Exec. Board hears reports on budget, annual meeting, ‘Advance’ initiative

Meeting April 24 at the South Carolina Baptist Convention building in Columbia, the SCBC Executive Board heard a report on the pending sale of White Oak Conference Center (see related story) and conducted other business. Board members met that morning in subcommittees and then convened for further business and reporting during the afternoon session.  The […]

CSU to host Christian professionals workshop

Charleston Southern University will host Upward Call: Christian Professionals Workshop, Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. until noon in the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership. Shawn Sommerkamp, a motivational speaker and an ICF certified executive coach, will present “Three Keys to Dynamic Career Growth.” The workshop will focus on exploring the dimensions of dynamic career […]

Air Force chief of chaplains to be next CSU president

Dondi E. Costin, who currently serves as U.S. Air Force chief of chaplains, has been named the third president of Charleston Southern University. This summer, Costin will succeed Jairy C. Hunter Jr., who will transition to the position of president emeritus on June 1 after serving as CSU president for 34 years. Costin, who was […]

Courier wins S.C. Press Association awards

The Baptist Courier garnered seven prizes recently from the South Carolina Press Association. The awards, which recognized work published in 2017, were announced March 17 in Columbia. Competing in the SCPA’s Associate and Individual Division, The Courier won the following awards: Editorial Writing (first place) for Spartanburg physician Robert Jackson’s guest op/ed piece, “Hard Choices,” […]

New vice president for advancement named at NGU

Martin L. O’Gwynn, vice president for community and corporate engagement at Oklahoma City University, has been named North Greenville University’s new vice president for advancement. O’Gwynn, who begins his role May 1, brings more than 30 years of experience in the field. “We are humbled by God’s providence in leading us to invite Mr. O’Gwynn […]

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 2 for the Executive Board and for trustees, and July 6 for committees. Recommendation forms can be accessed at […]

Ben Davis named chairman of SCDOT Commission

Ben Davis, retired president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, has been named chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission. His previous public service, before joining the Connie Maxwell staff in 1993, included 12 years as mayor of Fountain Inn and three years on the city council. Davis also serves as chairman of The […]

Martha Franks residents answer phones at Billy Graham Call Center

Ever wondered who answers the phone when you dial the number at the bottom of the screen after a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association television broadcast? It could be a volunteer who lives at Martha Franks Retirement Community in Laurens. Martha Franks is one of two South Carolina Baptist-affiliated retirement centers. The other, Bethea Retirement Community, […]

Retired NGU administrator donates his personal collection of books on prayer

A retired North Greenville University administrator recently donated his extensive collection of books on the subject of prayer to the school. The donor, Charles “Buddy” Freeman, was honored at a dedication ceremony Nov. 28. Freeman, from Conover, N.C., came to North Greenville University in 1997 as executive director for admissions and financial planning. Under his […]

Connie Maxwell employee receives award from state association

Becky Butler, a longtime employee of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, was presented the Palmetto Association for Children and Families Distinguished Service Award during the association’s 2018 annual conference Feb. 28 in Myrtle Beach. “Becky is truly a woman of inspiration — from her early days advocating for the rights and best interests of children, through […]