Greenwood congregation embraces Boston church planters

Few churches can say they have helped renovate the oldest building in one of the most historic parts of Boston. During the 1775 Revolutionary War battle of Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Mass., the VFW building now used as a church meeting place was a private residence. “We believe we saved Celebration Church about $250,000 in […]

Church planter Craig Tuck to lead Charleston Baptist Association

Craig Tuck, a church planter who most recently pastored Centerpoint Church in Charleston, has been named director of missions for Charleston Baptist Association. Tuck received the unanimous endorsement of the association’s executive committee Feb. 21 and succeeds interim DOM Skip Owens. Tuck said he is grateful to “share in leading” the churches of the association […]

North Greenville University opens Greer campus

With a snip of the ceremonial scissors, North Greenville University interim president Randall J. Pannell, T. Walter Brashier, Craig McCoy of Bon Secours/St. Francis Hospital, and City of Greer mayor Rick Danner marked the official opening of the school’s new Greer campus. The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 16. The […]

Candlelight tour highlights Connie Maxwell’s 125th anniversary

Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood will hold nighttime candlelight walking tours of the campus March 17 and 18 as part of the 125th anniversary celebration of the institution’s founding. The walking tours will allow visitors a peek into life at the children’s home and will include six reenactments from Connie Maxwell’s history. The tours will […]

North Greenville event trains spotlight on Martin Luther

In this 500th-anniversary year of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, a Baptist seminary professor will deliver a lecture on Martin Luther April 11 at North Greenville University. Open to the public and starting at 7 p.m. at the Hayes Ministry Center, the free event will feature Jason Duesing, academic provost and professor of historical […]

Obituary: Donald Herbert Stephens

Donald Herbert Stephens, 85, of Simpsonville, died Jan. 28, 2017. Born in Liberty, he served as pastor of Kentland Park Baptist Church in Greenville, Lowndesville First Baptist Church, Reidville First Baptist Church and Durbin Creek Baptist Church. He served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Tennessee Temple University […]

Obituary: Frank Keels

Francis “Frank” Craig Keels, 65, of Greer, died Nov. 5, 2016. A native of Pinewood, he served the following Baptist churches in South Carolina: Spears Creek in Columbia, Ashley Heights in North Charleston, Hopewell in Parkers Ferry, Cheraw Baptist, Clearview in Charleston, Westside in Greenwood, Rosewood in Columbia, and Abner Creek in Greer. His international […]

Obituary: Foster T. Givins

Foster Thomas Givins, 89, of Spartanburg, a retired Baptist minister of more than 50 years, died Feb. 10, 2017. Born May 30, 1927, in Avondale, N.C., he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and attended Mars Hill College and Dan Greer Bible College. He previously served as assistant pastor at Oak Grove […]

Obituary: Jerry Brittingham

Jerry L. Brittingham, 74, died Feb. 1, 2017, in Lawrenceville, Ga. Retiring in 2006, he last served as pastor of Eason Memorial Baptist Church in Eastover and was predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline. Survivors include two daughters and five grandchildren.

State CP giving misses mark in 2016

The South Carolina Baptist Convention finished the 2016 budget year $937,414 short of budgeted Cooperative Program receipts of $28.5 million. CP giving from convention churches totaled $27,562,585, or 3.39 percent below budgeted needs, according to figures provided by Pam Carroll, SCBC chief financial officer. The 2016 CP budget included an allocation of $11,300,660 to the […]