SCBC welcomes resolutions and Christian service award nominations

Resolutions to be considered during this year’s annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Nov. 15-16 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Columbia are due Oct. 15. Submissions should include the name, address, and email (if available) of the person making the resolution along with daytime and cell phone numbers. Also, nominations for the […]

Christian leader Thomas Haggai to speak at Courier event

Thomas Haggai, a renowned motivational speaker, former Southern Baptist pastor and a business executive, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Friends of The Courier banquet, to be held Sept. 15 at the Poinsett Club in Greenville. The event will include dinner, music, a brief report about The Courier and an address by Haggai. […]

S.C. college presidents oppose Calif. bill that would threaten religious freedom on campus

Two Baptist university presidents in South Carolina were among scores of college and seminary presidents and religious leaders who signed a letter opposing a California bill that would undercut religious liberty at faith-based colleges. Evans Whitaker, president of Anderson University, and Jairy Hunter, president of Charleston Southern University, signed the letter, which was written by Russell […]

Charleston, A Year Later

On June 17, 2015, a 21-year-old white man sat for an hour with 14 African-American worshipers in a Wednesday-night Bible study at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church. Suddenly, he pulled out a .45 caliber semi-automatic weapon and began firing. Only five people survived the brutal massacre. The forgiveness that flowed from many of the families’ […]

Memphis pastor joins AU faculty in pastoral ministry

James Noble, pastor of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., will join the Anderson University faculty as assistant professor of pastoral ministry. Noble currently serves as vice president and a member of the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. In addition to his pastoral ministry roles, he also served as a leadership strategist […]

Obituary: Joye Terry

Joye Mears Terry, 53, the wife of Wayne Terry, associate executive director of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, died June 1, 2016, at her home in Lexington after a 16-year battle with breast cancer. Born July 27, 1962 in Greenwood, S.C., she graduated from Wardlaw Academy in 1980, Anderson University in 1982 and Winthrop University […]

Harris encourages NGU grads ‘not to settle’

North Greenville University held its spring commencement ceremony on a cool spring morning in Melvin and Dollie Younts Stadium on Thursday, May 5. A crowd of over 4,000 spectators watched a graduating class of 331 undergraduates and graduates receive their diplomas. Mark Harris, executive worship pastor and artist in residence at Gateway Church in Dallas/Fort […]

Charleston Southern names Marcus Bryant diversity officer

Marcus Bryant has been named the diversity officer for Charleston Southern University. He will continue in his duties as director of operations for the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership. Bryant has been on the staff at CSU since 2014. In his new duties, Bryant will serve as the university’s diversity representative and will serve in […]

Carolyn Rainey joins Courier staff as circulation manager

Carolyn Rainey has joined the staff of The Baptist Courier as circulation manager. She will maintain church and individual subscription accounts and can be reached at 864-232-8736, extension 16. A Greenville native, Rainey previously served on the Courier staff in the 1970s and 1980s. She retired from Canal Insurance after 23 years of employment. She […]

Retired missionary publishes first novel

Jean Phillips has released her seventh book but first novel, “Light in the Darkness,” a story of how the light of Jesus dispels spiritual darkness in a rural district in Zimbabwe. Phillips and her late husband, Gene, served for more than 40 years as Southern Baptist missionaries in Zimbabwe and other southern African countries. She […]