In the spring of 2019, director of missions Mike Baker called together the pastors in his association and asked if each one would consider writing a chapter for a book that could be used to inspire the people in their congregations as well as others. “Faith Brought Surrender: Heart Stories from Pastors of the Palmetto […]
The 2019 South Carolina Baptist Pastor of the Year Awards were presented during the Pastors Conference at Southside Church in Spartanburg. The awards are presented by Anderson University: • John E. White Award (churches up to 350 members): Will Browning, lead pastor of Journey Church in Screven Association. Browning started Journey Church about 12 years […]
Mission Development Director Mike Wallace and York Baptist Association’s churches are taking a lead role in coordinating South Carolina Baptists’ disaster relief efforts in the Bahamas. While Wallace was serving on the staff of Sisk Memorial Baptist in Fort Mill, the church made mission trips to the Grand Bahama Island to work with Upper Zion […]
Later this year, a scholarship honoring Bryant and Roseanne Fersner will begin to provide financial assistance for North Greenville University students who plan to pursue vocational Christian ministry. Fersner served as a pastor for 35 years before becoming director of missions for Moriah Baptist Association in 2014. He graduated from the University of South Carolina […]
Joe Willard has been elected director of missions for Welsh Neck Baptist Association. He previously served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Darlington. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Charleston Southern University and master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served on the South Carolina Baptist […]
Saluda Baptist Church in Saluda celebrated its 50th anniversary Dec. 2. The church held its first worship service Dec. 1, 1968, in the administrative building of the local school district. Approximately 75 families constituted the original congregation, which today has nearly 600 members. The current worship center was built in 1979. Saluda Church is a […]
South Carolina ranks 7th in the nation in population growth per square mile and is growing over three times faster than the national average. Nineteen of the state’s 46 counties are in the top 25 percent of the fastest-growing counties in America. However, while the population is growing, South Carolina Baptist Convention churches as a […]
Daniel Godfrey has been called as executive director of Broad River Baptist Association. He is a graduate of North Greenville University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Godfrey previously served as pastor of Arrowwood Baptist Church in Chesnee. He and his wife, Heidi, are the parents of Chloe and Troy.
Woody Oliver has been called as director of missions for Savannah River Baptist Association. He previously served Harmony Baptist Church in Edgemoor and Woodfields Baptist Church in Greenwood. He has chaired the Nominations Committee and By-Laws Committee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Oliver and his wife, Dena, have four daughters and three grandchildren.
Renee Kinlaw of Conway has released her fourth book, “Leann’s Victory,” a fictional story that depicts the depths of God’s love. It is the first of four books in her “The Restoration” series. Kinlaw’s other books include three devotionals and Bible studies: “God Has a Scrub Brush,” “Baggage and All: Yesterday is His-Story,” and “Defining […]