IvyStone Church members minister in Jamaica

 IvyStone Community Church in Myrtle Beach recently sent a team of church members on a mission trip to Jamaica. Their ministry included Vacation Bible School, a blood pressure clinic and community evangelism. Tom Sees is pastor.

Bill Watkins honored on 10th anniversary at Oak Grove Church, Batesburg

Bill Watkins, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church, near Batesburg, was recently honored with a surprise celebration for his 10th anniversary at the church. Oak Grove members, as well as one of Watkins’ sons and family, joined in the evening of fellowship, which included a meal, gift-giving and expressions of support by church members. Johnny […]

Rick Cruz named worship pastor at Santee Circle Community Church

Rick Cruz has been called as worship pastor of Santee Circle Community Church in Moncks Corner. The Goose Creek native previously served in North Carolina. He earned a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Michelle, have three sons: Joshua, Matthew and Stephen.

Carolina Association group does mission work in West Virginia

Carolina Baptist Association recently returned from a successful mission trip to Huntersville, W.Va., under the leadership of Fred Holmes, mission development director. The 38-member team completed a new roof for an elderly couple, held backyard Bible clubs, and ministered to the women’s prison birthing center and to the men’s federal prison. The gospel was presented […]

Conway woman publishes Christian fiction book

Renee Kinlaw of Conway has released her fourth book, “Leann’s Victory,” a fictional story that depicts the depths of God’s love. It is the first of four books in her “The Restoration” series. Kinlaw’s other books include three devotionals and Bible studies: “God Has a Scrub Brush,” “Baggage and All: Yesterday is His-Story,” and “Defining […]

Jeff McCartney ordained to the ministry

Jeff McCartney was recently ordained to the ministry by Corinth Baptist Church in Salley (Edisto Baptist Association). Johnny Muller, director of missions for Edisto Association, encouraged the church, while deacons from Crossroads Baptist Church and Corinth Church participated in the charge to church members and to McCartney, who accepted Corinth’s call as pastor. Pictured, from […]

Conway church mission team ministers in Tennessee

Bethlehem Baptist Church of Conway partnered with Ocoee Outreach of Bradley County, Tenn., again this year for a week of ministry. The men’s team of five replaced a roof, windows, and siding for a family in need. The women’s team worked with the Boys & Girls Club of America of Lays Street. On Tuesday night […]

Utica Baptist Church completes construction and renovation project

Utica Baptist Church in Seneca recently completed a $3 million construction and facilities-improvement project, including a new welcome center, additional classrooms, an elevator, new chairs and carpet, an upgraded sound system, a sprinkler system, ADA-upgraded restrooms, and parking lot resurfacing. Ryan Goodroe is completing his fifth year as lead pastor.