Obituary: Phyllis Deaton

Phyllis Watts Deaton, 86, of Moore, died April 17, 2024, in Spartanburg, S.C. A native of Pageland, she was the devoted wife of the late Rev. Robert L. Deaton, and together they served five South Carolina Baptist congregations across the state. She later enjoyed serving South Carolina Baptist ministers as an employee of the Lifeway […]

All God’s Grace: How the Lord is Growing Ridgewood Church

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Ridgewood Church began in a home, not in a building. In 2012, a small group from Christ Fellowship of Cherrydale regularly met together in a living room for Bible study and fellowship. Two years later, through prayer and […]

DOJ Closes Investigation of SBC; No Charges Filed

Following a year-and-a-half-long investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded its inquiry into the Southern Baptist Convention’s handling of sexual abuse without any charges being filed against EC’s leadership, The Tennessean reported March 6. “On February 29, 2024, counsel for the SBC Executive Committee was informed that the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern […]

N.C. Pastor with Anderson Ties Accepts Mobilization Role with IMB

Quintell Hill, pastor of Multiply Community Church in Monroe and president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, will be joining the International Mission Board as African American church mobilization strategist starting April 1. “I’m excited and humbled just to be able to serve the Lord in this way,” Hill said. “It’s humbling to […]

Anderson Pastor Among 11 Speakers at SBC Pastors Conference

Eleven speakers, including an Anderson pastor, will join worship leader Charles Billingsley on stage for the 2024 Pastors Conference June 9-10 preceding the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. Stephen Rummage, senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and conference president, announced last August that the theme would be “Faithful: Pursuing Your Mission” […]

Ready River Association holds missions fair

Reedy River Baptist Association in Newberry held a missions fair in February. Several national and international missionaries shared what God is doing through their mission opportunities. Guests included Pastor George Adhikary with Reach Bangladesh; Pastor Philip Sahawneh, York Baptist Association, Arabic Outreach, AL Rahwa Baptist Church, Amman, Jordan; and Pastor Frank Peters, Booneville Baptist Association, […]

Tenn. pastor, seminary prof also vying for SBC president in Indy

Jared Moore, pastor of Homesteads Baptist Church in Crossville, Tenn., and seminary professor David Allen have announced their candidacy for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during this summer’s SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., making for a four-way race. Clint Pressley, pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, and Mike Keahbone, pastor of […]

Former S.C. Pastor to be Nominated for Pastors Conference President

Florida pastor Dean Inserra will nominate Brad Whitt at the 2024 SBC Pastors Conference as president in 2025. Whitt is the pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, Ga. “[Whitt] has displayed strong integrity, unwavering biblical convictions, and has shown himself to be about the kingdom of God and our cooperative efforts as Southern Baptists,” […]

Great Commission Resurgence’s Results Under Scrutiny

Former BP editor undertakes special report on GCR A six-member task force and a former seminary president are focal points of an evaluation of Southern Baptist missions in North America. The Great Commission Resurgence Evaluation Task Force appointed by SBC President Bart Barber will relay its evaluation at the 2024 annual meeting in Indianapolis. The […]

‘More Than Just a Number,’ New Study Reminds

In a new four-week study, author and pastor’s wife Julie Cannon encourages others to “hear your heavenly Father say loudly and clearly, ‘You are more than just a number!’” A certified school counselor and motivational speaker, Cannon has earned a spiritual coaching certificate from the Blackaby Ministry Institute. She is the wife of Stephen Cannon, […]