Mike and Debbie Baker: Marriage and Missions

Mike and Debbie Baker met at North Greenville University, later married, and began a journey together that has been characterized by marital longevity and missions involvement. The couple has been married for more than 50 years. She is a retired schoolteacher, and he has served on church staffs, was one of the founders of Joyful […]

Blaze destroys sanctuary of Columbia’s Greater Faith Church

The sanctuary of Greater Faith United Missionary Baptist Church, Columbia, was destroyed by an electrical fire July 31. Church members had met earlier for two services that Sunday before flames were reported around 2 p.m. The building was empty when firefighters arrived. Charles Graham, pastor of Greater Faith, said the building, which had formerly been […]

Columbia Metro Association calls Jamie Rogers as exec. director

Jamie Rogers has begun duties as the new executive director of the Columbia Metro Baptist Association. Pastors and lay leaders of CMBA churches affirmed Rogers during a special called meeting in July held at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia. Rogers has been the Columbia Baptist Collegiate Ministry director on the University of South Carolina […]

S.C. Baptist volunteers respond to Eastern Kentucky floods

South Carolina Baptists are among dozens of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers from across the Southeast, along with Send Relief (the compassion ministry of Southern Baptists), who are providing resources for meals and flood relief supplies to help with recovery following the historic flooding that deluged Eastern Kentucky in late July. “The destruction is absolutely […]

North Spartan Association calls Michael Bragg as director of missions

Michael Bragg is the new director of missions for North Spartan Baptist Association. He previously was pastor of First Baptist Church of Campobello. Bragg is a graduate of Wofford College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from North Greenville University. He and his wife, Amiee, have three adult children.

S.C. team serves refugees on Ukrainian border

A six-member team of South Carolina Baptists returned June 11 after assisting with humanitarian relief efforts in a Romanian town on the Ukraine border. The team’s purpose was “to serve the precious people of Ukraine who have found themselves displaced from their homeland, forced to leave their homes and families,” said team leader Wil Bradham, […]

International teachers present S.C. mission opportunity

More than 1,100 international teachers from 34 countries now are working in South Carolina schools each year, presenting South Carolina Baptists with a tremendous opportunity for international missions — without ever leaving home. Angela McNeal, Church and Community Ministries director with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, leads Heart4Schools, which has a goal of seeing every […]

Slavic congregation among SCBC’s newest church starts

When Igor Vovk’s family moved to South Carolina in 2020, he found a big population of Slavic people in the Upstate, but not many Slavic churches. So, Vovk and a group of friends started gathering in different homes to study God’s Word together. Their group quickly grew in size, and a second Bible study group […]