Billy Graham’s pastor reflects on a ‘God-forged’ friendship

Preparing to speak at the March 2 interment of the preeminent preacher of the 20th century, Don Wilton admitted a few days before the service he wasn’t sure what he would say. “I’ve prepared many messages in my life, and I’ve had numerous conversations with Mr. Graham about this moment, but I would be less […]

Courier readers share their memories of Billy Graham

Editor’s note: We asked our readers to share their stories of how the late Billy Graham impacted their lives — whether by personal encounter, at one of his crusades or through his television ministry or books. If you would like to submit comments, please contact us by email or by using this online form and selecting the […]

Has Billy Graham’s ministry touched your life?

Has Billy Graham’s ministry touched your life? We would love to hear from Courier readers who have been impacted by Graham’s life and ministry — whether by personal encounter, at one of his crusades or through his television ministry or books. Share your thoughts by email or by using this online form and selecting the “General […]

Tell us about your church’s Easter sunrise service

Does your church hold an Easter sunrise service? Is there something special about the outdoor setting (on a mountain, by a lake or beside the ocean, for example) that inspires you? Is there something especially meaningful about the elements of the worship service? Is an Easter sunrise service a long-observed tradition in your community? If […]

Rumbough takes on interim pastor role at Pelion Baptist Church

Johnny Rumbough, director of missions for Lexington Baptist Association, has begun service as interim lead pastor of Pelion Baptist Church in the association. He began his work at Pelion Jan. 28. Prior to joining Lexington Association in 1996, Rumbough served with the North American Mission Board. He is co-founder of a lay missionary small-group training […]

Elimination of deduction for expenses may affect some pastors’ incomes

A lesser-reported aspect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is a provision that eliminates the ability of some pastors to claim deductions for job-related expenses. Harold Loftin, chief legal officer for GuideStone Financial Resources, said deductions for unreimbursed employee expenses have been repealed by the recent tax reform bill, meaning employees will […]

Inspiration Church recognized for ministry to homeless

Inspiration Baptist Church in Rock Hill was presented the Douglas Echols Community Beacon Award on Nov. 19 for the church’s use of resources in meeting the needs of the area homeless. From left: Rock Hill mayor Doug Echols, Carol Dry, pastor Roland L. Dry Sr., and Carol Harvey of the Catawba Area Coalition for the […]

Summerville children’s minister publishes book on fostering, adoption

Rhonda Littleton, minister to children at Summerville Baptist Church, has published “A Home for Me,” a book designed to raise awareness for a ministry by the same name, A Home for Me, a church-connected network that promotes fostering and adoption. The book features play-dough images that reinforce a narrative of love, safety and home — […]

Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement at Columbia FBC

An apology, admission of liability and a $300,000 payout are among the terms First Baptist Church of Columbia, S.C., reached to settle a case involving a child who was reportedly sexually abused by a former church volunteer. Confessing “a broken and contrite heart,” the church apologized and read an explanatory statement including the full terms […]