Obituary: Mitch Gambrell

James Mitchell “Mitch” Gambrell, 62, of Williamston, died May 23, 2015. Born in Ware Shoals, he was pastor of Big Creek Baptist Church and formerly served as pastor at Fork Shoals Mill Baptist Church and Calhoun Falls First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Amy Cooley Gambrell, two sons and four grandchildren.

Obituary: Fred Hammett Brown

Fred Hammett Brown, 85, of Greer, died May 16, 2015. Born Feb. 10, 1930, he grew up in the Cedar Spring Community of Spartanburg. He received a call to ministry while a member of Cedar Springs Baptist Church at the age of 20, and he went on to graduate from Mars Hill Junior College, Furman […]

Obituary: Clarence Edward Crocker

Clarence Edward Crocker, 90, of Spartanburg, died May 29, 2015. A native of Spartanburg, he was pastor emeritus of Fairview Baptist Church in Union, where he served as pastor for 25 years. Before entering the ministry, he was postmaster at Glendale and worked in industrial management. He was a former member of the Spartanburg County […]

Obituary: Carl Grayson Ellison

Carl Grayson Ellison, 92, of Anderson, died May 10, 2015. Born April 20, 1923, in the Cheddar Community of Anderson County, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, where he was a B24 pilot. He was a graduate of Anderson College, Furman University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary. […]

Letter: Don Kirkland’s Book a ‘Spiritual Feast’

I discovered by accident former Baptist Courier editor Don Kirkland’s book, “Something Ventured.” It is a spiritual feast. Don’s writing skills are well known by South Carolina Baptists. His knowledge of Scripture is apparent in every entry. His real contribution is in helping us understand our roles as ordinary Christians. Don tells us that the […]

Letter: Encourage Church Commitment

Thank you so much for the articles in the June issue on the changes in our church, hurting pastors, the neglected Great Commission, finding sources of encouragement and more. I love the church I attend and our pastor and members. I do feel, however, that the church in general is losing Christians, and our society […]

South Carolina Baptist Convention leaders agree it’s time to remove the flag

Tommy Kelly, president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and Richard Harris, interim executive director-treasurer, have released a statement supporting Gov. Nikki Haley’s request to remove the Confederate flag from the state house grounds: “Believing God created all men and women in His image, racism of any form is repulsive and contrary to our Christian […]

St. Andrews Baptist honors director of basketball ministry

Lynn Holmes was recognized for 15 years of leading Christian Teams Improving Basketball Camp at St. Andrews Baptist Church, Columbia. A former college basketball player and high school coach, Holmes took her love for sports and began a ministry that has touched thousands of young people in the Columbia area. Presenting her with an award […]

SCBC donates $25,000 to aid families of shooting victims

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has donated $25,000 directly to Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to help offset burial costs for families of nine church members who were gunned down during a prayer meeting by a lone assailant June 17. Mark Hendrick, associate director for the SCBC’s Office of Public Policy, presented the check […]

Northside Memorial burns mortgage on family life center

The members of Northside Memorial Baptist Church, Sumter, recently celebrated the burning of the mortgage on their family life center, which was completed in 2011 and paid off in three and a half years. Pictured are trustee chairman Carroll Barnette and pastor Jimmy Holley.