Varnville’s Tommy Kelly Is ‘Pastor of the Community’

Tommy Kelly is a man on the go. The pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church is an inspiring leader and servant not only to the church, but to the entire community. To say he is well known in this small community would be an understatement. As members of the church described their love and appreciation […]

Courier Survey: Half of churches observe Pastor Appreciation Day

About half of churches represented in a recent informal survey regularly set aside a day each year to honor their pastor or ministerial staff. A significant share of the 68 readers who took the online survey, 42.65 percent, said their churches do not regularly observe Pastor Appreciation Day. Of the readers whose churches do […]

SBC personalities to speak at Simpsonville Bible conference

Former Southern Baptist Convention president Johnny Hunt will lead a group of pastor-evangelists in speaking at a “Worship the King” Bible conference Oct. 28-30 at Temple Baptist Church in Simpsonville. Hunt, longtime senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga., is transitioning to the North American Mission Board as senior vice president of evangelism and […]

Former S.C. pastor Richard Capps retires after 55-year ministry

Richard H. Capps, who previously pastored churches in South Carolina, has retired as pastor of Courtney Baptist Church in Yadkinville, N.C., after 55 years of ministry. His South Carolina pastorates included Fairfield Baptist in Winnsboro, First Baptist in Gaston, and Laurel Baptist in Greenville. He and his wife, Joyce, are the parents of a son […]

Enoree Baptist Church celebrates 250th anniversary

Enoree Baptist Church in Newberry celebrated its 250th anniversary Aug. 26. Church clerk Polly Doolittle spoke about growing up in the church. Enoree’s former pastor John Hipp also spoke. Gary Hollingsworth, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, preached the sermon. From left: Gary Hollingsworth, John Hipp, George Leagans, Ronnie Cromer and Rick Martin. […]

North Point Community Church ordains elders

North Point Community Church in Columbia ordained its first team of elders Sept. 9. Pictured, from left: George Bullard, director of missions for Columbia Metro Association; and church elders Bobby Tucker, Tom Larsen, Ray Wrobel, Freddy Johnson (lead pastor and elder) and Drew Darmer.

Gaston First Baptist Church recognizes children’s mission groups

Gaston First Baptist recognized mission groups on Sept. 5. Rex Simmons is pastor. In photo above, Mission Friends director Michelle Cox recognized rising GAs and RAs: Savannah Bailey, Rylee Hanna, Kari McBride, Clifford Curtis and Cayden Kyzer. (Not pictured is Vickie Vidrine, teacher.) Teachers Sandy Drawdy and Sherry Rampey place GA sashes with awards on […]