Officers chosen for 2016 S.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference

Mike Runion (left), pastor of City View First Baptist Church of Greenville, was elected president of the 2016 South Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference Nov. 10 at Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg. Runion served as vice president of the Pastors’ Conference in 2015. Schuyler Peterson (center), pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg, was elected treasurer. […]

Kelly announces Committee on Committees members

South Carolina Baptist Convention president Tommy Kelly has announced his appointees to the 2016 Committee on Committees, who will consider and present for approval nominees to the convention’s standing committees at the 2016 SCBC annual meeting: Jimmie Davis (Spartanburg First Baptist) Rod Elliott (Kellytown Baptist, Hartsville) Jason Burley (Covenant Church, Lancaster) Herman Kiesler (Barnwell First […]

When a Shoebox Contains Eternity

When Izabella McMillon was a young child in Communist Romania, a pastor in a secret church she attended told her one day God was going to do something big with her, but for the moment she needed to be quiet. Today McMillon lives in the U.S. and works for Operation Christmas Child, which provides gifts […]

Augusta Heights Baptist Church dismissed from Greenville Association after pastor performs same-sex marriage

Updated Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. Editor’s note: Messengers to the 2015 annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Nov. 10 approved a motion from the SCBC Executive Board that Augusta Heights Baptist Church “be disaffiliated from the South Carolina Baptist Convention.” Greenville Baptist Association messengers voted unanimously Oct. 22 to dismiss Augusta Heights Baptist […]

Rosewood Church at ‘epicenter’ of flood relief

On Sunday morning, Oct. 4, Rosewood Baptist Church pastor Bob Morgan and a few lay leaders met to check the church building following overnight flooding. Morning services were cancelled, and the group tended to minor leaks and reinforced other areas before leaving the church property. Then Morgan’s phone rang. Across town, by the Broad River, […]

NGU panel to address preaching in contemporary culture

A Nov. 12 panel discussion at North Greenville University will explore “Evangelical Preaching in Contemporary Culture.” The event will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the university’s Craft/Hemphill Building. Panelists will include Marcus Buckley, pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Greer; Rudy Gray, editor of The Baptist Courier; Paul Jimenez, pastor of Taylors First […]

Courier editor’s new book will be free at SCBC annual meeting

Baptist Courier editor Rudy Gray will be giving away signed copies of his latest book, “You Can Live Until You Die,” at the upcoming annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Gray says some people stop living long before they die, while others embrace every moment of life until their dying breath. In “You […]

South Carolina Baptists to gather in Spartanburg for 195th annual meeting

When South Carolina Baptists gather for their annual meeting Nov. 10-11 at Spartanburg First Baptist Church, they will choose  a president and — for the first time — a president-elect. Meeting under this year’s banner, “Tell the Story,” messengers will consider a $28.6 million budget and hear reports from the state convention’s committees and ministry […]