Charleston, A Year Later

On June 17, 2015, a 21-year-old white man sat for an hour with 14 African-American worshipers in a Wednesday-night Bible study at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church. Suddenly, he pulled out a .45 caliber semi-automatic weapon and began firing. Only five people survived the brutal massacre. The forgiveness that flowed from many of the families’ […]

Charleston pastor at SBC: ‘Walk toward racial unity by building bridges’

A June 14 panel discussion at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, titled “A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America,” featured Marshall Blalock, pastor of Charleston First Baptist Church, along with president Jerry Young of the National Baptist Convention USA and Southern Baptist leaders from a variety of racial and ethnic groups. Blalock delivered […]

Information sessions on White Oak Conference Center scheduled for June

Gary Hollingsworth, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and Duane Greene, SCBC Executive Board chairman, will host three information sessions across the state to give South Carolina Baptists the opportunity to discuss White Oak Conference Center. Following are dates and locations of the three sessions: June 9: North Spartanburg First Baptist Church June 23: North […]

Memphis pastor joins AU faculty in pastoral ministry

James Noble, pastor of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., will join the Anderson University faculty as assistant professor of pastoral ministry. Noble currently serves as vice president and a member of the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. In addition to his pastoral ministry roles, he also served as a leadership strategist […]

Team scouts partnership opportunities in Taiwan

In May, a three-person team spent 10 days exploring partnership opportunities with existing churches in Taiwan for future short-term mission teams. The team also distributed Bibles and other literature and served alongside International Mission Board workers there. “Taiwan is an open country and is relatively safe for teams to travel to and share openly with […]

Obituary: Joye Terry

Joye Mears Terry, 53, the wife of Wayne Terry, associate executive director of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, died June 1, 2016, at her home in Lexington after a 16-year battle with breast cancer. Born July 27, 1962 in Greenwood, S.C., she graduated from Wardlaw Academy in 1980, Anderson University in 1982 and Winthrop University […]

Internationals become believers through ESL ministry

English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry is an effective way for churches to reach those in the local international community who want to learn or improve their language skills. Through regular instructional classes and the relationships that develop there, volunteers have the opportunity to share the Gospel with individuals from all across the world. […]

Harris encourages NGU grads ‘not to settle’

North Greenville University held its spring commencement ceremony on a cool spring morning in Melvin and Dollie Younts Stadium on Thursday, May 5. A crowd of over 4,000 spectators watched a graduating class of 331 undergraduates and graduates receive their diplomas. Mark Harris, executive worship pastor and artist in residence at Gateway Church in Dallas/Fort […]

Jay Hardwick joining SCBC staff as director of church planting

Jay Hardwick, 37, pastor of North Rock Hill Church, in Rock Hill, will join the South Carolina Baptist Convention staff in July as director of church planting. Gary Hollingsworth, executive director-treasurer of the SCBC, made the announcement on Tuesday, May 24, saying, “As an experienced church planter in our state, Jay is a respected voice […]