Alcohol use reignites issue among Baptists

Alcohol consumption has jumped back into Baptist discussions, this time stirred by the termination of a high-profile pastor. Perry Noble’s removal as senior pastor of the multi-campus NewSpring Church in South Carolina was communicated to members and attendees during Sunday worship services, July 10. “Perry’s posture towards his marriage, increased reliance on alcohol and other […]

Inman Mills honors longtime pastor Jack Hames

The congregation of Inman Mills Baptist Church, Inman, honored pastor Jack Hames and his wife, Dottie, on May 8 for 60 years in the ministry. Prior to his pastorate at Inman Mills, Hames served churches in North and South Carolina, including Northside Baptist in Rock Hill and Boiling Springs First Baptist.

Catoe honored for 63 years of service to her church

Center Grove Baptist Church in Moriah Baptist Association honored Billie Jean Catoe June 23 for 63 years of service in music ministry. Speakers recalled highlights of Catoe’s service as a pianist and organist, and her daughters joined a church member in singing two of Catoe’s favorite hymns. She was presented a plaque by Jimmy Neal. […]

Injured Army veteran speaks at Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church

Kevin Brewington, a soldier who was severely injured by a remotely detonated IED in Afghanistan, spoke May 15 at Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church in Union. The Union native discussed his own challenges as well as those of his daughter, who also has medical issues. Pictured with him are pastor Carrol Caldwell and sheriff David Taylor.

Charleston pastor at SBC: ‘Walk toward racial unity by building bridges’

A June 14 panel discussion at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, titled “A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America,” featured Marshall Blalock, pastor of Charleston First Baptist Church, along with president Jerry Young of the National Baptist Convention USA and Southern Baptist leaders from a variety of racial and ethnic groups. Blalock delivered […]

Internationals become believers through ESL ministry

English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry is an effective way for churches to reach those in the local international community who want to learn or improve their language skills. Through regular instructional classes and the relationships that develop there, volunteers have the opportunity to share the Gospel with individuals from all across the world. […]

Hermitage Baptist dedicates new family life center

The congregation of Hermitage Baptist Church, Camden, dedicated their new family life center on May 15. Ron Underwood, associational missionary from Kershaw Baptist Association, and Jerry Sosebee, from the South Carolina Baptist Convention, participated in the service. Pictured is pastor Jason Fletcher being assisted in the ribbon-cutting ceremony by several young church members.