Former Charleston Southern coach pens discipleship book

A former coach at Charleston Southern University has published a book that combines spiritual truth and his recommendations for becoming a team leader. Jay Mills, former head football coach at CSU from 2003 to 2012, has written “Game On! A Coach’s Game Plan for Discipleship.” He now serves as executive pastor of Pleasant Valley Community […]

Spring Valley pastor Robert Winburn announces retirement

Robert Winburn will retire on June 5 after 46 years of ministry. He has been pastor of churches in Kentucky and South Carolina, serving the past 33 years at Spring Valley Baptist in Columbia. A native of Ehrhardt, he received a B.A. from Wofford College and M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. […]

‘Faith That Works’ plumbs lessons from the Book of James

South Carolina pastor Tom Hinkle has written a new book, “Faith That Works: Devotions from the Book of James” (Courier Publishing, 96 pages, $12.95). “James is a very practical epistle that instructs us on how we are to live by faith that exhibits itself in works,” said Hinkle. “We are saved by grace through faith, […]

BCM hires Lesley Joseph as campus minister

Lesley Joseph was recently named as Baptist Collegiate Ministry director for Allen University and Benedict College. Joseph attended the University of South Carolina and Johns Hopkins University before earning a Ph.D. from USC, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor. His wife, Jonita Joseph, “J.J.,” will join him often on both campuses as they […]

Southern Baptist church plants increase for second consecutive year

Cliff McCray was playing football at the University of Central Florida in 2007 when one of his teammates tragically passed away. Through the tragedy, God led McCray to faith and kickstarted a journey that led to full-time ministry and church planting. “I got saved in a college ministry on UCF’s campus,” McCray said of his […]

Travel with The Courier!

Join The Baptist Courier for a five-day adventure, September 26-30, 2022, to the Amish country to visit: The Amish Village, Hershey Chocolate World, and the Museum of the Bible. Breathe in the fresh air, see the fall colors, and experience a simpler time in the Pennsylvania Amish country. Enjoy a hearty lunch at the Bird-in-Hand […]

Call for Nominations for SCBC Committees, Boards

South Carolina Baptists are encouraged to nominate qualified persons to serve on the standing committees and the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention as well as the boards of the SCBC’s seven ministry partners. If you wish to nominate someone, visit The deadline for SCBC nominations is May 31.

Obituary: Randy Gardner

Randy C. Gardner, 69, of Gaffney, died March 28, 2022. Born in Cowpens, he was a graduate of Gardner-Webb College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor of churches in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and worked as a hospice chaplain and pastoral counselor/marriage and family therapist in Gaffney and Spartanburg. Survivors […]