Camp Marietta trustees ready to recommend buyer for property

Trustees of Camp Marietta in northern Greenville County have settled on a potential buyer for the property, and the chairwoman says she is confident the facility will continue to operate as a Christian camp after it is sold. The property is owned and operated by two Upstate Baptist associations — Greenville and Three Rivers — and is overseen by […]

New state convention CEO to hold statewide listening sessions

Gary Hollingsworth, newly elected SCBC executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, wants to hear what’s on the minds of South Carolina Baptists. To that end he has scheduled six listening sessions across the state during the month of March. A Jan. 26 email from the SCBC to church leaders and staff members said […]

Central Baptist revitalized through ‘outward focus’

Five years ago, Central Baptist Church in Gaffney was different from what it is today. Its fractured congregation struggled with financial debt from a building project, a painful experience with former leadership, and declining attendance. Today, Central stands transformed, with a new ministry focus that it is carrying forward and into the community. Pastor Johnny […]

‘Shade Tree’ offers lakefront retreat for ministry couples

Mark and Shelia Bagwell are the directors of the non-profit Shade Tree Ministries, located on Lake Keowee in Oconee County. Ministry couples can stay without cost in the private accommodations within the Bagwells’ home for a week of rest and relaxation, spiritual renewal, and personal and marital restoration. Meals are provided, and Shelia says they […]

Siloam Baptist Church calls Troy Harrison as pastor

Troy Harrison began duties as pastor of Siloam Baptist Church, Easley, on Nov. 1. He holds degrees in leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University. Harrison worked in marketing and business development before entering the ministry in 2007, and has served as executive assistant to the provost and […]

Eddie Howard retires from full-time pastoral ministry

W. Eddie Howard, pastor of Hillside Baptist Church in Fountain Inn for the past 22 years, has announced his retirement from full-time pastoral ministry. He is a graduate of Anderson College, Carson-Newman College and Erskine Theological Seminary. He has completed transitional pastor training with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and is available as a supply […]

Churches rally to provide ‘prisoner packets’ to state’s incarcerated

South Carolina Baptists recently provided 25,238 prisoner packets, reaching every state inmate over the Christmas season. The goal for the project was 25,000 packets, and was met through the work of local churches representing all of the state’s geographic associations. Volunteers and inmates worked side by side to check, assemble, and bag the packets Dec. 7 at […]

Six students with ties to South Carolina graduate from Southern Seminary

Six students with ties to South Carolina graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the winter commencement ceremony. Southern Seminary conferred degrees to 230 Southern master’s and doctoral students on Dec. 11, 2015. Russell Freeman, pastor of Warrior Creek Baptist Church in Gray Court, earned a doctor of philosophy degree. Gary R. Kipe received […]

Connie Maxwell honors “Top 25” churches for financial support

Connie Maxwell is blessed to receive the support it does from faithful churches that see their mission join with ours to reach out to and care for children and families. To celebrate this mission venture with our Top 25 Giving Churches, Connie Maxwell hosted the Breakfast of Champions during the annual meeting of South Carolina […]