Courier’s Susie Wilkins to retire in May

Susie Wilkins, who has served for 25 years as circulation manager for The Baptist Courier, will retire May 1. “It’s been a pleasure working with the churches of our state convention and their staff members through the years,” said Wilkins, who joined the Courier staff in April 1991. Rudy Gray, editor and president of The […]

Fork Shoals to celebrate 235th anniversary

Fork Shoals Baptist Church, Pelzer, will celebrate its 235th anniversary April 17. According to information provided by the church, Fork Shoals is the oldest congregation in Greenville Baptist Association. It was originally located in a brush arbor at the juncture of Reedy River and Big Creek between 1777 and 1780. A log and earthen clay […]

Russell Dean retiring as Martha Franks chaplain

Russell Dean, chaplain at Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Center in Laurens for more than 15 years, is retiring. Dean joined the Martha Franks staff in October 2000 after serving 27 years as pastor of Clinton First Baptist Church. His retirement at Martha Franks is effective April 1. “It is such a pleasure to minister alongside […]

Moriah releases book on 200th anniv. of association

Mike Hammond, pastor of Jones Crossroads Baptist Church in Lancaster, and his wife, Gail, hold a copy of “Two Hundred Years of Missions and Ministries: A Partial History of the Moriah Baptist Association,” which was introduced to the association’s churches Feb. 28. Hammond, who also teaches mathematics at Wingate University, authored the book.

Obituary: Carlos Watson

Carlos Blease Watson, 91, of Simpsonville, died Feb. 22, 2016. He was a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Theological Seminary. His pastorates included Selma, Kelleytown and New Hope Baptist churches. He also served as pastoral care minister at Brookwood Community Church. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. Survivors include […]

Obituary: David Gordon Taylor

David Gordon Taylor, 80, of Anderson, died Feb. 10, 2016. He attended Temple Bible College, Bob Jones and Furman University. He retired from First Baptist Church of Aynor in 1998 and was the founder of Good Shepherd Sunday School Ministries. He also taught at the Langston Bible Institute in Conway. He and his family moved […]

Obituary: James Melvin Pilgrim

James “Jim” Melvin Pilgrim Jr., 87, of Columbia, died Feb. 12, 2016. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a graduate of Mississippi College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of several churches until 1965 when he was called as chaplain […]

Obituary: Billy Millwood

Billy Neal Millwood, 89, of Cowpens, died Feb. 26, 2016. He graduated from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and was in the ministry for more than 46 years, having served 39 years at Love Springs Baptist Church, six years at Clifton Baptist Church, and as interim pastor at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He was a World […]

Obituary: George Alexander Jones

George Alexander Jones, 96, died Feb. 12, 2016, at his home in Hendersonville, N.C. He served as pastor of The Baptist Church of Beaufort, S.C., from 1955 to 1970, during which time he led the church to launch a ministry for seasonal migrant workers in Beaufort County. After serving in South Carolina, he was a […]

Obituary: Jack W. Hester

Jack W. Hester, 85, of Easley, died Feb. 14, 2016. He attended Tennessee Temple University and North Greenville University. He was a former pastor of several Upstate Baptist churches, including Grace in Simpsonville, Cannon Memorial in Central, Powdersville First, and Nine Forks. After retiring, he served as an associate pastor at City View Baptist Church. […]