Padgett’s Creek honors church historian Betty Jo Lawson

Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church, near Union, held its homecoming Aug. 4. The congregation was founded 235 years ago. A luncheon in the church’s family life center followed the celebration service. Chairman of deacons Stephen Stone, right, presented an appreciation award to Betty Jo Lawson for her many years as church historian. With them is Pastor […]

Alice Drive Church honors Pastor Clay Smith for 25 years of service

Pastor Clay Smith was honored June 2 at Alice Drive Baptist Church for 25 years of leadership. When Smith started in 1994, the Sumter church had a congregation of about 285 people. Now the church averages more than 1,500 people over three Sunday morning services and a Monday night service. Smith received several honors during […]

Brushy Creek Baptists mark 225th anniversary

Brushy Creek Baptist Church, Taylors, hosted special services on March 17 marking 225 years of ministry. The oldest church in Greenville County to operate under the same name, Brushy Creek is one of the three oldest centers of worship in Greenville. The services included messages by the congregation’s last three pastors, who total 43 years […]

Honea Path First celebrating 150 years

First Baptist Church of Honea Path will celebrate its 150th anniversary May 5.  Former youth minister Steve Wise, who currently serves as missions minister at First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, will bring the message during the 10 a.m. service. Among special guests expected for the occasion will be Martha Bagby, whose husband, Booker Bagby, served […]

Secona Baptist ordains Chandler Dale Moats to the ministry

Chandler Dale Moats was ordained to the ministry by Secona Baptist Church in Pickens on Jan. 27. He is a graduate of North Greenville University and will complete his master of arts degree in discipleship from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in May. Moats serves as student pastor at Secona. Pictured, from left: Chandler and […]

Nathan Sweet earns Ph.D. from SEBTS

Nathan Sweet, a Greer native who later lived in Lugoff, recently received his Ph.D. in Christian leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sweet is student pastor at Wake Cross Roads Church in Raleigh, N.C. His father, Greg Sweet, is pastor of Spear’s Creek Baptist Church in Elgin.

Saluda Baptist Church celebrates 50th anniversary

Saluda Baptist Church in Saluda celebrated its 50th anniversary Dec. 2. The church held its first worship service Dec. 1, 1968, in the administrative building of the local school district. Approximately 75 families constituted the original congregation, which today has nearly 600 members. The current worship center was built in 1979. Saluda Church is a […]