Mount Moriah Baptist calls Michael Shafran as pastor

Michael Shafran is the new pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Piedmont. He holds degrees from Bob Jones University, Capital Bible Seminary and a D.Min. degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since 2010, he served Fort Howard Community Church in Maryland as senior pastor. He is married to Julie and they have four children ages […]

Covenant Baptist calls Tracey Wilson as minister of music and worship

Tracey Wilson has assumed the position of minister of music and worship at Covenant Baptist Church in Lancaster. Tracey, a Lancaster native, graduated from North Greenville University. Her husband, Rhett Wilson, after serving as a pastor for 18 years of three churches in Laurens County, is now senior writer with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association […]

Church membership drop, anxiety spotlight Gospel need 

As recent polls put U.S. church membership at an all-time low and anxiety at an all-time high, some Southern Baptist leaders say the numbers are a wake-up call to Christians’ deep need to take the Great Commission personally. A Gallup Poll published in mid-April found that around 50 percent of Americans self-reported as members of […]

Spring break missions experiences shape students’ hearts

Parker Foster, of Boiling Springs, was among the hundreds of South Carolina students whose hearts were shaped through participating on mission trips during their spring breaks. While the junior secondary math major at North Greenville University previously had been on five mission trips with her church, this was the first time she had been part […]

87-year-old pianist achieves dream of publishing song

For the past 15 years, Wynness Thomas has been homebound, battling daily pain from arthritis of the spine and Parkinson’s disease. But this former church pianist and choir member at Tilly Swamp Baptist Church hasn’t let her age or ailments rob her of her love of music. Thomas, 87, is now living out a dream […]

Six from SC chosen to serve on SBC boards, commission, seminaries & committees

Six South Carolinians were among the nominees to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, the four denominational boards, the six seminaries, and the Committee on Order of Business. Selected by the 2019 SBC Committee on Nominations to serve, if elected by the messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, June […]

S.C. bill: ‘Personhood begins at conception’

A “personhood” bill has been introduced in both the South Carolina Senate and House that would set the legal definition of human life as beginning at fertilization and extend constitutional protections to all unborn children. If passed, the legislation essentially bans all abortions, except in a case preventing the death of a pregnant person, and […]

SCBC names Cliff Marshall as church planting team leader

Cliff Marshall has been promoted to church planting team leader for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Marshall joined the SCBC in 2015 to work with church planting. He planted a church, Freedom Fellowship, in 2004, which has invested more than $100,000 in planting 14 other churches. Prior to that, he served in student ministry for 10 […]

Greear to be nominated for 2nd term as SBC president

North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear will be nominated for a second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Pennsylvania pastor K. Marshall Williams announced April 12. “In these troublesome and turbulent times, we need a pastor-preacher-prophet that will stand in the gap and lead with confident, consistent, convictional, Christo-centric, courageous courtesy,” Williams, pastor of […]

Hunt’s ‘Out of Exile’ tells inspiring story of WMU pioneer

Rosalie Hall Hunt, a chronicler of influential women who have shaped missions thinking and practice in America, has released her latest book, “Out of Exile: Fannie Heck & the Rest of the Story.” “Out of Exile” weaves together archival sources, personal letters and Heck’s own published words to tell the story of a young woman […]