Columbia pastor pens “Messages from Mayberry”

Ronald “Dee” Vaughan, pastor of St. Andrews Baptist Church, Columbia, has published “Messages from Mayberry: Spiritual Life Lessons from My Favorite Episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.” The idea for the book began with the response the author received when using scenes from “The Andy Griffith Show” as sermon illustrations. Vaughan takes 26 episodes that […]

Wassamassaw Baptist Church breaks ground for worship center

On Nov. 4, Wassamassaw Baptist Church in Moncks Corner celebrated it 234th anniversary by breaking ground for a new worship center. More than 200 were in attendance for the special homecoming service. Pictured, from left: Bobby Carter, Stewart Veach, Bobby Bailey, pastor Keith Holley, senior pastor Norman Rogers, pastor Kent Wilson, pastor Tex Reardon, Billy […]

Gerald Roper named pastor emeritus at Secona Baptist Church

Gerald Roper was named pastor emeritus of Secona Baptist Church in Pickens on Nov. 4. He served Secona on three different occasions as interim pastor. He is now a church member, is actively involved in the senior adult ministry, teaches a Sunday school class on a rotation basis, and is the adult Sunday school coordinator. […]

Gaffney octogenarian knits 1,000 caps for ministry to seafarers

Betty Eldridge, 86, was recognized by pastor Scott Peterson and the Woman’s Missionary Union of Providence Baptist Church in Gaffney on the completion of her goal to knit 1,000 caps for the International Seafarers Ministry in Charleston. Charleston Baptist Association gives the caps to seafarers at the Port of Charleston. Eldridge’s achievement is also a memorial […]

21 baptized in Edisto River

Rocky Grove Baptist Church in Salley (Edisto Association) celebrated a baptism service in the Edisto River. Twenty-one believers, ages 7 to 88, were baptized. “God is so good,” said John O’Cain, 71, who has been in the ministry for more than 50 years. He has served as Rocky Grove’s pastor for 23 years in his […]

Cathcart named pastor emeritus of Highland Home Baptist Church

William H. “Billy” Cathcart was named pastor emeritus of Highland Home Baptist Church in Gray Court on Oct. 14. Cathcart served as pastor there from July 1989 until March 2002. He and his wife, Judy, are now members of Highland Home Church, and Judy is choir director. Ben Rumph is pastor. Pictured, from left: Rumph, Billy and Judy […]

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. […]

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 […]