Obituary: Tom Brannon

Thomas J. Brannon, 83, of West Columbia, died Nov. 26, 2021, after a period of declining health. A native of Greer, he made a commitment to full-time Christian service while in high school. He was a graduate of North Greenville Junior College and Furman University, and attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. While in college, he […]

Obituary: Pat Baughman

Patrick Lee Baughman, 86, of Columbia, died Aug. 4, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. A native of Columbia, he was a graduate of The Citadel and served in the Army. A successful businessman, he was actively involved in civic and denominational organizations, including the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention, and […]

Southern Baptists establish relief sites, begin serving storm survivors

Southern Baptists have set up six disaster relief sites across the South since a Dec. 10-11 storm front spawned multiple tornadoes throughout the region. With four sites in Kentucky, two in Arkansas, one in Missouri and local responses taking place in Tennessee, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts are underway to help survivors in the storm […]

Lake Murray church sets LMCO record with year-round giving

This year, Lake Murray Baptist Church took up the largest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in its 40-year history. The key words there are “this year” — that is, all 12 months. Lead pastor David Sons said the church’s renewed emphasis on missions giving all year long is what made the difference. The largest Lottie offering […]

First CSU doctoral candidates graduating Saturday

Twenty-three professionals from a variety of disciplines will receive their doctoral degree and hood this weekend — the first to graduate from Charleston Southern University’s inaugural doctoral program. The Doctor of Education (EdD) in leadership began in January 2019. The 60-hour program offers courses in traditional on-campus and hybrid formats and is designed to provide […]

Lancaster pastor, music director record Christmas album

Rhett and Tracey Wilson of Lancaster recently released a new Christmas album called “Ring Those Bells.” Recorded at the Daywind Studios in Hendersonville, Tenn., the album features old Christmas favorites, such as “White Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” and “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” as well as some new ones, like “Circle of Love” and “Joseph.” This […]

Legacy Moments show significance of state convention

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. In a series of Legacy Moment videos at this year’s annual meeting, South Carolina Baptist leaders highlighted how from 1821 to 2021, the state convention has made a great impact on not only the state, but the entire nation. The legacy of the […]

Obituary: Ralph Riley

Ralph William Riley, 89, of Fort Mill, died Nov. 4, 2021. A native of Lowell, N.C., he attended Mars Hill College and was a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. During his almost 65 years of ministry, he served in a variety of capacities in Georgia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, including Remount Baptist […]

Obituary: Alvin O’Shields

Alvin B. O’Shields, 90, of Greer, died Oct. 19, 2021. Born in Pickens County, he served pastorates in both North and South Carolina. In his later years of ministry, he served as director of missions for Spartanburg County Baptist Association. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death […]