Meet the New SCBC President

Albert Allen, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Newberry, is the new president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He has served as a pastor, missionary, chair of the SCBC Executive Board, and president-elect of the convention. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1986 and practiced law until 1987 […]

S.C. Baptists adopt SATF recommendations, elect Columbia pastor

With “Wake Up!” as their theme, messengers to the annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention approved a report from their Sexual Abuse Task Force, honored their retiring executive, and elected a Columbia pastor as president-elect. Gathering at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo, Nov. 14-15, the 703 registered messengers also adopted a $26.5 […]

Outside the Walls: The Climb

“Who wants to climb Table Rock?” asked my 60-year-old grandfather while on a family camping trip. To a 10-year-old kid, climbing a mountain sounded like a good idea. I asked how long the hike would take. “It shouldn’t take more than an hour,” he said. That was about all the preparation we had before my […]

President’s Perspective: God’s Plan and God’s Power

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8). We’ve all been there — the point of confusion and desperation. Things have not gone according to our plans, and […]

Anderson University reaches highest enrollment in 111-year history

Anderson University’s enrollment for the 2022-2023 academic year stands at 4,117 students, the largest student body since welcoming its first class in 1911, solidifying Anderson’s status as the largest private university in South Carolina. The record mark continues a trend of enrollment growth at the university. Anderson also saw its highest number of freshmen and […]

Legislative Update: S.C. Senate votes to ‘insist’

More than 12O people, many carrying signs that simply read “recede,” gathered at the Statehouse in Columbia on Oct. 18 to encourage the Senate to pass the House version of the Human Life Protection Act (H5399). Since late August, the Senate and House have been passing H5399 back and forth, with neither chamber willing to […]

Second Laurens congregation celebrates 125 years of ministry

The congregation of Second Baptist Church of Laurens observed its 125th anniversary on Oct. 16. The church was first organized as Little River Baptist Church on Oct. 3, 1897. Its first meeting took place under a brush arbor on Holmes Street. The church’s name was changed to Laurens Second in 1899, when it also joined […]

Bray names 2023 SCBC Committee on Committees

In accordance with the South Carolina Baptist Convention Bylaws, convention president Wayne Bray has selected the 2023 Committee on Committees. The committee consists of at least one person from churches with 500 in worship or more, at least three from churches with 200 to 499 in worship; at least three from churches with fewer than […]

SCBC Pastors Conference features ‘Hope and Encouragement’ theme

This year’s Pastors Conference of the South Carolina Baptist Convention features the theme, “Hope and Encouragement,” when it meets on Monday, Nov. 14, at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo. A morning and afternoon session are planned, with four sermons and two encouragement messages. Gary Hollingsworth, executive director-treasurer of the SCBC, will open the meeting […]

SCBC Sexual Abuse Task Force chair shares insights into work

The South Carolina Baptist Sexual Abuse Task Force has completed nearly a year of research, prayer, and work. Their report, after approval from the Executive Board, will be presented at this year’s annual meeting Nov. 13-14 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo. The Courier sat down with D.J. Horton, lead pastor at Church at […]