CMBA executive director retires

George Bullard, executive director of Columbia Metro Baptist Association, retired June 10. The longtime denominational leader officially notified CMBA’s Visionary Leadership Community of his plans during the group’s monthly meeting in Columbia. Bullard has served the CMBA since 2017. After serving in several missions roles with the former Home Mission Board, Bullard went to Columbia […]

Letter: More Grace and Humility Needed

Once again, I found myself sitting in worship privately grieving that the pastor of the church would give his forced resignation at the end of the service. Please, God, not again! While the secular world “fires” people, I do not give up hope that His Church will do this differently. After all, this pastor was […]

Two DOMs receive inaugural Satterwhite Awards

Two directors of missions received inaugural Cliff Satterwhite Awards March 14 for outstanding service as disaster relief volunteers. Chris Smith and Tommy Richardson were recognized for their “tireless work in helping the Pee Dee and Grand Strand areas recover from four consecutive years of major disasters,” Randy Creamer, director of South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief, […]

Three pastors, DOM recognized at 2019 annual meeting

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 […]

York Association’s Mike Wallace leading Bahama relief efforts

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 […]

Scholarship to honor director of missions and wife

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 is new DOM for Welsh Neck Association

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 celebrates 50th anniversary

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 […]