Spartanburg church embraces ICMP, advocates process for all churches

Fountain of Life Church in Spartanburg is primarily an African-American congregation that formed following a church split a decade ago. It had been without a pastor for about a year when the church, with 44 members, called Rickie Sarratt as its pastor. At that time, the church had 44 members and grew under Sarratt’s leadership […]

Fork Shoals to celebrate 235th anniversary

Fork Shoals Baptist Church, Pelzer, will celebrate its 235th anniversary April 17. According to information provided by the church, Fork Shoals is the oldest congregation in Greenville Baptist Association. It was originally located in a brush arbor at the juncture of Reedy River and Big Creek between 1777 and 1780. A log and earthen clay […]

Garrison unveils favorite recipes in new collection, ‘Sunday Best’

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Juanita Garrison, The Courier’s cheery cooking columnist, is sharing some of her favorite recipes in a new book, “Sunday Best” (Courier Publishing, $17.95). Garrison pored over more than a dozen years’ worth of recipes submitted by Courier readers and added a few of her own for this collection, which […]

Five Forks commissions 7 to Stephen Ministry

Five Forks Baptist Church, Simpsonville, commissioned seven on Feb. 21 to its Stephen Ministry, which provides assistance to hurting people in the congregation and community. Two of the church’s Stephen Ministers also received extensive leadership training during the past year.

Garrett Wallace ordained at Southside Church, Anderson

W. Garrett Wallace was ordained to the ministry Feb. 7. He is a graduate of Anderson University and will be attending Westminster Theological Seminary in the fall. Wallace serves as youth pastor and worship leader at Southside Baptist Church in Anderson.

High Point Baptist Church licenses Ryan Graves

Ryan Graves (left) was licensed to the ministry by High Point Baptist Church, Pageland, on Jan. 10. He is currently enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pictured with Graves is Rodney Nicholson, pastor of High Point.

Kauffmanns retire from Connie Maxwell Baptist Church

Doug and Sally Kauffmann have retired from their respective roles as pastor and minister of music and education at Connie Maxwell Baptist Church. The Kauffmanns have served the church, located on the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home campus in Greenwood, since 1996. “Doug and Sally Kauffmann have been synonymous with Connie Maxwell for the past 20 […]

Orr earns doctorate from Andersonville Seminary

James Orr, pastor of Pyerian Baptist Church of Floydale (Pee Dee Baptist Association), recently earned a doctor of theology degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary of Camilla, Ga. Orr previously served as director of missions for Pee Dee Association, pastor at Union Baptist Church in Marion, and consultant for deacon ministries with the South Carolina Baptist […]