13. Pictured, from left: Frank Thomas (pastor, Harris Baptist Church), Jason Dorriety (pastor, Neals Creek Baptist Church, Anderson), Chris Clegg (student minister, Neals Creek Baptist Church), David Clegg (associate pastor, Harris Baptist Church), and Ed Gidewall (student minister, Harris Baptist Church).