African-American denomination partners with Anderson University divinity school

The Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina has voted to establish a formal partnership with Clamp Divinity School at Anderson University. Clamp Divinity School will be the designated center for graduate theological education for the 1,100 predominantly African-American churches of the BEMCSC. Anderson University is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. “[This] […]

Courier Readers Share Perspectives on Sunday School

Whatever you call it — Sunday school, life groups, Bible study, or a name unique to your own congregation — the gathering together of people in small groups is central to the process of producing mature and effective disciples of Christ. “Unfortunately, I never attended Sunday school much growing up,” says Brandon Martin of First […]

Whatever Happened to Sunday School?

From the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, Southern Baptists lived on the cutting edge of church growth, primarily by growing strong and evangelistic Sunday schools. Today we are viewed as a denomination in decline, with decreases in baptisms, worship attendance, church membership and Sunday school attendance spanning at least eight years. If Sunday school was the […]

Spartanburg DOM Jim Goodroe announces his retirement

Jim Goodroe, director of missions for Spartanburg County Baptist Network since 2000, will retire Feb. 28. He formerly pastored Camden and Sumter First Baptist churches. He was a Baptist Courier trustee for five years and served as chairman. He preached the state convention sermon in 2005 and was parliamentarian three other years. Under his leadership, […]

South Carolina students earn seminary degrees

Students with ties to South Carolina graduated from Southern, Southeastern, and New Orleans Baptist theological seminaries in December. Southern Seminary Gregory Scott Redd of Gilbert, Jared Andrew Skinner of Moore, and Adam Traylor Work of Marion (master of divinity); Jeffrey Scott Mitchell of Blythewood (master of theology); Jennifer Lynn Mitchell of Blythewood (master of arts […]

NGU bids farewell to two longtime English professors

North Greenville University announced the retirement of two longtime English professors — Cathy Sepko and Julia Drummond — at the end of the fall 2016 semester. Sepko, who has served as a professor of English at NGU since 1996, served as the keynote speaker for the fall commencement Dec. 9. She has held various faculty […]

Retiring professor tells NGU grads to learn from past, look to future

Retiring English professor Cathy Sepko told the approximately 180 members of North Greenville University’s 2016 December graduating class on Dec. 9 that, no matter how bleak their past has been, they should learn from it and look to the future. Sepko, known by her students as a storyteller, explained to the graduates just why she […]

Repent & be saved, ‘Emanuel 9’ families urge Roof

Convicted murderer Dylann Roof should repent of the massacre of nine people he killed at Mother Emanuel church, the victims’ survivors said after a jury recommended the death penalty Jan. 10. “Judgment day is coming sooner for him than what he expected,” Denise Quarles, daughter of massacre victim Myra Thompson, said on ABC News after […]

SCBC Executive Board concludes year with restructuring, reports, election of 2017 officers

In 2017, the South Carolina Baptist Convention Executive Board committees will be organized in a way that provides seamless work with the state convention staff toward accomplishing the priorities of evangelism, missions mobilization, church revitalization, and church planting. Approval of the reorganization came at the board’s Dec. 8 meeting in Columbia. The new organization alongside […]

New South Carolina Baptist history book slated for 2020 publication

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has engaged Josh Powell, a Lexington pastor, to write a new history of the state denomination, with an expected release date close to the convention’s 200th anniversary in 2020. The convention’s history committee is overseeing the three-year project. Michael Bryant, executive vice president of Charleston Southern University and chair of the SCBC […]