Charleston Baptist using pickleball to build relationships

Pickleball has been the fastest-growing sport in America for the past two years, and Southern Baptist churches are using it as a way to build relationships among their members and reach out to their communities. Invented in 1965 near Seattle, pickleball resembles Ping-Pong, badminton or tennis. Players stand on opposite sides of a three-foot-high net […]

Fairview pastor Eddie Leopard announces retirement

Eddie Leopard announced his retirement as lead pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Greer, effective Jan. 22. Leopard has served as lead pastor of Fairview for almost 10 years. He and his wife, Dawn, will devote their time to Leopard Home Base Ministries, a ministry they recently started to strengthen families and marriages. They will […]

Bamberg church began with a prayer 150 years ago

First Baptist Church of Bamberg marked a milestone in the church’s long history with the celebration of its 150th anniversary last November. It’s an achievement members say reflects the church’s faithfulness and dedication to God. Pastor Brad Hudson said he is proud of how far the church has come. “There are not a lot of […]

‘IMPACT’ conference slated Feb. 23 at Church at The Mill in Moore

“IMPACT,” a one-day conference for pastors, church planters, and church leaders, will feature Matt Carter, Jeff Struecker, Michael Catt and Aaron Williams. The event on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Church at The Mill in Moore, begins at 9 a.m. and dismisses at 4 p.m. Carter is vice president of the Send Network of the North […]

Human trafficking on the rise in South Carolina

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson recently reported that human trafficking in the state has increased. In the annual report of the task force he chairs, he stated, “In 2022, South Carolina saw a substantial increase in labor trafficking cases, while the number of children identified as sex trafficking victims continued to rise as well. […]

Leopards devoted to helping couples ‘like each other’ again

A longtime South Carolina pastor, Eddie Leopard, and his wife, Dawn, have launched a ministry together devoted to helping couples who love each other learn to like each other again. While they’ve heard some spouses say, “I love him or her, but I just don’t like them,” Dawn noted, “Well, at some point you had […]

Obituary: Jennie Clayton

Jennie Rae Surratt Clayton, 76, of Blacksburg, and wife of Rev. Joseph Clayton, died Nov. 7, 2022. She was a graduate of Lander University and served as a pastor’s wife, church pianist, music teacher, and substitute teacher. She and her husband served several South Carolina Baptist churches, including Nazareth, Blacksburg; Lowrys, Chester; Juniper Bay, Conway; […]

Obituary: Redden Thames

Redden Thames, 90, of Lexington, died Nov. 23, 2022. He was a graduate of Stetson University and Southern Seminary, and did graduate studies at Chandler School of Theology. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Stetson in 1971. A retired minister, he served as pastor of Baptist churches in Florida, Kentucky and South Carolina. He […]

Obituary: Thomas Nelson

Thomas Rhame Nelson, 91, of Myrtle Beach, died Dec. 26, 2022. A native of Charleston, he was a graduate of the College of Charleston. He was also a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Kentucky. He served as pastor of churches in Kentucky and North Carolina, and was later called to […]