In ‘Sleepwalk Jones,’ home is worth the journey

Artist and children’s author Cherry Smith has released her second book, and this one is especially close to her heart. “Sleepwalk Jones” (Courier Publishing, 34 pages) is the story of a young boy who must make his way home through some dark and scary woods, and he finds encouragement and wisdom in a kindly old […]

Browns celebrate 50 years of marriage and ministry

Wayne and Joy Brown began what is now 50 years of marriage and ministry on Aug. 16, 1969. The couple met in high school and began dating each other when they were students at Limestone College in Gaffney. They were married at First Baptist Church in Blacksburg, where Wayne had made his profession of faith, […]

Disaster Relief Preparing for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is here, and South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief teams from across the state are preparing to respond when and if they are needed. “Near the end of each summer, we gather as many of our unit leaders (blue hats) as possible for a day of training, debriefing, and discussion of what we may […]

Washington Baptist in Greer turns 200

The congregation of Washington Baptist Church in Greer will celebrate its 200th anniversary Oct. 27. Washington Baptist was constituted in October 1819 and joined Broad River Baptist Association. Isaac Lamance served as its first pastor for 19 years. During his tenure, the congregation grew to about 150 members and a log building was constructed in […]

Former Columbia minister called as pastor of Johnson Ferry

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., unanimously approved North Carolina pastor Clay Smith Aug. 4 to occupy the pulpit previously filled by former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright. Smith currently serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Matthews, N.C. He previously was minister of adults at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, from […]

Camp McCall: Celebrating 60 Years of God’s Blessings

In a worship service held July 27 in its mountaintop chapel, more than 525 staffers, former staffers, friends of Camp McCall and their families celebrated 60 years of God’s blessings upon the South Carolina Baptist camp.  Keynote speakers shared how attending the camp near Sunset as a boy or having served as a camp counselor […]

Home Works: Assignments Students (and Adults) Actually Want to Do

Most teenagers likely prefer not having homework. These students, however, actually volunteered to do it during the summer — and they liked it!  Many even said they’d do it again, particularly if the assignment was for Home Works, a nonprofit, Christ-centered construction ministry based in Columbia, that provides free home repairs for elderly, disabled, and […]

Rosalie Hall Hunt leading girls & boys to gain ‘world hearts’ 

For these Girls in Action, learning about global missions from GA leader Rosalie Hall Hunt is a definite perk; in fact, she literally wrote the book on the history of Woman’s Missionary Union. Rosalie and her husband, Bob, are retired Southern Baptist missionaries now living in Guntersville, Ala., having served 30 years in China, Taiwan, […]

How Churches Can Pray for Schools

When South Carolina schools dropped on the Nation’s Report Card from 39th to 47th place in literacy, the South Carolina Baptist Convention realized something must change. A major indicator of a child’s success in life is the ability to read on their grade level by the time they complete third grade. Recognizing this, the state […]

Mt. Zion sends 60 dresses to Ethiopia

The women of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pamplico have created and sewed 60 dresses for distribution in Ethiopia. Spearheaded by WMU Director Joyce Poston, the project was named “Elsa’s Project” in honor of a girl in an orphanage in Addis Ababa. When Elsa received a dress several months ago, she commented, “I love my […]