The pandemic forced churches across the country to make significant changes, but none were quite like the one at Stony Fork Community Church in Rock Hill, formerly known as Outbreak Church. After enduring the impact of COVID-19 like most every other congregation, Pastor Scott Carroll, along with the elders and staff of Outbreak Church, began […]
More than seven decades have passed since Joanne Painter first sat down at the keyboard at First Baptist Church of Edgefield. After what has to now be one of the longest tenures of a church pianist across the state, she has decided it’s time for her fingers to rest. “Joanne Painter is truly a special […]
The annual Southern Baptist emphasis on baptism is coming up Sept. 12, and the North American Mission Board is encouraging churches to celebrate by baptizing new believers who have recently made professions of faith. “Our theme for Baptism Sunday is ‘Fill the Tank,’” said Johnny Hunt, NAMB’s senior vice president for evangelism and leadership. “We […]
Jerry Randall Sargent has been called as pastor of Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Neeses. An Orangeburg native, Sargent received a bachelor’s degree at Liberty University and was licensed by Beaver Creek on July 2. His wife, Dawn, is principal of Swansea High Freshman Academy in Lexington School District Four. They reside in Gaston.
Steve Eargle has been called as associate pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church in Lexington. A native of Conway, he is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Eargle has served as pastor of several churches in South Carolina and was executive director of Cherished Children International Adoption Agency. He is also […]
Fred Stone retired on July 11 as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Pickens, following a total of 40-plus years in ministry, including 25 years at Pickens. He previously served at Mayo First, Utica, and Cornerstone Baptist churches before coming to Pickens. He was elected president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, served on SCBC […]
George Tate, pastor of Slabtown Baptist Church in Easley for more than 40 years, retired on April 4. Tate was the founding pastor of Slabtown in 1980.
Buddy Amerson was honored by Spring Branch Baptist Church, Hartsville, for 44 years as pastor on July 11. He and his wife, Betty, were recognized with a plaque and a dinner.
J.D. Shiflet recently retired from the pastoral ministry after almost 20 years of service as pastor of Second Baptist Church, Laurens.
Chuck Trammel, minister of music at Catawba Baptist Church in Rock Hill, retired July 4 after 45 years of service. He was licensed and ordained into the ministry there.