Pressler, disgraced Conservative Resurgence strategist, dies

Paul Pressler, the Texas judge whose grassroots strategy redirected the Southern Baptist Convention, died June 7, 2024, in Houston, Texas, three days after his 94th birthday and less than six months after the settlement of a lawsuit alleging decades-long sexual assault by Pressler against multiple victims. For decades in the SBC, Pressler was venerated as […]

McMinn finishes the race of faith at 90

Delano McMinn, 90, went home to be with Jesus on March 31, 2024. McMinn was in his ninth year as a trustee of The Baptist Courier. McMinn was remembered for the way he poured his life out for Jesus. “He was a man dedicated to God.You could not have a conversation with him without him […]

Obituary: Phyllis Deaton

Phyllis Watts Deaton, 86, of Moore, died April 17, 2024, in Spartanburg, S.C. A native of Pageland, she was the devoted wife of the late Rev. Robert L. Deaton, and together they served five South Carolina Baptist congregations across the state. She later enjoyed serving South Carolina Baptist ministers as an employee of the Lifeway […]

Obituary: Jack Causey

Richard Wayne “Jack” Causey, 88, of Statesville, N.C., died Nov. 28, 2023. Born in Meridian, Miss., he was a graduate of Mississippi College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as associate minister in Greensboro, N.C., and later served as senior pastor at First Baptist Church, Gaffney, and Pendleton Street Baptist Church, Greenville. He was […]

Obituary: DeWitt Atkerson

Samuel DeWitt Atkerson, 80, of Camden, died Nov. 1, 2023. A native of Batesburg, he served as pastor of Washington Street Baptist Church, Winnsboro. Survivors include his wife, Helen Raynor Atkerson, three children and five grandchildren.

Obituary: Bob Barnes

Robert Carson “Bob” Barnes Jr., 92, of Irmo, died Nov. 10, 2023. A native of Birmingham, Ala., he was a graduate of Howard College (now Samford University) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ordained in 1952, he served churches in Alabama and Florida, and was pastor of Dutch Fork, Ballentine, for 15 years. Prior to his […]

Obituary: John Harold Breland

John Harold Breland, 92, of Columbia, died Dec. 1, 2023. A native of Philadelphia, Miss., he attended Baylor University and was a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and served as associate pastor at First Baptist Church, Charleston. He later served as director of music at Calvary and […]

Obituary: Billy Mew

Billy Lee Mew, 77, of Seneca, died Nov. 17, 2023. A native of Andrews, he grew up in the town of Blackville and was a member of Blackville First Baptist Church, where he was later ordained to the ministry. He graduated from Anderson College (now Anderson University), Baptist College at Charleston (now Charleston Southern University), […]

Obituary: Joe Frank Peek

Joe Frank Peek, 89, of Rock Hill, died Oct. 15, 2023. A native of Nashville, his family later moved to Knoxville, where he was called to ministry and ordained at his home church there. He was a graduate of Carson Newman College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served churches in Tennessee, North Carolina and […]