York Association’s Mike Wallace leading Bahama relief efforts

Mission Development Director Mike Wallace and York Baptist Association’s churches are taking a lead role in coordinating South Carolina Baptists’ disaster relief efforts in the Bahamas. While Wallace was serving on the staff of Sisk Memorial Baptist in Fort Mill, the church made mission trips to the Grand Bahama Island to work with Upper Zion […]

Find Ways to Encourage Your Pastor

October traditionally is set aside as Pastor Appreciation Month in Southern Baptist life, when conscientious church members demonstrate in tangible ways their gratefulness for God’s servants. In August, the Babylon Bee, a satirical Christian website that takes a light-hearted (and sometimes irreverent) look at religious and political news, posted an article listing “10 easy things […]

Levinson Teaching ‘In the Beginning, God Created’ Matters

Steve Levinson believes everything begins with God and creation. For churchgoers, that statement seems obvious. But many scientists and science teachers — and maybe even some sitting in the pews on Sundays — hold a different view. Levinson has been in ministry since 1986, having served as a pastor, youth pastor and children’s pastor. Around […]

Washington Baptist in Greer turns 200

The congregation of Washington Baptist Church in Greer will celebrate its 200th anniversary Oct. 27. Washington Baptist was constituted in October 1819 and joined Broad River Baptist Association. Isaac Lamance served as its first pastor for 19 years. During his tenure, the congregation grew to about 150 members and a log building was constructed in […]

Camp McCall: Celebrating 60 Years of God’s Blessings

In a worship service held July 27 in its mountaintop chapel, more than 525 staffers, former staffers, friends of Camp McCall and their families celebrated 60 years of God’s blessings upon the South Carolina Baptist camp.  Keynote speakers shared how attending the camp near Sunset as a boy or having served as a camp counselor […]

Home Works: Assignments Students (and Adults) Actually Want to Do

Most teenagers likely prefer not having homework. These students, however, actually volunteered to do it during the summer — and they liked it!  Many even said they’d do it again, particularly if the assignment was for Home Works, a nonprofit, Christ-centered construction ministry based in Columbia, that provides free home repairs for elderly, disabled, and […]

Teacher excited to see God working among her students

Ashley Bennett can’t wait for school to start this year … and she’s a middle school teacher! A veteran of 14 years at Woodruff Middle School, she’s looking forward to meeting her new crop of seventh graders. But Bennett is also the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Huddle leader, and she’s eager to see the […]

150th anniversary event nets $38,850 for paper’s ongoing ministry

More than 200 friends and guests helped celebrate The Baptist Courier’s 150th anniversary by generously contributing in excess of $38,850 in gifts and pledges in support of the news journal’s ongoing ministry of telling the stories of those who tell The Story of Christ at work through the churches of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. […]

For Collector: Rare Bible Coins Have ‘A Story to Tell’

When most people think of coins, they think of leftover change pocketed after making a purchase. Not Wayne Damron. For him, old coins have a story to tell. The member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo has amassed a fascinating collection of rare coins — some of which were in use in Jesus’ lifetime […]

Her earrings convey a pro-life message

Donna Winn loves earrings, but not for the usual reason. Winn, outreach secretary at Oakdale Baptist Church in Townville, and members of its Ladies Fellowship are wearing and sharing earrings to support a pro-life ministry that God laid on her heart. The ministry, called “Heart of a Mom,” attaches the earrings to a card with […]