More Than Numbers, God Gave Him a Heart for Children

“God gave me a mind for accounting and business, and He gave me a heart for children,” Steve Shiflet believes. “What better place to combine those two things than Connie Maxwell? “I love my work; I enjoy business; I enjoy numbers. Some people think that’s strange, but I do,” said Shiflet, vice president for finance […]

A Life Conceived Through Rape Still Worth Saving

Ashley Lawton learned early in life that she was adopted. While that discovery was somewhat unsettling, the later revelation that her birth mother had been a rape victim was more disconcerting. “It was hard having someone tell you that they’re not your biological mother and father — but my parents were amazing, and they loved […]

WMU’s Register Set to Retire

Laurie Register, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union since 2009, has announced her plans to the organization’s Executive Board to step down at the end of 2022. “We value Laurie’s commitment and long-standing service to the Lord through South Carolina WMU. Her relentless dedication has presented the concern for God’s mission in […]

Evans: Busy ‘Slinging Mops,’ Rather Than Taking the Stopper Out

“Today we are in a hot mess in our culture, in our country, and we’re slinging mops,” Tony Evans told South Carolina Baptists in the closing address of their 201st annual meeting in Columbia. The church is busy slinging mops, allowing the mess to continue to accumulate, rather than addressing the real problem by removing the […]

SCBC commemorates bicentennial year, creates sexual abuse task force

Messengers to the 201st annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention celebrated the convention’s bicentennial year, approved the creation of a task force to review sexual abuse policies and procedures, and elected a Newberry pastor as president-elect. International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood was keynote speaker for a missionary commissioning service that kicked off […]

Annual meeting to highlight 200th year

South Carolina Baptists will celebrate the 200th anniversary of their state convention Nov. 8-9, when they gather at First Baptist Church, Columbia, for their annual meeting. Chosen by Alex Sands, president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville, the 2020-21 theme will be “Advance Together.” “The emphasis is […]

Three Rivers’ missions strategist heading back to mission field

Three Rivers Baptist Association’s Missions Strategist Randy B.* is retiring at the end of this year and will be returning to the international mission field. Paul Chitwood, International Mission Board president, was keynote speaker for Three Rivers’ Global Missions Celebration at First Baptist Church, Taylors, Oct. 10, which concluded with a time of commissioning for […]

Fowler serves as first Adams intern with The Courier

Sydney Fowler, a senior communications student at Anderson University, recently completed a summer internship with The Baptist Courier. While The Courier has had several student interns previously, Sydney was the first selected through the Bill & Shirley Adams Internship program, which was initiated in 2019. As an intern, she was involved in writing feature stories, […]

James Island church sanctuary destroyed by steeple blaze

“This is not the end,” Pastor Marty Middleton encouraged members of Fort Johnson Baptist Church in a Facebook video after their sanctuary was destroyed by fire Sept. 9. “We will rebuild this place. Our people will continue to serve James Island in a way that makes an impact.” Lightning struck the church steeple on Wednesday […]

Edgefield pianist retiring after 71 years

More than seven decades have passed since Joanne Painter first sat down at the keyboard at First Baptist Church of Edgefield. After what has to now be one of the longest tenures of a church pianist across the state, she has decided it’s time for her fingers to rest. “Joanne Painter is truly a special […]