Tommy Thurston, pastor of Bowman First Baptist Church, announced his retirement effective Oct. 11. Thurston has served as pastor of churches in North and South Carolina for 41 years. He is a graduate of North Greenville College, Gardner-Webb College, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thurston and his wife, Barbara, have two children and seven grandchildren. […]
Melvin Michael “Mike” Catoe, pastor of Mount Arnon Baptist Church in Allendale for the past 31 years, has announced his retirement from full-time pastoral ministry. Other pastorates include Central Baptist in Aiken and Double Pond Baptist in Blackville. He also served two student pastorates while studying at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. […]
Richard Spearman recently retired as pastor of St. Helena Island Baptist Church, where he served for 12 years. His previous pastorates included Double Springs Baptist Church in Greer and Cross Roads Baptist Church in Easley. He and his wife, Nan, have three children and seven grandchildren. They will reside in Greer, where he will be […]
Karla Buhl Lavender, minister of activities and children at Gaffney First Baptist Church, retired Aug. 31 after 37 years of service to the church. She was honored at a special service Aug. 9 and was named Minister of Activities and Children Emerita. She was also recognized by resolutions from the South Carolina Senate and the […]
Denis McCorry has been called as pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Conway. He previously served as pastor of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Nichols. McCorry holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary and is pursuing a master of divinity degree from Liberty.
Gerald Martin retired as pastor of Holly Springs Baptist Church, Pickens, on June 8 after serving there for 12 years. He has been in pastoral ministry for 40 years, beginning at Red Hill Baptist Church on June 8, 1975. Martin also served at Calumet Baptist Church, Liberty, and Reedy River Baptist Church, Greenville.
Barry Dilworth was recently called as pastor by Holly Springs Baptist Church, Pickens. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has previously served as pastor of Blue Ridge View Baptist, Pickens; Calvary Hill Baptist, Easley; and Monaghan Baptist, Greenville. Dilworth is pictured with his wife, Jean.
Bobby Massey has been called as lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Kershaw. He previously served as a catalyst/trainer for the International Mission Board in East Asia, a missions pastor, and hospice chaplain. He and his wife, Jackie, have four children: Grace, Emily, Anna, and Peyton.
Wayne Bray has been called as senior pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church. He begins his duties Aug. 17. Bray served as lead pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Douglasville, Ga., for 10 years, where worship attendance doubled during his tenure and a second church site was planted. Prior to his service at Beulah Baptist, […]
David Allen Powley, student pastor at Westerly Hills Baptist Church in Fort Mill, was ordained to the ministry on May 31. He previously served churches in Pennsylvania and New York. Powley and his wife, Melanie, have two children: Ethan and Emily.