SCBDR donates masks, protective gear for medical personnel

South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief has donated thousands of masks and other protective gear to assist doctors, nurses and other medical personnel across the state in caring for coronavirus patients. The deliveries, made by SCBDR volunteers through April 10, included more than 16,327 N95 masks, 2,856 Tyvek suits, 1,040 goggles and 36,400 gloves. The supplies […]

S.C. healthcare chaplains offering compassion, hope in challenging times

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the state, hospital chaplains have found new ways to provide a “ministry of presence” to critically ill patients and to family members who cannot be with their sick, and possibly dying, loved ones. “We have heard about the heroic actions of frontline doctors and nurses serving selflessly during this […]

S.C. churches finding creative ways to worship, connect amid coronavirus guidelines

While the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing congregations from meeting together inside their sanctuaries, South Carolina Baptists are discovering creative ways to worship — while adhering to social distancing guidelines — making for a memorable Easter observance this year. Across the nation, as Easter approached, seven in 10 pastors were planning to hold digital services, with […]

Cayce First makes a fresh start with Mill City

How do you breathe new life into an historic, declining congregation? For First Baptist Church of Cayce, the answer was merging with a recent church start that was growing and needed more space. Formed in 1912, First Cayce grew to a peak of about 500 attending Sunday school near the mid-century mark. In recent years, […]

Two DOMs receive inaugural Satterwhite Awards

Two directors of missions received inaugural Cliff Satterwhite Awards March 14 for outstanding service as disaster relief volunteers. Chris Smith and Tommy Richardson were recognized for their “tireless work in helping the Pee Dee and Grand Strand areas recover from four consecutive years of major disasters,” Randy Creamer, director of South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief, […]

Media ministry enables Upstate pastor to ‘draw the net’

When he was in the ninth grade, he shared his faith as “Christian #3” as part of a drama for the prison ministry of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg. His mother was music director for the Little Theater, and he had grown up around actors. His birth announcement even had been formatted to resemble a playbill. […]

Charleston church preparing future ministers

A number of years ago, the Lord placed in David Dyer’s heart a desire to pursue a vocational ministry. As a student at Charleston Southern University, he began preparing for a life of ministry. He joined a growing number of young people who — having surrendered to a call to ministry — chose to participate […]

Edisto Island pastor shares insights gained from legal suit

In successfully concluding the church’s lawsuit against the town of Edisto Beach in August, the pastor of Redeemer Fellowship feels he’s gained three important insights worth sharing with other Southern Baptists. A U.S. District Court in South Carolina has filed a statement of interest in favor of Redeemer Fellowship’s claim that town leaders violated the […]

Sylvia Circle seeks relaunch with African-American pastor

The few remaining members of Sylvia Circle Baptist Church observed an ending and marked a new beginning Nov. 17 during a 4 p.m. service of remembrance and giving thanks.  The Rock Hill congregation and its bivocational pastor, Duane Ivey, officially turned over their property and assets to Park Baptist Church, also in Rock Hill, which […]

Baptist universities see enrollments top 9,300 students

Anderson and Charleston Southern universities recorded increases in enrollment when registration numbers were tallied in late-September, while North Greenville University anticipated slightly fewer students on campus. Anderson University’s fall enrollment was expected to top 3,500 students, including a 17 percent increase in graduate program enrollment. Freshmen retention from 2018-19 exceeded 80 percent, one of the […]