S.C. Baptist Convention to offer ‘voluntary early retirement incentive’ to some employees

An undisclosed number of full-time employees of the South Carolina Baptist Convention may elect to accept a voluntary early retirement incentive in the coming months, according to an April 26 news release from SCBC executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth. In a meeting Wednesday in the Baptist building in Columbia, Hollingsworth told eligible employees that the plan will “become effective” June 30. Some […]

Retiring Columbia Metro Association DOM Bill Dieckmann honored

Writer: Karen Hulvey, Columbia Metro Baptist Association By formal proclamation of the mayor, March 24 was William P. Dieckmann Day in the city of Columbia. It was the day Columbia Metro Baptist Association celebrated Dieckmann’s retirement after 40 years of ministry, including 28 years at the association, the last 13 years as director of missions. The day […]

SCBC president visits Charleston Southern University

South Carolina Baptist Convention president Keith Shorter was 229 miles from his family’s home in Easley, but he was feeling right at home at Charleston Southern University. “Four weeks ago, my granddaughter was born right across the street here,” said Shorter, pointing toward the Trident Medical Center. Shorter’s daughter and son-in-law recently celebrated the birth […]

SCBC accepting recommendations for boards, committees

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is accepting recommendations for persons to serve on the state denomination’s standing committees, on the boards of trustees of the convention’s institutions, and on the SCBC Executive Board. Deadlines for receiving recommendations are July 6 for Executive Board and trustees, and July 13 for committees. The forms for recommending individuals can be downloaded and […]

Upstate event for deaf community designed to build relationships, share gospel

Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors will host a weekend event July 14-16 for the state’s deaf community (including parents, families, volunteers, and interested churches). The event will include entertainment, food, games, and prizes and will communicate the gospel to a people group in which the North American Mission Board suggests only .0009 percent attend […]

Tending to Spiritual Needs after the Disaster

Georgiana Haselden survived the devastating floods of 2015 that demolished her home in Hemingway. Almost exactly one year later, she faced Hurricane Matthew’s impact to the same area. Now, because of ongoing disaster relief survivor care ministry efforts in her town, Haselden faces future life crises with the living hope of Jesus Christ. “Disaster relief […]

Humor, church planting mark Gene Fant’s upbringing

Spend a few minutes across a table from Gene and Lisa Fant, and you’ll appreciate that humor is part of the equation in getting to know North Greenville University’s new first couple. Ask about his earliest childhood memories of Mississippi, and he’ll say, “Pine trees, rattlesnakes and tornadoes.” Ask her what first attracted her to […]

Courier wins top magazine honors, writing awards

The Baptist Courier garnered five prizes recently from the South Carolina Press Association. The awards, which recognized work published in 2016, were announced March 18 in Columbia. The Courier’s June issue, with a cover story on Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney and other articles related to Father’s Day, took top honors in the […]

‘Someone Held My Hand’ surpasses 17,000 copies

Courier Publishing has partnered with Connie Maxwell Children’s Home to reprint “Someone Held My Hand,” a collection of uplifting stories by alumni and friends of the 125-year-old Baptist-affiliated institution based in Greenwood. With the latest reprint, more than 17,000 copies of the book have been published. Subtitled “A Series of God Stories,” the book was […]