Secona Baptist ordains Chandler Dale Moats to the ministry

Chandler Dale Moats was ordained to the ministry by Secona Baptist Church in Pickens on Jan. 27. He is a graduate of North Greenville University and will complete his master of arts degree in discipleship from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in May. Moats serves as student pastor at Secona. Pictured, from left: Chandler and […]

Florence First Baptist calls Michael Crawford as senior pastor

Michael Crawford is the new senior pastor at Florence First Baptist Church. He previously served as a pastor in Georgia. He is a graduate of Troy State University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and recently earned a D.Min. from Luther Rice Seminary. He and his wife, Deborah, are the parents of two married daughters. They […]

Former pastor teaches those who teach in the church

After 20 years of vocational church ministry, Terry Lanford resigned as a senior pastor in 2017 and launched a workshop ministry designed to equip volunteer teachers in the church. “Entrusted to Teach” is a multifaceted ministry aimed at better preparing teachers in the church for the kind of instruction that reaches both “head and heart.” […]

Churches increasingly use background checks

As churches become aware of potential safety issues, more are signing up for background check services through LifeWay’s OneSource program. “The numbers have increased dramatically since we began our relationship with backgroundchecks.com,” said LifeWay’s Jennie Morris. Morris said part of the growth comes from offering a $10 price point for a search that includes nationwide […]

Randy Keasler named pastor emeritus at Westminster Baptist Church

Randy Keasler has retired from Westminster Baptist Church after serving as pastor since 1994. He was named the church’s pastor emeritus. He serves the South Carolina Baptist Convention as a church strategies regional consultant and will also do interim pastorate work. Keasler and his wife, Faye, will reside in Westminster.

Saluda Baptist Church celebrates 50th anniversary

Saluda Baptist Church in Saluda celebrated its 50th anniversary Dec. 2. The church held its first worship service Dec. 1, 1968, in the administrative building of the local school district. Approximately 75 families constituted the original congregation, which today has nearly 600 members. The current worship center was built in 1979. Saluda Church is a […]

Brent Martin is new pastor of Seivern Baptist Church

Brent Martin was recently installed as pastor of Seivern Baptist Church near Wagener. Martin was ordained in 1995 by Clearview Baptist Church in Travelers Rest. He previously served as a pastor in Virginia. A graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Martin and his wife, Marian, are parents of two children, Tess and Joah. Seivern Church […]