Upstate pastor Gerald Martin retires after 40 years in ministry

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.

Holly Springs Baptist calls Barry Dilworth as pastor

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 is new lead pastor at Kershaw First Baptist

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.

Simpsonville First Baptist calls Wayne Bray as senior pastor

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, […]

Spring Branch Baptist Church honors musicians

Spring Branch Baptist Church, Hartsville, honored its musicians with a plaque and a monetary gift of appreciation on July 12. Doris Atkinson has served as pianist for more than 40 years, and Judy Russell has been organist for more than 20 years. Marie Gardner was also recognized for her recent service as interim pianist during Doris Atkinson’s absence due to health issues.

Spring Branch honors Amersons for 38 years of service

Spring Branch Baptist Church in Hartsville honored pastor Buddy Amerson and his wife, Betty, for 38 years of service on July 5. Chalk-art evangelist Dan Gardner was guest speaker. The congregation presented a plaque and monetary gift to the Amersons for their dedicated service.

Villano earns M.Div. from Liberty University

Paul A. Villano, associate pastor of Little River Baptist Church, Jenkinsville, earned a master of divinity degree from Liberty University on May 9. Villano, who specializes in disability ministries, is also a graduate of Summit University in Pennsylvania. He works as knowledge management officer for the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School in Fort Jackson.

Goucher Baptist Church VBS raises $2,000 for mission project

For the second consecutive year, Goucher Baptist Church Vacation Bible School participants raised more than $2,000 to help build two wells in impoverished countries through the Samaritan’s Purse clean water project Turn On the Tap. The VBS students enjoyed “journeying off the map” to explore the living water of Jesus Christ.