Candidates with South Carolina ties win key SBC posts

Four candidates with South Carolina ties — Alex Sands, Nathan Finn, Daniel Dickard, and David Sons — made history in Anaheim, winning key leadership posts within the Southern Baptist Convention. Sands, senior pastor and planter of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville, was elected as the SBC’s second vice president in a runoff against Michigan pastor […]

S.C. leaders react to Roe’s end, renew resolve to protect life

South Carolina Baptist leaders responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that overturned Roe v. Wade with jubilation — and a renewed resolve to protect life on the state level. The Court’s decision, however, does not ban abortion, but rather returns the matter to voters in each […]

Gray sets retirement date as editor of The Courier

James Rudy Gray, editor and president of The Baptist Courier, has announced his plans to retire at the end of this year. “It has been a blessing to serve as the editor of The Courier,” Gray said, adding that his tenure marks 10 years and two months with The Baptist Courier. “The challenges, rewards, and […]

S.C. Task Force Chair Issues Video Response

Following the release of the findings of Guidepost Solution’s investigation of the SBC Executive Committee’s handling of sexual abuse claims, the chairman of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Sexual Abuse Task Force offered his reactions and called for their response and prayers. “Like many of you I’m hurting, and I’m processing. My mind and my […]

The Rise of the Digital Church

Looking for new ways for their congregations to continue worshiping together during the pandemic, many pastors moved services online. In the process, they gave rise to the “digital church.” For many churches, websites, Facebook Live, YouTube and Zoom calls became new “front doors” as church leaders rapidly adopted or depended more upon video technology to […]

Cowboys in Edgefield? Little Stevens Creek planning ‘Round Up’

The next time you “mosey” through Edgefield, you may want to keep a sharp eye out for cowboys. Pastor David Lyda is “rounding up” a group of them. “Cowboys for Christ is just a vehicle for evangelism,” Lyda explained. “It’s not necessarily that we get together to have a cowboy church service or anything like […]

International teachers present S.C. mission opportunity

More than 1,100 international teachers from 34 countries now are working in South Carolina schools each year, presenting South Carolina Baptists with a tremendous opportunity for international missions — without ever leaving home. Angela McNeal, Church and Community Ministries director with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, leads Heart4Schools, which has a goal of seeing every […]

Slavic congregation among SCBC’s newest church starts

When Igor Vovk’s family moved to South Carolina in 2020, he found a big population of Slavic people in the Upstate, but not many Slavic churches. So, Vovk and a group of friends started gathering in different homes to study God’s Word together. Their group quickly grew in size, and a second Bible study group […]

Kershaw churches sponsoring Afghan refugee family

In August 2021, thousands of vulnerable Afghan evacuees crammed onto airplanes as the Taliban seized control of their homeland. One of those refugee families who escaped on the last military plane out of Afghanistan has found its way to Camden, where the churches of Kershaw Baptist Association are partnering to sponsor the family. “As an […]