South Carolina Baptist Convention leaders agree it’s time to remove the flag

Tommy Kelly, president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and Richard Harris, interim executive director-treasurer, have released a statement supporting Gov. Nikki Haley’s request to remove the Confederate flag from the state house grounds: “Believing God created all men and women in His image, racism of any form is repulsive and contrary to our Christian […]

Charleston Southern creates Singleton Memorial Fund

Charleston Southern University has created the Singleton Memorial Fund in memory of Chris Singleton’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. Ms. Singleton was one of the nine individuals killed June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Chris is a rising sophomore at Charleston Southern and a member of the Buccaneer Baseball team. Funds will be used to […]

NASA chief challenges, inspires commencement crowd at Anderson University

Before a crowd in excess of 6,000 on a picture-perfect morning, NASA administrator, South Carolina native, and veteran astronaut Major Gen. Charles Bolden challenged a record number of Anderson University graduates at May 2 commencement exercises to dream bold. Bolden recalled his days growing up in a segregated South Carolina and how limited opportunities were for African […]

Viewpoint: Forgotten Former Seminarians

“Don’t be a ‘dropout.’” As a young aspiring minister-in-training, I remember hearing this caution frequently — and annoyingly — as I packed my belongings and headed to seminary. “Many seminarians are not even in full-time ministry anymore after 10 years,” I was warned. “Don’t be like them.” For me, the warning functioned almost as a […]

Class of 2015 prepared for life after CSU

Charleston Southern University’s Class of 2015 graduated May 9 at the North Charleston Coliseum, the culminating event in the university’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. Approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees at the ceremony. Student Government Association president and Class of 2015 graduate Dylan Gunnels addressed his classmates, saying, “You will never experience undying […]

SCBC interim exec. director Harris addresses ‘elite’ NGU grads; deceased ministry student remembered

North Greenville University held its spring commencement ceremony in perfect weather in Melvin and Dollie Younts Football Stadium on May 7. More than 4,000 spectators watched approximately 300 undergraduates and graduates receive their diplomas. South Carolina Baptist Convention interim executive director-treasurer Richard Harris was the keynote speaker. “You graduates are a very elite group. This is […]

Bethea Baptist Retirement Community opens aquatic center

Bethea Baptist Retirement Community opened a new aquatic center May 1 with a dedication service in the Sidney Sutton Chapel. Built with funds raised by residents, staff and friends of Bethea, the indoor pool and spa will be part of the first such facility for a retirement community in the Pee Dee area. The aquatic center will […]

Annie Eveleigh named director of advancement at SCBMA

Annie K. Eveleigh has joined the staff of South Carolina Baptist Ministries for the Aging as director of advancement. She comes to SCBMA with almost 20 years of experience in nonprofit fund development. She is a native of Columbia and a graduate of Columbia College. She and her husband, Francis, are members of First Baptist […]