Being prepared for crisis situations and having a safety plan in place can be assets for any church, especially when combined with having trained members who are able to provide immediate, lifesaving assistance for people during a medical emergency. Chris Holliday, business manager for The Baptist Courier, is certified by the American Heart Association to […]
Mark Powers, who has led the music and worship office of the South Carolina Baptist Convention for the past 10 years, has been called as worship pastor at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo. His last day with the state convention was March 27. Powers is a graduate of Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological […]
A revival meeting has turned into a spiritual awakening for a coastal South Carolina community, resulting in more than 1,000 professions of faith. Langston Baptist Church in Conway planned a four-day youth-led revival to begin April 15, led by evangelist Tyler Blue, 21, of Highways and Hedges Tent Ministry in Lancaster. In the time since, […]
On Nov. 5, 2017, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, experienced a tragedy that is the nightmare of every pastor and church member. Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people in and around the church and wounded 20 others. Immediately after this horrific mass murder, attention focused on church security and safety — and rightly […]
The congregation of Unity Baptist Church, Starr, held an installation service on Jan. 28 for their new pastor, David Pickens. A native of Anderson and a graduate of Crescent High School, Pickens earned degrees from North Greenville University and Erskine Theological Seminary. He previously served various ministerial positions at Hopewell and Southside Baptist churches in […]
Latta Baptist Church, Pee Dee Association, recently ordained Brad Wise to the ministry. A graduate of Charleston Southern University with a degree in youth ministry, Wise and his wife, Anna, reside in Latta. Pictured is pastor Rob Pierce, left, presenting the certificate of ordination to Wise.
Shiloh Baptist Church, Marietta, recognized Eddie Capps on March 18 for 20 years of service as pastor. Capps has the longest tenure of the 23 pastors who have served at Shiloh, which was founded in 1915. A plaque was presented to Capps and his wife, Joanne, and a churchwide meal was held in their honor […]
In January, several churches in Aiken Baptist Association partnered to host a professional evangelism team in their community for a nine-day anti-bullying campaign presented in local schools. The churches prayed for God to move during the revivals that resulted and were amazed to witness all of the ways the hope of the gospel was shared […]
“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge myself to you.” Pastor Ken Catoe and his wife, Lynn, have not only taken […]
Bruce Hancock, who retired as pastor of Camden First Baptist Church in May 2017, was recently named pastor emeritus by the church. He is pictured with his wife, Pat, with a plaque commemorating the occasion. Hancock served as pastor at Camden for 25 years.