Upstate ministries serve a growing Japanese community

Three major Japanese companies will open industrial plants in the Upstate over the next year. Along with creating thousands of new jobs, the companies will move hundreds of Japanese executives, workers and families into the Moore, Greer and Simpsonville areas. Groups that teach English as a second language, along with other South Carolina Baptist ministries, […]

Plain and simple: Flood relief volunteers needed in 2017

To make it plain and simple, South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief needs churches to send missions volunteers for statewide service in the coming year. The effects of flooding in October 2015 are still being felt by dozens of Pee Dee residents, and disaster relief service has been complicated by the October 2016 flooding brought on […]

Prisoner packets meet needs, spread holiday cheer

South Carolina Baptists provided 23,957 prisoner packets for state inmates this holiday season. On Monday, Dec. 5, at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, about 130 volunteers and inmates from four institutions worked together to check the contents and bag the packets for delivery. They were distributed the following day to adult inmates in the South Carolina […]

Church’s ESL ministry reaches Midlands refugees

The English-as-a-second-language program at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church in Columbia offers basic assistance to a new segment of the Midlands’ population: refugees. The church organized the ministry last year after about a dozen volunteers were trained by South Carolina Baptist Convention consultant Dot Whitmire. “We have thousands, maybe millions, of people coming into this country […]

S.C. pastors rally around ‘Not Ashamed’ theme at annual conference

Pastors from across the state heard seven messages focusing on the theme “Not Ashamed of the Gospel” at the 2016 South Carolina Baptist Pastors Conference, held Nov. 14 at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce. Dick Lincoln, pastor of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, spoke on “Preparing to Preach,” emphasizing that not only does the Bible […]

Wiles to lead Hampton First Baptist as transitional pastor

Emerson Wiles has been called as transitional pastor of Hampton First Baptist Church. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and pastored churches in Tennessee and Hawaii for 29 years before retiring in 2011. He previously was transitional pastoral at Moncks Corner First Baptist Church. Wiles and his wife, Mary, have been married for […]

‘Happy Hands’ stitchers put skills to use for outreach ministry

Members of the Happy Hands ministry at Harris Baptist Church in Greenwood, pictured above, hold some of the items they make for others, including pillowcase dresses and crocheted caps. The pillowcase dresses go to needy young girls in different parts of the world. Ashley Lee, who is involved with a nursing ministry, will take some […]

Catoe named pastor emeritus at Mount Arnon Church in Allendale

Mike Catoe, retired pastor of Mount Arnon Baptist Church in Allendale, has been named pastor emeritus of the church. He served as pastor for more than 31 years. Wade Ferguson, chairman of deacons, made the announcement and presented Catoe with a plaque to commemorate the occasion. Catoe and his wife, Sarah, reside in Graniteville.

Greenville children fill Christmas shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse

The children of White Oak Day School in Greenville filled 137 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child through the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Mora Vernon, the school’s director, encouraged the children to emulate the folks of White Oak Baptist Church by participating. “A wonderful lesson in the joy of giving will be felt in the hearts […]