Spring Valley pastor Robert Winburn announces retirement

Robert Winburn will retire on June 5 after 46 years of ministry. He has been pastor of churches in Kentucky and South Carolina, serving the past 33 years at Spring Valley Baptist in Columbia. A native of Ehrhardt, he received a B.A. from Wofford College and M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. […]

Gaston churches work together to clean highway

Approximately 50 people came together Saturday, April 30, for a successful litter campaign in the Gaston community. Brady Henderson, pastor of Gaston First Baptist Church, was joined by Pastor Luke Beasley of Harmony Baptist Church and members to canvas the Hwy. 321 area of the Gaston town limits.

Earle Street Church Turns 100

Earle Street Baptist Church in Greenville celebrated its centennial March 13, with pastor Stephen Clyborne preaching from the same biblical text used at the church’s founding 100 years earlier. Descendants of J. Furman Moore, Earle Street’s first pastor, were in attendance. Former pastor Jim Wooten, now retired, led the pastoral prayer. Clyborne read from Revelation […]

Buck Creek Baptists Celebrating 200 Years of Ministry

Buck Creek Baptist Church in Longs recently celebrated a series of events commemorating its bicentennial year. The church was organized in 1821 under a brush arbor and later occupied a log structure on the east side of Buck Creek. By 1850, a building was constructed on the west side of the creek. Growth has continued […]

Longtime Upstate pastor Jim Oliver retires

Jim Oliver completed 34 years of ministry as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Moore on March 2. A party with surprise guest Franklin Graham was held earlier. Because of an emergency, Graham could not come — but his wife, Jane, and son, Roy, represented him and Samaritan’s Purse, where Oliver serves on the board […]

Journey Church calls Chris Fowler as lead pastor

Chris Fowler is the new lead pastor of Journey Church in Summerville. He attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed a church planting residency at Brentwood (Tenn.) Baptist Church. Fowler previously served as a teaching pastor and mission multiplication pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Ga. He and his wife, Jana, have four children. […]

Campobello pastor Henry Johnson retires after 62 years of ministry

Henry Johnson recently retired as pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Campobello after serving 12 years there. He spent 62 years in pastoral ministry, having also served the following South Carolina churches: Moore First; Sandy Springs, Chesnee; West Springs, Union; Apalache, Greer; and Grace, Spartanburg. He is a graduate of North Greenville Junior College, Furman […]

International teachers present S.C. mission opportunity

More than 1,100 international teachers from 34 countries now are working in South Carolina schools each year, presenting South Carolina Baptists with a tremendous opportunity for international missions — without ever leaving home. Angela McNeal, Church and Community Ministries director with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, leads Heart4Schools, which has a goal of seeing every […]

Slavic congregation among SCBC’s newest church starts

When Igor Vovk’s family moved to South Carolina in 2020, he found a big population of Slavic people in the Upstate, but not many Slavic churches. So, Vovk and a group of friends started gathering in different homes to study God’s Word together. Their group quickly grew in size, and a second Bible study group […]