Pulitzer winners from Charleston newspaper tie domestic abuse to Christianity

The South Carolina newspaper that won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism has drawn criticism for linking the Palmetto state’s domestic violence problems with its residents’ belief in the Bible’s teaching about gender. “Just because the Bible describes [gender] roles is not any excuse for any type of abuse,” Mike Hamlet, pastor of […]

Baptist pastor to lead refugee resettlement effort in Spartanburg

A South Carolina Baptist pastor has been tapped to head the Spartanburg office of World Relief, an organization that will seek to help people fleeing persecution to find refuge in the Upstate. Jason Lee, who has served as pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Spartanburg for five years, will serve as executive director for […]

‘Seven Arrows’ aims at Bible study growth

Polished sermons and prepared Bible studies can inadvertently cause the average Christian to feel inadequate and ill-equipped to study the Scriptures themselves. The result is an ever-increasing level of biblical illiteracy in most churches and an over-dependence on preachers and sermons. With that in mind, Matt Rogers and Donny Mathis have written “Seven Arrows,” a […]

Ministry assistants to gather in Lexington May 14-16

The annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Ministry Assistants Association is slated for May 14-16 at Round Hill Baptist Church in Lexington. The meeting begins with a garden party on Thursday evening. The meeting will include seminars and will conclude with a breakfast meeting with new association president Luella Sargent. Registration is $85, which […]

Former SCBC president and longtime pastor Wayne Dickard retires

Wayne Dickard, former South Carolina Baptist Convention president and pastor of Siloam Baptist Church in Easley, retired from the pastorate March 15, completing three decades in ministry. He plans to hold evangelism rallies, Sunday school conferences, and revival meetings in the future. On March 1, he organized an evangelism rally at Anderson University, which drew […]

Obituary: Fred Miller

Fred Samuel Miller Jr., 87, of West Columbia, retired pastor of Saint Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, died Feb. 5, 2015. Born in Union, he was a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was awarded doctor of divinity degrees in 1985 by Furman University and Charleston Southern University. He was a […]

Obituary: Harold Killian

William Harold Killian, 92, of Taylors, a retired pastor, died Feb. 17, 2015. Born in Statesville, N.C., he received a B.A. from Wake Forest University and an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also did post-graduate work at Princeton, Columbia and Furman universities. Killian was ordained to the ministry in 1946. He held pastorates […]

Obituary: Carey McElveen

Carey S. McElveen, of Lake City, a retired pastor, died Feb. 8, 2015, at the McLeod Hospice House. He pastored the following churches: Lynchburg Baptist, Scranton Baptist, Pageland First Baptist and Manning First Baptist. He also was interim pastor for Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and New Zion Baptist Church. He graduated from Francis Marion University […]