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.
Crowfield Baptist Church, Goose Creek, honored senior pastor David Coleman with a surprise reception in celebration of his 25th anniversary at the church. The congregation presented Coleman and his wife, Lee Ann, with a monetary gift and a seven-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean.
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, […]
In “Unbelief Within the Church: Confronting a Fruitless Faith” (Courier Publishing, $7.50 plus $2.50 shipping), author and pastor Keith Davis tackles the premise that one of the greatest sins in the Church today is unbelief. “As long as this sin prevails in local assemblies,” Davis says, “the Church will not be made up of Spirit-filled […]
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 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.
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.
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.