Ed Carney to retire after 26 years at Riverland Hills

Edward M. Carney will retire July 1 as senior pastor of Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo after 26 years of service. During his tenure, Riverland Hills grew from a small community church located on St. Andrews Road to a larger campus on 62 acres near Harbison Boulevard. Today, the church offers both contemporary and […]

North Trenholm calls Casey Williams as senior pastor

Casey Williams began his duties as senior pastor of North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia on June 4. Williams grew up in Houston, Texas, before his family moved to Mississippi, where he became a follower of Christ at the age of 16. He began serving churches at age 18 and has preached at churches and youth […]

Greer First Baptist calls Doug Mize to serve as 23rd pastor

Doug Mize was called as senior pastor of Greer First Baptist Church on June 4 following an eight-month pastor search process. Mize, 47, who had been serving as interim pastor since April 2016, was elected by unanimous vote of the church. He previously served for nine years as discipleship and evangelism pastor at Taylors First […]

Long Branch calls Clarence Adkins as pastor

Clarence Adkins began duties May 21 as pastor of Long Branch Baptist Church in Anderson. He previously served at Rabun Creek Baptist Church in Hickory Tavern. His prior pastorates include New Life Baptist in Union and Catawba Baptist in Lancaster. He is a graduate of Carson-Newman College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Covington Theological Seminary. […]

Good Hope honors Marlene Smith for 65 years as pianist

After 65 years of playing the piano at Good Hope Baptist Church in Saluda, Marlene Smith retired April 30. As a 10-year-old, she began playing piano during the Sunday school hour but soon became pianist for the church’s worship services. With the exception of her college years and a few years when she lived away, […]

Allan Kircher is new pastor of Nixville Baptist Church

Allan H. Kircher has been called as pastor of Nixville Baptist Church in Estill. He formerly pastored Shell Point Baptist Church in Beaufort. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. Kircher is the author of “Moving Beyond Sunday,” which examines […]

Summerville Baptist Church calls Randy Harling as lead pastor

Randy Harling has been called as lead pastor of Summerville Baptist Church. Harling, who formerly served as president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, is a graduate of Furman University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. At Simpsonville, he founded “A Home for Me,” a ministry to connect foster children to […]

Longtime pastor Dick Lincoln retires after 38 years at Shandon

Dick Lincoln, pastor of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia since 1978, retired in March. During his 38-year tenure, Shandon’s membership grew from 750 to around 7,000, and attendance grew to around 2,200. In 1996, the church moved from the Shandon neighborhood to its current location on Forest Drive. Lincoln served as president of the South […]