Obituary: A. Kennerley Bonnette Jr.

Augustus Kennerley Bonnette Jr., 77, of Summerville, a longtime professor at Charleston Southern University, died Sept. 5, 2022. A North Charleston native, he was a graduate of the College of Charleston and Clemson University. In January 1971, he began his career at Baptist College at Charleston (now Charleston Southern University) teaching all levels of chemistry, […]

Obituary: Dewitt Clyde

Robert Dewitt Clyde, 93, of Gaffney, died Aug. 26, 2022. Born in Greenville, he was a retired minister who previously served as pastor of Baptist churches in Kentucky and South Carolina, including Philadelphia, Pauline; New Prospect, Inman; and New Pleasant, Gaffney. He formerly served as director of missions for Broad River Baptist Association in Gaffney […]

Obituary: Felton Cox

Felton Cox, 97, of Greenville, died Aug. 16, 2022. A native of Greenville, he served in the Army Medical Corp in New Guinea during World War II. He was called into the ministry at age 35 and attended North Greenville College, Furman University, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. During his 33 years of ministry, he […]

Obituary: Mark Jeffcoat

Mark R. Jeffcoat, 71, of Lexington, died Sept. 9, 2022. Born in Columbia, he was the son of church planters who built multiple South Carolina Baptist churches with their own hands. He was ordained by Hermitage Baptist Church in Camden, serving seven years as a congregational minister and 30 years with the South Carolina Baptist […]

Obituary: Betty Turner Mears

Betty Turner Mears, 87, of Florence, and wife of longtime South Carolina Baptist pastor and former Baptist Courier trustee Ted Mears, died Aug. 30, 2022. A native of Columbia, she attended Winthrop College and the University of South Carolina. After she and her husband moved to Louisville, Ky., she studied at the W.O. Carver School […]

Obituary: Ted Robertson Sr.

James Theodore “Ted” Robertson Sr., 92, of Denmark, died Sept. 8, 2022. A native of Barnwell, he attended Furman University and the College of Charleston, and was a graduate of California State University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry in 1964. He served as pastor of South Carolina Baptist churches […]

SCBC Bylaws Committee to invoke emergency provision

The Bylaws Committee moves to waive the normal bylaws amendment process requirements and amend a very small section of the bylaws at the 2022 annual meeting using the emergency provision spelled out in Bylaws Part 1, Article XII, Section B, Item 2. The section in question can be found in Bylaws Part 1, Article VII, […]

President’s Perspective: It’s Time to Wake Up!

I announced the theme of this year’s annual meeting last November, but God has continued to shape the heart of that theme over the months that followed. Coming out of the social depression and missional uncertainty of a global pandemic, many — if not most — of our pastors and churches had understandably fallen into […]

Blaze destroys sanctuary of Columbia’s Greater Faith Church

The sanctuary of Greater Faith United Missionary Baptist Church, Columbia, was destroyed by an electrical fire July 31. Church members had met earlier for two services that Sunday before flames were reported around 2 p.m. The building was empty when firefighters arrived. Charles Graham, pastor of Greater Faith, said the building, which had formerly been […]