Samaria Baptist Church calls John Yorio as pastor

John Yorio has been called as pastor of Samaria Baptist Church in Batesburg. He has served churches in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina over the past 16 years. He is a graduate of Liberty University and is completing coursework at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Yorio and his wife, Ruth, have four children.

Upstate pastor Danny Burnley announces June 26 retirement

Danny Burnley will retire as pastor of Laurel Baptist Church, Greenville, June 26 and will focus his efforts on assisting churches in need of revitalization. He has founded a non-profit ministry, Church Revitalization Consulting Inc., and will be available to help churches in decline or who “have lost hope over their future growth.” Burnley is […]

Richard Floore is youth minister at Myrtle Beach First Baptist

First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach has called Richard C. Floore as minister of youth. Floore graduated with a master of divinity in Christian education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has pastored churches in Georgia and Louisiana. He and his wife, Heather, have four children: Trinity Rose, Carley Marie, Drewie Thomas and Annie Pearl.

Chet Andrews is new pastor of State Street Church, Cayce

Chet Andrews began duties as senior pastor of State Street Baptist Church in Cayce on March 1. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a master of divinity degree from Gardner-Webb University and a doctor of ministry degree from North Greenville University, Andrews has served in pastoral positions for the past 23 years, most recently at […]

David McKee retires after six decades as music minister

David McKee has retired as minister of music at Eureka Baptist Church in Anderson after 26 years of service. He began directing church music as a ministry student at Wake Forest University 60 years ago and has served continuously in the years since. Before serving at Eureka, McKee was music minister at Barker’s Creek Baptist […]

Kauffmanns retire from Connie Maxwell Baptist Church

Doug and Sally Kauffmann have retired from their respective roles as pastor and minister of music and education at Connie Maxwell Baptist Church. The Kauffmanns have served the church, located on the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home campus in Greenwood, since 1996. “Doug and Sally Kauffmann have been synonymous with Connie Maxwell for the past 20 […]

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 […]

Woodruff Baptist Association names Tony Crouch as new DOM

Tony Crouch has been named director of missions for Woodruff Baptist Association. The Greenwood native formerly served as pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Kinards and Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in Laurens. Crouch attended the University of South Carolina and Erskine College. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have two children and two grandchildren.

Bowman First Baptist pastor announces retirement

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. […]