Greenwood pastor will be SCBC president-elect nominee

Bryant Sims, pastor of First Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Greenwood for the last 14 years, will be nominated for the office of president-elect of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the SCBC annual meeting Nov. 7-8 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. David Little, director of missions for Lakelands Baptist Association, told The Courier […]

Columbia First launches interactive online Sunday school class

For the past 62 years, Columbia First Baptist Church has broadcast worship services on television and advanced the gospel over the public airwaves in South Carolina and in parts of North Carolina and Georgia. More recently, worship services have been available worldwide live via the Internet. Now, in an effort to bring the intimacy of […]

iPad apps used to ‘round out’ worship team

For churches with worship bands, finding and keeping enough trained musicians to play all the instruments can be a struggle, said Darryl Ferrington, a music professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. But he’s found the use of iPads and apps to be a way to fill in the gaps. Ferrington spent the past year […]

Ron Jackson receives award from Covington Theological Seminary

Ron Jackson, chairman of Parson’s Pantry Ministry and pastor emeritus of East Gaffney Baptist Church, was presented the Lifetime Ministry Recognition Award by Covington Theological Seminary on July 27 at the school’s alumni banquet. Jackson, who has been active in ministry for 51 years, was also presented a doctor of divinity degree from Covington at […]

Clinton’s Davidson Street Baptist is a church on the go

Contributing to the excitement at Davidson Street Baptist Church in Clinton: international missions, a partnership with a local school, Vacation Bible School evangelism, involvement with the local high school football team, and talk of a building program. “All things are certainly possible with God, but to the human mind it’s just nothing short of phenomenal […]

Myrtle Beach woman plants ‘A Garden for Touching Lives’

A heart for missions, a passion for gardening, and a vacant lot across the street became the perfect storm for Jo Cooper as she caught a vision for connecting with people through a community garden. Jo and her husband, Glen, have been members of First Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach, for 34 years. A few years […]

Clear Water Branch calls Mike Catoe as bivocational pastor

Mike Catoe has accepted a call as bivocational pastor of Clear Water Branch Baptist Church in Aiken. He has led several churches over the past 47 years: Double Pond Baptist in Blackville, Central Baptist in Aiken, and Mount Arnon Baptist in Allendale, where he served for 31 years. He is a graduate of Wingate and […]