Baptist theologian Luke Stamps to join AU faculty in the fall

Luke Stamps, a widely published Baptist theologian, will join the faculty of Anderson University this fall. Stamps has served since 2012 as assistant professor of Christian studies at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif. A native of Alabama, he is a graduate of Auburn University and earned his master of divinity and doctor of philosophy […]

Longtime pastor Dick Lincoln retires after 38 years at Shandon

Dick Lincoln, pastor of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia since 1978, retired in March. During his 38-year tenure, Shandon’s membership grew from 750 to around 7,000, and attendance grew to around 2,200. In 1996, the church moved from the Shandon neighborhood to its current location on Forest Drive. Lincoln served as president of the South […]

S.C. Baptist Convention to offer ‘voluntary early retirement incentive’ to some employees

An undisclosed number of full-time employees of the South Carolina Baptist Convention may elect to accept a voluntary early retirement incentive in the coming months, according to an April 26 news release from SCBC executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth. In a meeting Wednesday in the Baptist building in Columbia, Hollingsworth told eligible employees that the plan will “become effective” June 30. Some […]

Retiring Columbia Metro Association DOM Bill Dieckmann honored

Writer: Karen Hulvey, Columbia Metro Baptist Association By formal proclamation of the mayor, March 24 was William P. Dieckmann Day in the city of Columbia. It was the day Columbia Metro Baptist Association celebrated Dieckmann’s retirement after 40 years of ministry, including 28 years at the association, the last 13 years as director of missions. The day […]

SCBC president visits Charleston Southern University

South Carolina Baptist Convention president Keith Shorter was 229 miles from his family’s home in Easley, but he was feeling right at home at Charleston Southern University. “Four weeks ago, my granddaughter was born right across the street here,” said Shorter, pointing toward the Trident Medical Center. Shorter’s daughter and son-in-law recently celebrated the birth […]

SCBC accepting recommendations for boards, committees

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is accepting recommendations for persons to serve on the state denomination’s standing committees, on the boards of trustees of the convention’s institutions, and on the SCBC Executive Board. Deadlines for receiving recommendations are July 6 for Executive Board and trustees, and July 13 for committees. The forms for recommending individuals can be downloaded and […]

Upstate event for deaf community designed to build relationships, share gospel

Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors will host a weekend event July 14-16 for the state’s deaf community (including parents, families, volunteers, and interested churches). The event will include entertainment, food, games, and prizes and will communicate the gospel to a people group in which the North American Mission Board suggests only .0009 percent attend […]