Camp Marietta trustees ready to recommend buyer for property

Trustees of Camp Marietta in northern Greenville County have settled on a potential buyer for the property, and the chairwoman says she is confident the facility will continue to operate as a Christian camp after it is sold. The property is owned and operated by two Upstate Baptist associations — Greenville and Three Rivers — and is overseen by […]

Simpsonville retiree launches Operation Orange Ribbon

Jesse French wants to raise awareness for persecuted Christians overseas   When a persistent thought met a challenging sermon, the result was a new prayer movement called Operation Orange Ribbon. Jesse French, a member of First Baptist Church of Simpsonville, became concerned about the plight of Christians in Africa and the Middle East. “I kept […]

Speaking of Alabama-Clemson …

Gary Hollingsworth was called to be executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention the same week his alma mater defeated Clemson University in the NCAA football championship game. The irony of the timing is not lost on the Alabama alumnus, who supports his alma mater but also admires Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. “I […]

Graham’s Decision America Tour coming to Columbia Feb. 9

Franklin Graham will bring his Decision America Tour to the steps of the South Carolina State House in Columbia for a noon prayer rally on Feb. 9. “I believe we are perilously close to the moral tipping point for the survival of the United States of America,” Graham said in the latest issue of Decision […]

Former South Carolinian leads cowboy churches in filling ministry void

New believers follow footprints of Jesus, their ‘trail boss’   A rancher in eastern Idaho spends two months each spring living in his rustic calving barn. He “calfnaps” when he can, since he’s awake at least every two hours, 24/7, checking on the birthing process and helping when needed. He doesn’t like to miss church, […]

New state convention CEO to hold statewide listening sessions

Gary Hollingsworth, newly elected SCBC executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, wants to hear what’s on the minds of South Carolina Baptists. To that end he has scheduled six listening sessions across the state during the month of March. A Jan. 26 email from the SCBC to church leaders and staff members said […]

Call to serve in South Carolina was clear, say Hollingsworths

Gwen Hollingsworth was watering flowers last September during a moment of quiet time with the Lord. She knew a South Carolina Baptist Convention search team had approached her husband about his possible candidacy for the state’s open executive director-treasurer position. A few months earlier, Rick Lance, executive director of the State Board of Missions and […]

New exec hopes to bring ‘clarity and focus’ to convention’s role in serving churches

Gary Hollingsworth, newly elected executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, says he embraces the state denomination’s pillars of evangelism, missions, church planting and church revitalization, and he plans to sharpen the SCBC’s focus on serving churches. “Denominations only exist to serve churches, especially on the state level,” he said. “A state convention can’t […]

Gary Hollingsworth to lead South Carolina Baptist Convention as new state executive

Gary Hollingsworth, a long-serving pastor and denominational leader with a record of church planting and international missions support, has been elected executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He received the unanimous support of SCBC messengers who convened Jan. 14 for a special called meeting of the state convention at Shandon Baptist Church in […]