Browns celebrate 50 years of marriage and ministry

Wayne and Joy Brown began what is now 50 years of marriage and ministry on Aug. 16, 1969. The couple met in high school and began dating each other when they were students at Limestone College in Gaffney. They were married at First Baptist Church in Blacksburg, where Wayne had made his profession of faith, […]

E.A. McDowell Award nominations due Sept. 20, resolutions due Oct. 11

Deadline for the E.A. McDowell Award for individual service in politics, government and community affairs is Sept. 20. Each nomination should include a detailed listing of the nominee’s qualifications as well as an explanation of the person’s unique contributions. Full name, address, phone number, and church pastor should be given for the nominee and person […]

Asbury Lawton IV is new pastor at Lawtonville Baptist

Asbury Lawton IV has been called as pastor of Lawtonville Baptist Church in Estill. A graduate of Clemson, Liberty, and Southern Wesleyan universities, he was minister of students at Laurel Church in Greenville. He and his wife, Ashley, have two children, Quinn and Katie Beth.

Washington Baptist in Greer turns 200

The congregation of Washington Baptist Church in Greer will celebrate its 200th anniversary Oct. 27. Washington Baptist was constituted in October 1819 and joined Broad River Baptist Association. Isaac Lamance served as its first pastor for 19 years. During his tenure, the congregation grew to about 150 members and a log building was constructed in […]

Former Columbia minister called as pastor of Johnson Ferry

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., unanimously approved North Carolina pastor Clay Smith Aug. 4 to occupy the pulpit previously filled by former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright. Smith currently serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Matthews, N.C. He previously was minister of adults at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, from […]

Greer Community Ministries names Donny Kauffman as executive director

Donny Kauffman is the new executive director at Greer Community Ministries, a nonprofit ministry that serves the homebound, elderly, and disadvantaged in the Greer area. He previously served as the director of thrift operations at Miracle Hill Ministries. He is a graduate of Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Padgett’s Creek honors church historian Betty Jo Lawson

Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church, near Union, held its homecoming Aug. 4. The congregation was founded 235 years ago. A luncheon in the church’s family life center followed the celebration service. Chairman of deacons Stephen Stone, right, presented an appreciation award to Betty Jo Lawson for her many years as church historian. With them is Pastor […]

How Churches Can Pray for Schools

When South Carolina schools dropped on the Nation’s Report Card from 39th to 47th place in literacy, the South Carolina Baptist Convention realized something must change. A major indicator of a child’s success in life is the ability to read on their grade level by the time they complete third grade. Recognizing this, the state […]