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 […]

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 […]