Kelly announces Committee on Committees members

South Carolina Baptist Convention president Tommy Kelly has announced his appointees to the 2016 Committee on Committees, who will consider and present for approval nominees to the convention’s standing committees at the 2016 SCBC annual meeting: Jimmie Davis (Spartanburg First Baptist) Rod Elliott (Kellytown Baptist, Hartsville) Jason Burley (Covenant Church, Lancaster) Herman Kiesler (Barnwell First […]

Augusta Heights Baptist Church dismissed from Greenville Association after pastor performs same-sex marriage

Updated Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. Editor’s note: Messengers to the 2015 annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Nov. 10 approved a motion from the SCBC Executive Board that Augusta Heights Baptist Church “be disaffiliated from the South Carolina Baptist Convention.” Greenville Baptist Association messengers voted unanimously Oct. 22 to dismiss Augusta Heights Baptist […]

88-year-old Bill Taylor returns to preach at Westside Church in Sumter

Retired pastor Bill Taylor is returning to preach at a Sumter church he helped found many years ago. Taylor, 88, will bring the Sunday morning message at Westside Baptist Church on Nov. 15. He is the former pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Sumter, which sponsored the Westside congregation as a mission. Taylor pastored and led […]

Rosewood Church at ‘epicenter’ of flood relief

On Sunday morning, Oct. 4, Rosewood Baptist Church pastor Bob Morgan and a few lay leaders met to check the church building following overnight flooding. Morning services were cancelled, and the group tended to minor leaks and reinforced other areas before leaving the church property. Then Morgan’s phone rang. Across town, by the Broad River, […]

Founder of Heart for Uganda to speak at Red Dam Baptist in Hardeeville

Alissa Cooper Sande, founder of Heart for Uganda, will be the guest speaker on Sunday, Nov. 22, at Red Dam Baptist Church in Hardeeville, S.C. Sande will talk about her Clarion County, Pa.-based organization during the Sunday school hour at 10 a.m., as well as the worship service at 11 a.m. In 2008, Sande resigned her job […]

Central Baptist Church adopts ‘outward focus,’ changes ministry approach

Five years ago, Central Baptist Church in Gaffney was a completely different church than what it is today. Its fractured congregation struggled with financial debt from a building project, a painful experience with former leadership, and declining attendance. Today, Central Church stands transformed, with a new ministry focus that it is carrying forward and into […]

Ridge Spring Baptist WMU project receives award

Several members of Ridge Spring Baptist Church’s WMU were honored at an awards ceremony on Oct. 29, in which Saluda Nursing Center received the “Spirit of Caring” award for the Easter Hat Parade sponsored by Ridge Spring Baptist. The late Mrs. Pauline Hendrix, a member of Ridge Spring, started the ministry 41 years ago, and her […]

Resurgence: A Church Back from the Brink

Churches experience fluctuations in attendance throughout the year, with some Sundays higher than others as part of a normal, healthy pattern. Yet, sometimes, a gradual decline in attendance can turn into a steep drop, leaving a church in a precarious situation. Such was the case with Centerville Baptist Church in Anderson. Centerville went from being a […]

‘God Is Up to Something’: A Church on the Rise

After years of prayer, pastor Jamey Collins was thrilled to see God open a door at Jamestown Baptist Church in Conway. He and his wife, Paula, had been praying for 18 years for an opportunity to move to the area to be closer to family. The timing of the call from Jamestown was unexpected, with […]