Hagood church members show faith is greater than fire

Losing their building to a fire has only further ignited the faith of the members of Hagood Avenue Baptist Church in Barnwell. As the building burned Aug. 11 following a lightning strike, church members and leaders gathered in the parking lot to pray and support one another. On Aug. 12, the congregation held a prayer […]

Fire guts Camp Creek’s sanctuary, but members’ spirit undaunted

Their sanctuary is gone — now only a charred shell. A lightning bolt likely ignited the blaze that gutted the building on Sunday, July 2. But “the church is the people,” interim pastor Joe Hayes Jr. maintains, and the spirit of Camp Creek’s members remains undaunted. They will continue to worship on the northern Greenville […]

Churchgoers still watch livestream services, at least occasionally

As many churchgoers continue watching livestream church services at least occasionally, they also recognize limitations in its validity and utility. According to a Lifeway Research study, nearly 2 in 5 Protestant churchgoers (39 percent) say they have watched a livestream service instead of attending a church service in person on more than five occasions over […]

Enoree pastor George Leagans retires

George Leagans retired in February after serving 23 years as a bivocational pastor at Enoree Baptist Church in Newberry. He served churches in Kentucky and South Carolina. Leagans and his wife, Kay, reside in Ware Shoals.

Zion Hill organist Jenita Coggins retires after 60 years of service

Jenita Coggins retired March 26 after 60 years as organist for Zion Hill Baptist Church, Spartanburg. She was 24 years old when she began as organist there, and has played for 20-25 music ministers since then. She first started playing organ at Zion Hill while her father, Jeda Baker, was pastor there. “Ms. Coggins has […]

Mon-Aetna Church, Union, calls Tom Tucker as senior pastor

Tom Tucker recently began duties as senior pastor of Mon-Aetna Baptist Church in Union. Tucker serves as president of Tom Tucker Ministries and formerly was director of missions for Chester Baptist Association. He is a past president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the state Pastors Conference and chairman of the SCBC Executive Board. He […]