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 […]

5 Core Dynamics Sculpting the Lives of Thinking Christians

In “Experiencing God,” Henry Blackaby’s second reality states, “God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.” That statement encompasses both the beginning point and the goal of spiritual formation: a continuing love relationship with God. For the thinking Christian, spiritual growth never becomes static; it’s the ongoing sculpting by the […]

Three WWII veterans share faith, Navy in common

Eighty years after America entered the war, three South Carolina Baptists who are among an ever-dwindling number of veterans of World War II share something in common, in addition to their faith: They all served in the Navy. Myles Isbell, now 94, was only 17 years old when he joined the Navy. At the time, […]

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 history.com, the Easter […]