Cowpens First seeing God ‘come through’ after devastating fire

Seven-year-old Jensen Graves was among a small crowd that gathered as First Baptist Church of Cowpens was ablaze on the Saturday after Christmas. His mother had brought him to see the flames shooting through its roof. Jensen got out of the car and began to cry. “The fire was devastating!” Pastor Kermit Morris said. “It […]

Echo Hills transitions from dissolution to legacy

The term “rise of the Phoenix” is used as a symbol of rebirth from the ashes of the past or something new developing from something that no longer exists. In Greer, the rise of the Phoenix may be taking place as a church is dissolved, and the local association takes possession of the property for […]

Spartanburg First building tiny houses to solve big problem

Some homeless women may have a place of their own soon as First Baptist Church of Spartanburg begins constructing a small village of tiny houses. After seeing some similar villages on television and elsewhere, Steve Wise, missions minister at First Baptist, posed the idea: “Building small, transitional houses could be something our church could do […]

Enoree Baptist installs McCoig as pastor

Anthony Dale McCoig was installed as pastor of Enoree Baptist Church in Travelers Rest in October. With McCoig are (left) Steve Crouse of North Greenville University, interim pastor; and (right) Randy Bradley, director of missions for Three Rivers Baptist Association, who both participated in the installation service.

Charleston Assoc. commissions Bowmans for church replanting

Tony and Kathy Bowman were commissioned recently by Charleston Baptist Church to serve in a church replant effort. Tony led the student ministry there for 24 years, and Kathy was co-director of the children’s ministry for 13 years. They will be serving on a team of pastors and leaders in conjunction with the Charleston Baptist […]

Fire guts Cowpens church sanctuary on Christmas weekend

A fire raged through the buildings of Cowpens First Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 26. More than a dozen local fire stations responded, but ultimately the sanctuary and the attached education building were declared a complete loss. The fire, which started Saturday afternoon, was noticed by a church employee who notified authorities. By the time […]

Few churches back to pre-COVID attendance, offering levels

The vast majority of U.S. Protestant churches say they are holding in-person services, but churchgoers have yet to attend in the numbers they did before the coronavirus pandemic struck, and many pastors say the 2020 economy is hurting their congregation. According to a recent survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, 87 percent of Protestant pastors in […]

Goucher Church celebrates 250 years

Goucher Baptist Church in Gaffney celebrated its sestercentennial, or 250th anniversary, Oct. 25, with former pastor Ray Long, who served from 1979 to 1987, bringing a morning message of challenge and encouragement. Long is one of the 46 pastors who have served the church in its long history. The church celebrated its history by presenting […]