Ruling leads to $26M settlement in NAMB case involving Spartanburg man

A Montana judge’s summary judgement ruling has led to a $26 million insurance settlement in a quadriplegic man’s lawsuit against the North American Mission Board stemming from a 2009 auto accident. Jeremy Vangsnes, who was 21 at the time of the July 2009 accident, was traveling with two of his brothers, Dan, then 24, and […]

State emphasis highlights missionary links to South Carolina

South Carolina Global Connections is a missions emphasis designed to connect churches with South Carolina missionaries serving at home and abroad. There are currently about 140 families with South Carolina ties serving with the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board. The South Carolina Baptist Convention and the South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union […]

SCBC Disaster Relief, Campers on Mission volunteers assist Lowcountry church

In May, Okatee Baptist Church in Ridgeland moved into a renovated education building, thanks to a collaborative effort of South Carolina Baptists’ Disaster Relief ministry and South Carolina Campers on Mission. The church moved into its new building in November 2006, but eight years later discovered extensive leaks that were damaging multiple areas in the […]

Military veterans become surrogate father to Lowcountry pastor

When Tommy Kelly was a 23-year-old seminary student, his life turned upside down after his father died from a heart attack. Kelly’s father, a strong Christian man, had been a deacon and church treasurer. He also served as the magistrate where the family lived. Kelly got a kick hearing local lawyers, who had vastly more […]

‘Only God Knows’ tells of a life blessed by God’s providence

Edd Brown was labeled the “runt” by family members when he came into the world on the cusp of the Great Depression. His own grandfather predicted that the boy would never amount to much. In “Only God Knows: A Journey of Love, Faith and Joy,” Brown recounts how he overcame the challenges of his early […]

Church counts blessings after bus returning from mission trip crashes

Writer: Jonathan Vickery, Managing Editor, The (Barnwell) People-Sentinel Hagood Avenue Baptist Church has been ministering to the people of Cleveland, Tennessee the past 13 years during its annual summer mission trip. This year the people of Cleveland returned the favor after a wreck involving the Barnwell church group. Concluding their week of mission work in Cleveland, the […]

Obituary: Mitch Gambrell

James Mitchell “Mitch” Gambrell, 62, of Williamston, died May 23, 2015. Born in Ware Shoals, he was pastor of Big Creek Baptist Church and formerly served as pastor at Fork Shoals Mill Baptist Church and Calhoun Falls First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Amy Cooley Gambrell, two sons and four grandchildren.

Obituary: Fred Hammett Brown

Fred Hammett Brown, 85, of Greer, died May 16, 2015. Born Feb. 10, 1930, he grew up in the Cedar Spring Community of Spartanburg. He received a call to ministry while a member of Cedar Springs Baptist Church at the age of 20, and he went on to graduate from Mars Hill Junior College, Furman […]

Obituary: Clarence Edward Crocker

Clarence Edward Crocker, 90, of Spartanburg, died May 29, 2015. A native of Spartanburg, he was pastor emeritus of Fairview Baptist Church in Union, where he served as pastor for 25 years. Before entering the ministry, he was postmaster at Glendale and worked in industrial management. He was a former member of the Spartanburg County […]

Obituary: Carl Grayson Ellison

Carl Grayson Ellison, 92, of Anderson, died May 10, 2015. Born April 20, 1923, in the Cheddar Community of Anderson County, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, where he was a B24 pilot. He was a graduate of Anderson College, Furman University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary. […]