Former Easley minister arrested on child pornography charges

Owen Robertson, former minister of education at Easley First Baptist Church, was arrested Dec. 15 after investigators found pornographic images of children on his computer. Robertson, 53, was charged with nine counts of third-degree exploitation of a child. He served for “a number of years” with the church until March of this year, said Milton […]

Obituary: Fred Lister

J. Fred Lister, 90, of Columbia, died Sept. 24, 2017, after a long illness. Born in Piedmont, he was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked with the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina for 27 years and served as president for 16 […]

Obituary: Dan Ray

Dan A. Ray, of Greer, died Nov. 11, 2017. His service in pastoral ministry spanned more than 60 years and included churches in Arizona, California and two in South Carolina — Sylvia Circle Baptist Church, Rock Hill, and Bethel Baptist Church, Greenville. He served as director of missions for Beaverdam Baptist Association and director of […]

Obituary: Mary Zedick

Mary Pridgen Zedick, of Durham, N.C., wife of the late pastor Frank Zedick, died Nov. 12, 2017. She was a gifted vocalist, performing in church music ministries and other venues. She served in positions of ministry along with her husband at Baptist churches in North and South Carolina, including Durbin Creek and Bethany in Fountain […]

Obituary: Jean Belcher

Jean Orr Belcher, 86, of Rock Hill, and wife of the late pastor Posey Belcher Jr., died Nov. 13, 2017. A native of Inman, she was a graduate of Furman University and a retired school teacher. She served alongside her husband at Barnwell First Baptist Church and Walterboro First Baptist Church. She was also a […]

S.C. students among graduates of Southeastern Seminary

South Carolina students recently received degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., including: M.A. in Christian studies Jonathan Lawrence Merkling of Charleston M.Div. with Christian ministry Sarah Bartley of Fountain Inn Morgan Wallace Byrd of Myrtle Beach Jeremy Charles Dickerson of Elgin Grigory Kadoshnikov of Inman Aaron Douglass Markham of Greenville D.Min. […]

Obituary: Sid Buckley

Sidney L. Buckley, 81, of Easley, died Dec. 1, 2017, at his home. Born in Columbia, Miss., he was a graduate of Pearl River Junior College, William Carey College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Florida State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in vocal performance. He served on the music faculties of Furman University, […]

Lexington Church prayer ministry supports expectant mothers

It was Tiffany Sobjak’s first pregnancy, and the unknowns made her nervous. She joined the Cradle Care ministry at Lexington Baptist Church, which meant she had a team of women praying for her and her unborn baby, along with a mentor who stayed in contact with her throughout the pregnancy. The support was especially meaningful […]