Robert Grant announces retirement from Baptist Foundation

Robert F. Grant Jr. has announced his retirement effective Aug. 31 after a ministry career spanning almost 50 years. Licensed to the ministry in 1969 and ordained in 1976, Grant served several churches before joining the South Carolina Baptist Convention staff in 1983. During his 31-year tenure with the convention, he served as director of […]

NGU president Gene Fant named 2018 Presidential Fellow

North Greenville University’s president Gene C. Fant Jr. was recently named a 2018 Presidential Fellow by the Acton Institute, a prominent think tank for faith, economics and community development. Founded in 1980, the Acton Institute explores the nexus between economic liberty and religious liberty.

On campus or in a storm-ravaged subdivision, the gospel changes lives

Although a variety of ministry activities spring to mind upon hearing the words “disaster relief” or “collegiate ministries,” a singular fidelity to sharing the gospel emanates from the core of two Baptist entities responsible for those particular mission fields in South Carolina. More than a humanitarian agency that assists victims of floods, storms and tornadoes, […]

Connie Maxwell offers free foster care training series

Connie Maxwell Children’s Home is presenting a series of foster care training sessions for families and caregivers working with children who have experienced trauma. Trauma Academy consists of four monthly “semesters,” to be held at both Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville and Connie Maxwell in Greenwood. The free training is slated to begin in […]

Anderson University to sponsor ‘The Call’ conference Sept. 8

For the second year in a row, Anderson University is scheduled to host a one-day conference for people who have been called to Christian ministry or are exploring such a call. The event, known as The Call, will be on Saturday, Sept. 8, running from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featured speakers include Clayton King, […]

AU celebrates successful season of Crossroads Summer Camp

Anderson University’s partnership with Clayton King Ministries and its Crossroads Summer Camp continued to bear fruit in 2018, with thousands of campers participating during its five-week run on campus. All told, 805 people made first-time decisions to follow Jesus during the camp, and 518 responded to a call to ministry.  “Every single summer, I tell […]

IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

Two “thorough, outside, independent” investigations have been initiated by International Mission Board president David Platt into the IMB’s handling of any past sexual abuse allegations and into its policies of zero tolerance for such abuse. Platt also stated a public apology to Anne Marie Miller, who has alleged sexual abuse by an individual who subsequently […]

Anderson University mourns death of former president Cordell Maddox

J. Cordell Maddox, who served as president of Anderson College (now Anderson University) from 1973 until 1977, died July 23. He was 86. Following his tenure at Anderson College, Maddox served as president of Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., for 22 years until he retired in 1999. Current Anderson University president Evans P. Whitaker […]

Barnwell First Baptist calls Bart Kelley as pastor

T. Bart Kelley has been called as pastor of Barnwell First Baptist Church. Most recently he was pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Oakway. Kelley, a former first vice president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has served on several SCBC committees and was a trustee at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Kelley and his wife, […]

Longtime pastor Jack Hames receives Order of the Palmetto

Jack Hames was presented the Order of the Palmetto May 13 at Inman Mills Baptist Church. In 62 years of pastoral service, Hames has delivered more than 10,000 sermons in six churches. The Order of the Palmetto recognizes a person’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the State of South Carolina.