NGU bids farewell to two longtime English professors

North Greenville University announced the retirement of two longtime English professors — Cathy Sepko and Julia Drummond — at the end of the fall 2016 semester. Sepko, who has served as a professor of English at NGU since 1996, served as the keynote speaker for the fall commencement Dec. 9. She has held various faculty […]

Retiring professor tells NGU grads to learn from past, look to future

Retiring English professor Cathy Sepko told the approximately 180 members of North Greenville University’s 2016 December graduating class on Dec. 9 that, no matter how bleak their past has been, they should learn from it and look to the future. Sepko, known by her students as a storyteller, explained to the graduates just why she […]

Repent & be saved, ‘Emanuel 9’ families urge Roof

Convicted murderer Dylann Roof should repent of the massacre of nine people he killed at Mother Emanuel church, the victims’ survivors said after a jury recommended the death penalty Jan. 10. “Judgment day is coming sooner for him than what he expected,” Denise Quarles, daughter of massacre victim Myra Thompson, said on ABC News after […]

SCBC Executive Board concludes year with restructuring, reports, election of 2017 officers

In 2017, the South Carolina Baptist Convention Executive Board committees will be organized in a way that provides seamless work with the state convention staff toward accomplishing the priorities of evangelism, missions mobilization, church revitalization, and church planting. Approval of the reorganization came at the board’s Dec. 8 meeting in Columbia. The new organization alongside […]

New South Carolina Baptist history book slated for 2020 publication

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has engaged Josh Powell, a Lexington pastor, to write a new history of the state denomination, with an expected release date close to the convention’s 200th anniversary in 2020. The convention’s history committee is overseeing the three-year project. Michael Bryant, executive vice president of Charleston Southern University and chair of the SCBC […]

Sanctity of Human Life: Hard Choices

I opened the paper chart, saw the positive pregnancy test, gritted my teeth, and breathed a silent prayer as I opened the door to exam room 2. I was immediately aware of the suffocating atmosphere in the room, where my patient, a lovely blonde with striking blue eyes, was perched on the table. A high […]

SCBC Executive Board elects 2017 officers at Dec. meeting

John Goudelock (left), associate pastor of Living Water Baptist Church in Longs (Waccamaw Association) was elected chairman of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Dec. 8. Serving with Goudelock in 2017 will be vice chairman Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church, and secretary Katie Whitaker, a member of West Columbia […]

Upstate man tells story of missionary work in Thailand

Courier Publishing is pleased to announce the release of “Worth It All,” by Jack Mahaffey, missionary to Thailand. When Mahaffey preached his final sermon at Hat Yai Baptist Church in Southern Thailand, a man from the church asked him if the three decades he had spent as a missionary had been worth it. “Yes, it […]

Upstate ministries serve a growing Japanese community

Three major Japanese companies will open industrial plants in the Upstate over the next year. Along with creating thousands of new jobs, the companies will move hundreds of Japanese executives, workers and families into the Moore, Greer and Simpsonville areas. Groups that teach English as a second language, along with other South Carolina Baptist ministries, […]