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, posed a series of questions on church security […]

Pastor: Presence of safety team brings comfort to members

Last fall, Keith Davis and a few other Spartanburg pastors planned a free seminar for churches in the area interested in a presentation on how best to prepare for an active shooter. Then, on Nov. 5, a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, left 26 people dead and a nation […]

Is Your Church Prepared for a Cardiac Emergency?

Being prepared for crisis situations and having a safety plan in place can be assets for any church, especially when combined with having trained members who are able to provide immediate, lifesaving assistance for people during a medical emergency.  Chris Holliday, business manager for The Baptist Courier, is certified by the American Heart Association to […]

Riverland Hills calls Mark Powers as worship pastor

Mark Powers, who has led the music and worship office of the South Carolina Baptist Convention for the past 10 years, has been called as worship pastor at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo. His last day with the state convention was March 27. Powers is a graduate of Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological […]

1,000-plus professions of faith reported at Conway revival

A revival meeting has turned into a spiritual awakening for a coastal South Carolina community, resulting in more than 1,000 professions of faith. Langston Baptist Church in Conway planned a four-day youth-led revival to begin April 15, led by evangelist Tyler Blue, 21, of Highways and Hedges Tent Ministry in Lancaster. In the time since, […]

Safety Watch: Protecting the Flock

On Nov. 5, 2017, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, experienced a tragedy that is the nightmare of every pastor and church member. Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people in and around the church and wounded 20 others. Immediately after this horrific mass murder, attention focused on church security and safety — and rightly […]

Unity Baptist Church calls David Pickens as pastor

The congregation of Unity Baptist Church, Starr, held an installation service on Jan. 28 for their new pastor, David Pickens. A native of Anderson and a graduate of Crescent High School, Pickens earned degrees from North Greenville University and Erskine Theological Seminary. He previously served various ministerial positions at Hopewell and Southside Baptist churches in […]

Latta Baptist ordains Brad Wise to the ministry

Latta Baptist Church, Pee Dee Association, recently ordained Brad Wise to the ministry. A graduate of Charleston Southern University with a degree in youth ministry, Wise and his wife, Anna, reside in Latta. Pictured is pastor Rob Pierce, left, presenting the certificate of ordination to Wise.