Varnville First: A Sending Church

Varnville First Baptist Church takes pride in being called a “sending church.” It has not always been that way. According to Pastor Tommy Kelly, the church “sent out only one pastor in the first 150 years, but we have ordained or licensed seven in the last five years. God has shown us our purpose is […]

Alice Drive breaks ground for second campus

Alice Drive Baptist Church in Sumter broke ground on Sunday, Nov. 1, for a second campus. The land on US Hwy 15 South was given to the church by the Dunlap family of Sumter. In February 2017, Alice Drive launched its Pocalla campus, which initially met in a portion of Pocalla Springs Elementary School for […]

Macedonia celebrating 200 years

Macedonia Baptist Church celebrated its bicentennial anniversary on Oct. 11 with former pastor Terry Duvall — who retired in 2016 after serving the Gaffney congregation for 40 years — returning to the pulpit to deliver a message titled “The History and Hope of Macedonia Baptist Church.” Organized in 1820, Macedonia’s actual anniversary date is Oct. […]

The Power of an Encouraging Word

While watching one of the first NFL games during the pandemic, I heard a strange, unexpected sound. In the background, fans were cheering. It didn’t matter if it was first down or fourth down, or if a team was about to score or a player had fumbled. They cheered all the same. The constant noise […]

From South Carolina to Arizona: A Story of God’s Faithfulness

Josh and Shannon Jennings, along with their three children, left the familiar confines of South Carolina to plant a church in what Josh calls “one of the major New Age strongholds in the world.” Today, Aletheia Church in Sedona, Ariz., has grown to the point of being a self-sustaining congregation by 2021, intent on planting […]

Washington Baptist honors retired associate pastor Joe Price

Joe Price, who recently retired as associate pastor after 16 years, was honored during an Aug. 30 morning service at Washington Baptist Church in Greer. The church presented a mandolin and a plaque of appreciation to Price and his wife, Drenda, along with a personal gift. A Greer native, he is a graduate of Clemson […]

Pandemic precautions not keeping churches from growing

Closed sanctuaries, social distancing, mask requirements, seating limits and congregational singing restrictions could put a huge damper on normal church life. Yet, in spite of having all the pandemic precautions in place, some South Carolina churches are growing. Utica Baptist in Seneca, for instance, has seen 15 baptisms in a span of three weeks that […]