100-plus saved at ‘little country church’

More than 100 people have experienced salvation at little Rice’s Creek Baptist Church near Liberty over the past eight months. Pastor Tim Porter says the explanation is simple: “The Gospel always works.” “I’ve basically preached salvation for eight months,” said Porter, who became pastor at Rice’s Creek earlier this year when the church was averaging […]

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Imagine if pastors received the same support and accolades reserved for college football coaches. While many churches encourage their pastors well — and some do an exemplary job — many pastors feel closer to last year’s fired head coach than the man with the post-game TV show. Enter pastor appreciation month in October. Pastors need […]

A Father’s Gratitude

Katherine was a heroine addict who nearly lost her life, but by the grace of God working through the ministry of Haven of Rest, she is now celebrating one year of sobriety. Recently, Katherine’s dad spoke to the annual donors banquet for the women’s ministry at Haven of Rest. He said, “As you know, Katherine […]

Book details warning signs of ‘Spiritual Strokes’

Just as there are warning signs of a physical stroke that has the potential to devastate the human body, there are also indicators that can predict a spiritual stroke, which can lead to a sudden and catastrophic breakdown of a believer’s relationship with God. If unchecked, a spiritual stroke can also be debilitating for the […]

Richard Spearman retires from St. Helena Island pastorate

Richard Spearman recently retired as pastor of St. Helena Island Baptist Church, where he served for 12 years. His previous pastorates included Double Springs Baptist Church in Greer and Cross Roads Baptist Church in Easley. He and his wife, Nan, have three children and seven grandchildren. They will reside in Greer, where he will be […]

Courier moving to new page size in January 2016

In an effort to improve quality while maximizing its financial resources, The Courier will move to a glossy format for its printed edition beginning in January 2016. The new publication will be approximately 8½ by 11 inches, down from the current page size of 9½ by 12 inches. Courier editor Rudy Gray said the smaller […]

Obituary: Joseph Russ

Joseph H. Russ of Conway, 85, died Aug. 17, 2015. Born in Hallsboro, N.C., Russ graduated from Palmer College in Charleston and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a doctor of divinity degree from International Seminary in Plymouth, Fla. Russ worked as the shipping manager for Aberdeen Manufacturing in Conway and served as pastor and […]

Obituary: Billy Sandifer

William A. “Billy” Sandifer of Blackville, 92, died Aug. 21, 2015. Sandifer was a farmer who was called to the ministry at the age of 33. He worked his way through Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to serving churches in North Carolina while attending school, he also later pastored […]

Obituary: Richard Pendleton

Richard Hal Pendleton of Union died Aug. 29, 2015. Born in Union, he graduated from Furman University in 1979 with a B.A. in religion and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 with a master of divinity degree. He pastored churches in Virginia, Florida and South Carolina. His home church and last church was First Baptist […]

Obituary: Lawrence H. Garrett

Lawrence H. Garrett of Cayce died Aug. 20, 2015. He was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Greenville County. He graduated from North Greenville College in 1955, Furman University in 1957 and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1961. Garrett pastored churches in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina, including Kelleytown Baptist Church in Hartsville and […]