‘21st Century Ministry’ D.Min. launching at AU

Anderson University’s Clamp Divinity School has established a new “Doctor of Ministry in 21st Century Ministry” degree program designed to better equip pastors and church leaders for effective service in a shifting culture. The program engages multiple fields — from leadership and church health to pastoral ministry and evangelism — with an emphasis on “leaning […]

Baptist Foundation announces search process

The Baptist Foundation of South Carolina has formed a search committee to seek the next president to succeed Barry B. Edwards, who will retire at the end of August. The committee is chaired by former board chairman Tom Cothran of Columbia. Other committee members include board members and a representative from the South Carolina Baptist […]

At 125 and counting, Connie Maxwell still serving needy children

“Nearly a hundred children [are] pleading for admission.” That statement by Dr. William P. Jacobs, who ran a South Carolina orphanage in the late 1800s, caught the attention of W.W. Keys, co-owner and publisher of The Baptist Courier. On Nov. 15, 1888, Keys wrote an editorial about the plight of orphans in his state. His […]

Reprinted: ‘Marriage That Works Is Work’

Getting married is easy, but maintaining the divinely designed relationship of marriage requires a workmanlike commitment to God and to each other. That’s the premise behind “Marriage That Works Is Work” by Baptist Courier editor Rudy Gray, which has been reprinted on the 10th anniversary of the book’s initial publication. Intended to help couples in […]

Debbie Grooms to retire after 37-year Courier career

At 100 Manly Street in Greenville, employees of The Baptist Courier pretty much can’t go anywhere without passing by Debbie Grooms’ office near the center of the building. She sees a lot of traffic during the day, and people stop at her door and lean in — to say hello … to chat about tomatoes, […]

Summerville Baptist Church calls Randy Harling as lead pastor

Randy Harling has been called as lead pastor of Summerville Baptist Church. Harling, who formerly served as president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, is a graduate of Furman University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. At Simpsonville, he founded “A Home for Me,” a ministry to connect foster children to […]

Baptist theologian Luke Stamps to join AU faculty in the fall

Luke Stamps, a widely published Baptist theologian, will join the faculty of Anderson University this fall. Stamps has served since 2012 as assistant professor of Christian studies at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif. A native of Alabama, he is a graduate of Auburn University and earned his master of divinity and doctor of philosophy […]

SCBC president visits Charleston Southern University

South Carolina Baptist Convention president Keith Shorter was 229 miles from his family’s home in Easley, but he was feeling right at home at Charleston Southern University. “Four weeks ago, my granddaughter was born right across the street here,” said Shorter, pointing toward the Trident Medical Center. Shorter’s daughter and son-in-law recently celebrated the birth […]

SCBC accepting recommendations for boards, committees

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is accepting recommendations for persons to serve on the state denomination’s standing committees, on the boards of trustees of the convention’s institutions, and on the SCBC Executive Board. Deadlines for receiving recommendations are July 6 for Executive Board and trustees, and July 13 for committees. The forms for recommending individuals can be downloaded and […]

Courier wins top magazine honors, writing awards

The Baptist Courier garnered five prizes recently from the South Carolina Press Association. The awards, which recognized work published in 2016, were announced March 18 in Columbia. The Courier’s June issue, with a cover story on Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney and other articles related to Father’s Day, took top honors in the […]