Spartanburg First building tiny houses to solve big problem

Some homeless women may have a place of their own soon as First Baptist Church of Spartanburg begins constructing a small village of tiny houses. After seeing some similar villages on television and elsewhere, Steve Wise, missions minister at First Baptist, posed the idea: “Building small, transitional houses could be something our church could do […]

Enoree Baptist installs McCoig as pastor

Anthony Dale McCoig was installed as pastor of Enoree Baptist Church in Travelers Rest in October. With McCoig are (left) Steve Crouse of North Greenville University, interim pastor; and (right) Randy Bradley, director of missions for Three Rivers Baptist Association, who both participated in the installation service.

Charleston Assoc. commissions Bowmans for church replanting

Tony and Kathy Bowman were commissioned recently by Charleston Baptist Church to serve in a church replant effort. Tony led the student ministry there for 24 years, and Kathy was co-director of the children’s ministry for 13 years. They will be serving on a team of pastors and leaders in conjunction with the Charleston Baptist […]

Fire guts Cowpens church sanctuary on Christmas weekend

A fire raged through the buildings of Cowpens First Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 26. More than a dozen local fire stations responded, but ultimately the sanctuary and the attached education building were declared a complete loss. The fire, which started Saturday afternoon, was noticed by a church employee who notified authorities. By the time […]

Few churches back to pre-COVID attendance, offering levels

The vast majority of U.S. Protestant churches say they are holding in-person services, but churchgoers have yet to attend in the numbers they did before the coronavirus pandemic struck, and many pastors say the 2020 economy is hurting their congregation. According to a recent survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, 87 percent of Protestant pastors in […]

Goucher Church celebrates 250 years

Goucher Baptist Church in Gaffney celebrated its sestercentennial, or 250th anniversary, Oct. 25, with former pastor Ray Long, who served from 1979 to 1987, bringing a morning message of challenge and encouragement. Long is one of the 46 pastors who have served the church in its long history. The church celebrated its history by presenting […]

Ringel Heights collects 2,020 shoeboxes in 2020

Ringel Heights Baptist Church, Georgetown, has collected shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child for many years. Church member Carol Rogers has taken on this ministry project, encouraging others each year to join her in seeing that children around the world are reached by the gospel and have gifts to enjoy at Christmastime as well. For several […]