Wofford and Catherine Caughman retire from Southside, Gaffney

Wofford and Catherine Caughman recently retired after 19 years of ministry at Southside Baptist Church of Gaffney. The church had a reception honoring the Caughmans on Aug. 29. This was the second time for the Caughmans at Southside, as they served from 1993 to 1996 as pastor and music director and returned in 2002. They […]

Fowler serves as first Adams intern with The Courier

Sydney Fowler, a senior communications student at Anderson University, recently completed a summer internship with The Baptist Courier. While The Courier has had several student interns previously, Sydney was the first selected through the Bill & Shirley Adams Internship program, which was initiated in 2019. As an intern, she was involved in writing feature stories, […]

COVID-19 causes Rock Hill church to change its name

The pandemic forced churches across the country to make significant changes, but none were quite like the one at Stony Fork Community Church in Rock Hill, formerly known as Outbreak Church. After enduring the impact of COVID-19 like most every other congregation, Pastor Scott Carroll, along with the elders and staff of Outbreak Church, began […]

Edgefield pianist retiring after 71 years

More than seven decades have passed since Joanne Painter first sat down at the keyboard at First Baptist Church of Edgefield. After what has to now be one of the longest tenures of a church pianist across the state, she has decided it’s time for her fingers to rest. “Joanne Painter is truly a special […]

Churches encouraged to #FillTheTank on Sept. 12

The annual Southern Baptist emphasis on baptism is coming up Sept. 12, and the North American Mission Board is encouraging churches to celebrate by baptizing new believers who have recently made professions of faith. “Our theme for Baptism Sunday is ‘Fill the Tank,’” said Johnny Hunt, NAMB’s senior vice president for evangelism and leadership. “We […]

Beaver Creek, Neeses, calls Jerry Randall Sargent as pastor

Jerry Randall Sargent has been called as pastor of Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Neeses. An Orangeburg native, Sargent received a bachelor’s degree at Liberty University and was licensed by Beaver Creek on July 2. His wife, Dawn, is principal of Swansea High Freshman Academy in Lexington School District Four. They reside in Gaston.

Oakwood Baptist calls Steve Eargle as associate pastor

Steve Eargle has been called as associate pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church in Lexington. A native of Conway, he is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Eargle has served as pastor of several churches in South Carolina and was executive director of Cherished Children International Adoption Agency. He is also […]

Pickens First Baptist Pastor Retires

Fred Stone retired on July 11 as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Pickens, following a total of 40-plus years in ministry, including 25 years at Pickens. He previously served at Mayo First, Utica, and Cornerstone Baptist churches before coming to Pickens. He was elected president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, served on SCBC […]