Jim Wooten, longtime S.C. pastor, to retire in August

Jim Wooten, pastor of The Baptist Church of Beaufort for the past 10 years and a minister for 44 years, has announced that he will retire in August. He previously served as pastor of New Prospect Baptist Church in Laurens, First Baptist Church of Winnsboro, and Earle Street Baptist Church in Greenville. He and his […]

Shell Point Baptist calls Darren Jones as senior pastor

Darren Jones is the new senior pastor of Shell Point Baptist Church in Beaufort. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biblical and theological studies from Liberty University and is pursuing an M.Div. in homiletics from Liberty. He and his wife, Kayla, have one son.

Former music minister’s estate gives $566K to Lottie Moon Offering

The estate of Vernon B. Sloan, a member of Washington Baptist Church in Greer, recently presented a $566,740 gift to the South Carolina Baptist Convention earmarked for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Sloan, a retired bivocational minister of music who served churches in the Upstate for 60 years, was a World War II veteran with […]

NGU Greer campus to host Church & Non-Profit Law seminar

North Greenville University will host a Church & Non-Profit Law 101 seminar, a comprehensive overview to obtain a better understanding of employment, tax, insurance, fundraising, and other legal issues facing the local church or a religious non-profit. The seminar, “Walking Ministry Leadership through a Legal Audit,” will be offered May 1, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m,. at […]

Secona Baptist ordains Chandler Dale Moats to the ministry

Chandler Dale Moats was ordained to the ministry by Secona Baptist Church in Pickens on Jan. 27. He is a graduate of North Greenville University and will complete his master of arts degree in discipleship from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in May. Moats serves as student pastor at Secona. Pictured, from left: Chandler and […]

Florence First Baptist calls Michael Crawford as senior pastor

Michael Crawford is the new senior pastor at Florence First Baptist Church. He previously served as a pastor in Georgia. He is a graduate of Troy State University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and recently earned a D.Min. from Luther Rice Seminary. He and his wife, Deborah, are the parents of two married daughters. They […]

Former pastor teaches those who teach in the church

After 20 years of vocational church ministry, Terry Lanford resigned as a senior pastor in 2017 and launched a workshop ministry designed to equip volunteer teachers in the church. “Entrusted to Teach” is a multifaceted ministry aimed at better preparing teachers in the church for the kind of instruction that reaches both “head and heart.” […]