Slavic congregation among SCBC’s newest church starts

When Igor Vovk’s family moved to South Carolina in 2020, he found a big population of Slavic people in the Upstate, but not many Slavic churches. So, Vovk and a group of friends started gathering in different homes to study God’s Word together. Their group quickly grew in size, and a second Bible study group […]

Kershaw churches sponsoring Afghan refugee family

In August 2021, thousands of vulnerable Afghan evacuees crammed onto airplanes as the Taliban seized control of their homeland. One of those refugee families who escaped on the last military plane out of Afghanistan has found its way to Camden, where the churches of Kershaw Baptist Association are partnering to sponsor the family. “As an […]

Reaching the Nations Next Door

Want to help reach the world for Christ? You may not have to go all that far. You might start just by meeting the new families in your neighborhood. Ethnic pastors, ministries and churches are a growing need across South Carolina, according to Ken Owens, leader of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Send Team. “Our […]

Church at The Mill and John Zhang partnering to reach Chinese

God’s providence was evident in the pairing of a Chinese man seeking God’s direction for planting a Chinese church with an upstate church looking for a way to reach East Asians. Church at The Mill in Spartanburg County has a desire to reach East Asians living in the county, and John Zhang has a desire […]

Steadman Baptist calls Camden native Neal Smith as pastor

Neal Smith, a native of Camden, has been called to serve as pastor of Steadman Baptist Church, located in Leesville. Smith continues to lead the church through revitalization. A graduate of Anderson University, he is currently pursuing his master’s degree in church revitalization from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves on the administrative team […]

Wassamassaw pastor Norman Rogers retires

Norman Rogers retired as senior pastor of Wassamassaw Baptist Church of Moncks Corner on Dec. 31. The church honored Rogers and his wife, Cindy, with a retirement dinner celebrating 40 years of pastoral ministry and 12 years at Wassamassaw. All four of their children and spouses and 12 grandchildren attended.

Gaffney First Baptist pastor Tommy Huddleston retires

Tommy Huddleston retired as pastor of First Baptist Church of Gaffney on Jan. 31. Earlier, he served as pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Elgin; Catawba Baptist Church in Rock Hill; and First Baptist Church of West Columbia (now River District). A native of Gastonia, N.C., he received a B.A. degree from Gardner-Webb University, master […]

Pastor braves Chicago winter on rooftop to stop violence

A Chicago pastor has a solution to the violence in the Windy City, and he’s taken to a rooftop to proclaim it. Southern Baptist Pastor Corey Brooks is spending 100 cold and windy days and nights — Nov. 30 to Feb. 28 — on a rooftop nearly 40 feet above the streets, where he invites […]