S.C. Baptist leader deplores ‘unspeakable evil’ in Charleston church massacre

Richard Harris, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, released a statement today concerning the June 17 mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, which resulted in the deaths of nine people, including the church’s pastor, Clementa Pinckney. Below is Harris’ complete statement: The news of the tragic shooting in Charleston […]

Waccamaw Association calls Tommy Richardson as DOM

Tommy Richardson has been called as the new director of missions for Waccamaw Baptist Association. He previously served as senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Montmorenci. Richardson has served as a mission outpost strategist with the South Carolina Baptist Convention since 2012 and will continue in that role while serving as DOM at Waccamaw. He […]

July 1 healthcare deadline looms for some churches

Churches and ministries that reimburse their employees for individual health coverage may soon find themselves facing stiff penalties of up to $36,500 per employee, per year, under the federal healthcare law commonly known as Obamacare, as a grace period expires June 30. The penalties on employers who maintain employer payment plans were to begin in […]

President’s Perspective: Pass Along the Encouragement

I can remember the excitement I felt when I took my first pastorate almost a quarter-century ago. After serving as an associate minister of a large downtown church, I accepted a call to a rural church. When I started my tenure, I had many dreams and plans for this small congregation and the surrounding communities. […]

Heroes of the Eternal Kingdom

Leadership expert Peter Drucker once offered his opinion on the four toughest jobs in America, in no particular order. The first was not a surprise (president of the United States) and neither were the second or third (hospital administrator and university president). But number four was a surprise to many: pastor of a local church. […]

Laurens pastor wins award at Ridgecrest writers conference

Rhett Wilson (center), pastor of The Spring Church in Laurens, recently received the second place award for children’s literature for his children’s picture book idea “Praying with Daddy” at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Pictured with Wilson is Alton Gansky (right) and Edie Melson, directors of the conference in Ridgecrest, N.C. Gansky directs […]

NASA chief challenges, inspires commencement crowd at Anderson University

Before a crowd in excess of 6,000 on a picture-perfect morning, NASA administrator, South Carolina native, and veteran astronaut Major Gen. Charles Bolden challenged a record number of Anderson University graduates at May 2 commencement exercises to dream bold. Bolden recalled his days growing up in a segregated South Carolina and how limited opportunities were for African […]

Statewide day of prayer planned in S.C.

Evangelicals from across the state of South Carolina plan to gather at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center for a day of prayer and fasting called by Gov. Nikki Haley. The June 13 event, “The Response South Carolina: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis,” will mirror a similar emphasis on […]