Annette Allen recently retired as church pianist for First Baptist Church, Clearwater, after 45 years. With her are Pastor John Bolin, left, and Minister of Music Charles Crews.
Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Brunson recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. A bamboo arbor was built in front of the church steps to bring back the early days when church members held services under an arbor. The church was established in 1869. More than 200 people attended the celebration on Nov. 3, 2019. Former pastor […]
Sallie Ann Hinson Baker (left) was recognized Jan. 5 by the Woman’s Missionary Union of New Calvary Baptist Church. The WMU bought a brick in her honor on the national WMU’s Walk of Faith in Birmingham, Ala., in an honor/memorial garden recognizing those who have devoted their lives to fulfilling the Great Commission. Jennifer Kolb (right), […]
First Baptist Church of Spartanburg ordained Jacob Comer (second from left), associate minister of students, on March 1. He is the son of Tommy Comer (far left), associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Gaffney, and the grandson of Heyward Comer, a former, longtime pastor of Drayton Baptist Church in Spartanburg. With them are Seth Buckley, […]
Carrol Caldwell, pastor of Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church, Union, for 15 years, was surprised with a Toyota truck on pastor appreciation day. Caldwell averages about 400 miles a week in his travels, and his current truck had 330,000 miles on it.
Frank Thomas, pastor of Harris Baptist Church, Greenwood, and his wife, Debbie, were recognized for 40 years of service. Thomas has baptized 718 people, and the church has donated over $2.3 million to missions. They were surprised with a cruise to Alaska.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]