Executive Board affirms potential White Oak deal

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is negotiating with a potential buyer for White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro. The SCBC Executive Board approved a motion in April 2016 to seek a buyer for its conference center, established in 1979, after studying the long-term maintenance and operational costs of keeping the facility open. According to an […]

Connecting Men to Christ in the Outdoors

Patrick Tyndall keeps a flash drive containing photos of men being baptized while wearing their Ironman Outdoors T-shirts. “I remember the first picture I received from a guy who had been on one of our retreats,” Tyndall said. “I thanked him for sending it, and I asked him why he wore that shirt to be […]

30-plus profess Christ at NGU chapel service

North Greenville University reported that more than 30 students professed Jesus as savior at the school’s first chapel service on Aug. 23. Clayton King, teaching pastor at NewSpring Church, preached at the service, which also served as the initial session of the university’s “Ignite” conference. In 2014, King relocated his Crossroads Worldwide ministry from North […]

Greenwood pastor will be SCBC president-elect nominee

Bryant Sims, pastor of First Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Greenwood for the last 14 years, will be nominated for the office of president-elect of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the SCBC annual meeting Nov. 7-8 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. David Little, director of missions for Lakelands Baptist Association, told The Courier […]

New book: ‘Never, Oh Never, Take a Dinosaur Home’

Seneca resident Timmi Haulbrook Jernigan has combined her love of children, writing and drawing in her first children’s book, “Never, Oh Never, Take a Dinosaur Home” (Courier Publishing, $11.95). A self-taught artist, Jernigan utilized her talent for many years as an educator in South Carolina, serving in various counties as a teacher, guidance counselor and […]

Tony Beam to serve on SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Tony Beam, vice president for student life and Christian worldview at North Greenville University, has been appointed by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Nominating Committee to the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The commission works to engage the culture with the gospel and to speak publicly to moral and ethical issues. Beam also hosts a daily […]

Columbia First launches interactive online Sunday school class

For the past 62 years, Columbia First Baptist Church has broadcast worship services on television and advanced the gospel over the public airwaves in South Carolina and in parts of North Carolina and Georgia. More recently, worship services have been available worldwide live via the Internet. Now, in an effort to bring the intimacy of […]

Energetic nonagenarian presented Baptist Foundation award

Age has never been a hindrance for Franklin G. Mason, a man who ran his first marathon at 60 and who still practices dentistry at 92. He has been on 35 medical mission trips to eight different countries, served for 20 years as a trustee of Charleston Southern University and has been a deacon at […]

Reading mentor joins ‘stick figure’ family portrait

During the school year, pastor Steve Burnette spends time every week with his “reading buddy” at a local elementary school. “It’s amazing how you can become a strong voice in these children’s lives [by being] an adult who cares and demonstrates love to them just 30 minutes a week,” said Burnette. Burnette’s church, First Baptist […]

SCBC president appoints 2018 Committee on Committees

Keith Shorter, president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has announced 15 appointments to the SCBC’s Committee on Committees for 2018. The Committee on Committees nominates members to the SCBC’s standing committees and any other special committees authorized by the convention. Appointees include: Duane Green, Crosspoint Church, Clemson Eddie Leopard, Fairview Baptist Church, Greer Johnny […]