Eli Buckley Continues Family Legacy with Ordination

When Eli Buckley was ordained into the gospel ministry on March 17 at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Pauline, he also was extending a family legacy of ministry. A graduate of North Greenville University with a degree in health sciences, who earned a master’s in kinesiology from the University of Alabama, Eli served as a youth […]

S.C. Pastor D.J. Horton to be Nominated for SBC Pastors Conference President

A Spartanburg-area pastor will be nominated to serve as president of the 2025 Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors Conference. Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, told The Courier Feb. 29 that he intends to nominate D.J. Horton, senior pastor of Church at The Mill in Moore, during this year’s conference in […]

Columbia Pastors Scout Madrid for Missions Opportunities

A five-member team of South Carolina Baptists has returned from a trip to Spain, where they explored ways that churches can partner with international missions workers there. The 10-day venture in February — coordinated by Jamie Rogers, missions strategist for Columbia Metro Baptist Association, along with Tim Rice of SCBaptists’ Send Team — was in […]

Saxon to lead new Shepherd team for SCBaptists

Brian Saxon, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Lancaster, will begin duties May 15 as team leader for South Carolina Baptists’ new Shepherd Team. “This new Shepherd Team will come alongside pastors in the Palmetto State to strengthen and sharpen them in their calling,” said Tony Wolfe, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, […]

Wolfe to nominate Finn for third term as SBC recording secretary

North Greenville University Professor Nathan Finn will be nominated for a third term as SBC recording secretary by Tony Wolfe, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, at the 2024 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on June 10-11. “Nathan is a loving husband, an exemplary father, a devoted bivocational pastor, a celebrated […]

Impact of Church’s Gift Being Felt Across the Globe

Church makes impact on mission mobilization A small, rural church in lower South Carolina has made a huge impact on mission mobilization. Members of George’s Creek Baptist in Olar “felt convicted to not hold on to financial resources in reserve and to release these resources for kingdom impact,” said Lee Clamp, associate executive director-treasurer of […]

Gap Hill Pastor Also Celebrating Over Six Decades

Whitman has served his congregation for 62 years South Carolina apparently has at least two Baptist pastors who have served their congregations for 60 years or more. After reading the article in December about the Eureka pastor who was celebrating 60 years in the same pulpit, Terreca Merck told The Courier about her dad, Boyce […]

Eureka pastor celebrating 60 years in pulpit

It may well be a record among South Carolina Baptists, and maybe even Southern Baptists: 60 years as pastor of the same church. John Arthur at Eureka First Baptist Church near Aiken will pass the six-decade mark Jan. 1 — and he still preaches every Sunday. His call to preach first came when he was […]