Anderson University takes over ‘Preaching’ and ‘Youthworker’ magazines

Anderson University has obtained Preaching magazine and Youthworker journal from previous owner Salem Media Group and will carry on publication of the two long-established print publications for ministry leaders. In addition to publishing the two quarterly magazines, Anderson University will also develop new websites to operate in conjunction with the print publications. The websites previously […]

With CP support faltering, SCBC offers early retirement incentive

An early retirement incentive recently offered to 33 employees of the South Carolina Baptist Convention does not reflect immediate serious financial difficulties for the state denomination, even though Cooperative Program support from churches has tumbled over the past decade and shows few signs of rebounding. SCBC executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth told The Courier there is […]

Chris Holliday is new Courier business manager

Chris Holliday, 54, an accountant with more than 30 years of experience as a small business owner, has been named business manager for The Baptist Courier. He began his duties May 1 working alongside Debbie Grooms, who will retire as business manager on June 29. A 1984 graduate of Central Wesleyan College (now Southern Wesleyan […]

Gene Fant begins duties as North Greenville University president

North Greenville University’s new president, Gene Fant Jr., hit the ground running as he officially began his service on June 1 — not on campus, but in New York City. First, he met with George Russ, executive director of the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association, before heading to serve as a delegate at the Higher Ed Leaders […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]