Barnwell First Baptist calls Bart Kelley as pastor

T. Bart Kelley has been called as pastor of Barnwell First Baptist Church. Most recently he was pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Oakway. Kelley, a former first vice president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has served on several SCBC committees and was a trustee at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Kelley and his wife, […]

Longtime pastor Jack Hames receives Order of the Palmetto

Jack Hames was presented the Order of the Palmetto May 13 at Inman Mills Baptist Church. In 62 years of pastoral service, Hames has delivered more than 10,000 sermons in six churches. The Order of the Palmetto recognizes a person’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the State of South Carolina.

Laurens pastor James Hamilton to retire after 45 years of ministry

James K. Hamilton will retire from Bethel Baptist Church in Laurens on July 15, exactly 45 years after he began his pastoral ministry. He and his wife, Lane, will continue to live in Laurens, where he plans to remain active in supply and interim ministry. Hamilton has pastored churches in South Carolina and Georgia. The […]

Death and Dying: Bearing One Another’s Burdens in the Valley

When it comes to the decisions to be made when someone dies — burial or cremation … whether the receiving of friends will be held the day before or the same day as the funeral … if there will only be a graveside service — ministers in South Carolina largely agree that the needs of […]

Youth take home state Bible drill honors

State Bible drill competitions, sponsored by the South Carolina Baptist Convention, were held in April and May. Bible drill is a competitive program that teaches children and youth the importance of studying and memorizing Scripture. On April 28, Lowcountry contestants gathered at Marion Baptist Church. First place went to Jaclyn Skinner, Sand Hill Baptist Church […]

Pastors with roots at Broad River Baptist Church gather

Five South Carolina pastors, all with roots in Broad River Baptist Church in Smyrna, were together recently at the church for the first time since beginning their ministries years ago. They gathered for the funeral of former member Harry Martin. Pictured (left to right, front to back) are: Rick Martin (son of Harry Martin), Roger […]

Jimmy Napier retires after 46 years in full-time ministry

Jimmy Napier recently retired from full-time pastoral ministry after serving eight years as pastor of Gloverville First Baptist Church (Aiken Association). He has spent 46 years as a minister and evangelist in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, in addition to his tenure at Gloverville. He and his wife, Barbara, will reside in North Augusta. He […]

Brett Myers is new pastor of Hilton Head Island First Baptist

Brett Myers was called as pastor of Hilton Head Island First Baptist Church in April. He succeeds retiring pastor John Keller. Myers earned a master of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is working toward his doctor of ministry degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Kristin, have four young […]

Courier Survey: Churches take measures to protect members

Nearly eight in 10 Baptist Courier readers responding to an online survey said that church members who are not law enforcement professionals provide security for their congregations and that many of them carry concealed weapons. The survey, which ran from March 28 through April 11 at BaptistCourier.com, posed a series of questions on church security […]