Macedonia celebrating 200 years

Macedonia Baptist Church celebrated its bicentennial anniversary on Oct. 11 with former pastor Terry Duvall — who retired in 2016 after serving the Gaffney congregation for 40 years — returning to the pulpit to deliver a message titled “The History and Hope of Macedonia Baptist Church.” Organized in 1820, Macedonia’s actual anniversary date is Oct. […]

The Power of an Encouraging Word

While watching one of the first NFL games during the pandemic, I heard a strange, unexpected sound. In the background, fans were cheering. It didn’t matter if it was first down or fourth down, or if a team was about to score or a player had fumbled. They cheered all the same. The constant noise […]

From South Carolina to Arizona: A Story of God’s Faithfulness

Josh and Shannon Jennings, along with their three children, left the familiar confines of South Carolina to plant a church in what Josh calls “one of the major New Age strongholds in the world.” Today, Aletheia Church in Sedona, Ariz., has grown to the point of being a self-sustaining congregation by 2021, intent on planting […]

Washington Baptist honors retired associate pastor Joe Price

Joe Price, who recently retired as associate pastor after 16 years, was honored during an Aug. 30 morning service at Washington Baptist Church in Greer. The church presented a mandolin and a plaque of appreciation to Price and his wife, Drenda, along with a personal gift. A Greer native, he is a graduate of Clemson […]

Pandemic precautions not keeping churches from growing

Closed sanctuaries, social distancing, mask requirements, seating limits and congregational singing restrictions could put a huge damper on normal church life. Yet, in spite of having all the pandemic precautions in place, some South Carolina churches are growing. Utica Baptist in Seneca, for instance, has seen 15 baptisms in a span of three weeks that […]

Church Life Undergoing Big Changes

The statement, “Church life has drastically changed,” is a glaring understatement. Data gleaned from a recent online sampling during the first week of August by The Baptist Courier gives a glimpse of just how much congregational life across the state now differs after nearly six months of heightened health precautions. Although in-person attendance has fallen […]

Calvary enters partnership to relaunch with Hispanic outreach

Calvary Baptist Church voted June 28 to reinvest its resources in a partnership with another Lancaster congregation to add a Spanish service to its existing worship. The remaining 17 members of Calvary Baptist approved a proposal by Brian Saxon, pastor of Second Baptist Church, to relaunch Calvary as “one church, worshipping in two languages” with […]

Washington Baptist calls new associate pastor

Trent Henson is the new associate pastor of Washington Baptist Church in Greer. A graduate of USC-Upstate and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Henson, a former school teacher, was ordained to the ministry July 5 at Washington Baptist. He and his wife, Scotti, have one daughter, Kerith. Henson succeeds Joe Price, who had served as associate […]