The Sweet Family ‘Trifecta’

Greg Sweet and his two sons, Neal and Nathan, together form what one fellow pastor termed a “trifecta” in ministry. Collectively, they’ve served eight South Carolina churches and a North Carolina congregation. Greg is two years shy of having served 40 years in pastoral ministry. He previously served River Falls Baptist Church in Marietta, El […]

Henderson Following Dad’s Lead Of Loving, Serving Others

Pastor Ron Henderson’s father, Coach Roy Henderson, was committed to helping others achieve dreams and succeed in sports and life. He instilled that same passion for seeing people’s lives change for the better in his son. “Not only was he my father,” said Henderson, “he was dad to a community of young men, many of […]

Disaster relief becomes mother-daughter ministry

For Pam Stallings and her mother, Nan Hancock, disaster relief is more than a compassionate ministry to those in crises; it’s a family affair. Stallings’ father, Bill Hancock, a retired Air Force veteran and ordained minister, started a disaster relief ministry at Hebron Baptist Church in Scranton about 25 years ago. When he passed away […]

Missions lifestyle passes down from mother to daughter

Celeste Toole learned the importance of making missions a lifestyle from watching her mother. Her mother, Patsy Waters, served as Woman’s Missionary Union director at First Baptist Church of Camden for nearly 20 years. And, when she ended her tenure of service in 2013, Toole naturally followed in her footsteps. In describing the impression Waters […]

Anderson University statement of faith text

  Anderson University Statement of Faith Preamble The religious doctrinal statement of Anderson University is reaffirmed annually by the Board of Trust, administration and Christian Studies faculty. The University’s faculty and staff are confessing Christians who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and agree annually to respect and undergird the […]

Anderson University adopts statement of faith

The trustee board of Anderson University has adopted a religious doctrinal statement of faith expressing the institution’s South Carolina Baptist identity, convictions, and its Christian belief system. “Throughout the process, the [Faith Statement Development] team sought the Lord’s guidance and wisdom and has worked diligently to make certain that nothing in the statement is in […]

An Egg-Laying Rabbit?

Every Easter, in front yards, churchyards and parks across America, children scurry about, searching for brightly colored eggs. But, stop and think for a moment. Where did the notion of an egg-laying, egg-painting bunny actually come from — and, more to the point, how did it become associated with Christianity? According to, the Easter […]

Resurrection Day: What Day Was Jesus Crucified?

Most Baptists were taught in Sunday school from an early age that the Lord’s Supper and Judas’ betrayal took place on Thursday, the crucifixion occurred on Friday, and Jesus arose early on Sunday morning. Though all agree with these events culminating on Resurrection Day, the exact timing of the crucifixion evidently has been a matter […]

New building seen as God’s provision, Lowndesville pastor says

Lowndesville Baptist Church in rural Abbeville County held its first services in a new, larger sanctuary in January. Yet, the big blessing is that the small congregation is debt-free. “We’re fortunate. We don’t owe a penny on this church,” rejoiced Pastor Fred Griggs. A generous member’s bequest and estate gift provided all of the funding […]

Dream Center using clothing to initiate gospel conversations

A simple question posed by a minister at North Rock Hill Baptist Church challenged Paul and Barbara Crosby: “What if?” Together they pondered, “What would our city look like if we loved like Christ loved?” And, through them, God birthed a vision for the Dream Center outreach in Rock Hill, which is spawning an unusual […]