Obituary: Landrum Reece

Landrum Burton Reece, 85, of Williamston, died Oct. 18, 2020.  Born in Greenville, he was called to the ministry in 1958. He served as pastor of numerous Baptist churches throughout the Upstate of South Carolina and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Gladys Hiott […]

Obituary: Jimmy Fanning

James R. “Jimmy” Fanning Jr., 74, of Gaston, died Oct. 19, 2020. A native of the Pinehill Community of Orangeburg County, he was a Southern Baptist minister for 50 years, serving eight South Carolina  Baptist churches in Orangeburg, Aiken, Spartanburg, and Lexington counties, as well as Tennessee. He also served in various Baptist associational capacities […]

Obituary: Ed Bolton

Edwin H. Bolton, 92, of Spartanburg, father-in-law of Spartanburg First Baptist pastor Don Wilton, died Sept. 16, 2020. A native of Durban, South Africa, he studied at the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa, and served as pastor of churches in South Africa, Louisiana and Mississippi. He also served as general secretary of the Leprosy […]

Obituary: Robert L. Deaton

Robert Lee “Bob” Deaton, 87, of Duncan, died Nov. 16, 2020. A native of Pageland, he was a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and also studied at the Princeton Institute of Theology of Princeton Theological Seminary. Ordained by First Baptist Church, Pageland in 1956, he was pastor of five South Carolina […]

Simpsonville pastor named SCBC president-elect; first African-American president takes office

Messengers to the 200th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention elected a Simpsonville pastor as president-elect, approved a $26.5 million Cooperative Program budget, and adopted a resolution affirming churches that also identify as Great Commission Baptists. In an abbreviated, one-day session Nov. 10 at the historic First Baptist Church of Columbia, messengers also […]

A Different Thanksgiving Day in 2020

Typically, the Thanksgiving holiday features some of the busiest travel days of the year. With the pandemic still strong and no vaccine or cure available, travel plans are changing. In the past, it has been estimated that as many as 90 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. While that may not change, the […]

Thanksgiving: The 2020 Experience

The Bible has much to say about being thankful or giving thanks. For example, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” The Psalms contain many exhortations to be thankful. Yet, what happens when a pandemic intersects with protests, looting and basic civil unrest? Add […]

SCBC Executive Board approves one-day annual meeting

The Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, meeting Oct. 6 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Columbia, has approved changing the upcoming annual meeting from two days to one, taking precautions precipitated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Board, with Albert Allen presiding as chairman, adopted a motion to condense the 2020 […]

Glovers: Being Thankful, Even When It’s Difficult

The turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie will likely taste a little sweeter to Brent and Courtney Glover this Thanksgiving. In late March, Brent, an otherwise healthy 34-year-old with an active lifestyle, began having severe headaches and felt really fatigued. He also noticed some red spots on his arms and legs, as well as a couple […]

‘Lights! Camera! Action!’ Courier videos now rolling

“Lights! Camera! Action! We’re recording!” may not exactly be director calls one would expect from The Courier, but Courier readers may soon become Courier viewers, too. With a soft launch of Courier Videos this fall, the South Carolina Baptist magazine has ventured into video production to further enhance telling the stories of those who are […]