Journey Church calls Chris Fowler as lead pastor

Chris Fowler is the new lead pastor of Journey Church in Summerville. He attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed a church planting residency at Brentwood (Tenn.) Baptist Church. Fowler previously served as a teaching pastor and mission multiplication pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Ga. He and his wife, Jana, have four children. […]

Campobello pastor Henry Johnson retires after 62 years of ministry

Henry Johnson recently retired as pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Campobello after serving 12 years there. He spent 62 years in pastoral ministry, having also served the following South Carolina churches: Moore First; Sandy Springs, Chesnee; West Springs, Union; Apalache, Greer; and Grace, Spartanburg. He is a graduate of North Greenville Junior College, Furman […]

Outside the Walls: Engage the Enemy

“I don’t need a ride. I need more ammunition.” With these words, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy turned down the offer by the United States government to be evacuated from his country in the initial days of a Russian invasion. Rather than retreat to a life of comfort and safety, he chose to risk his life […]

3 Firsts for S.C. Native Daniel Dickard

Daniel Dickard is experiencing three firsts in his life. He will be nominated as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors Conference just prior to the annual SBC meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Jordan Easley, pastor of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tenn., will make the nomination. Dickard told The Courier, “My vision for the SBC […]

Courier wins 10 South Carolina Press Association awards

In the 2021 South Carolina Press Association’s publishing contest, The Courier won 10 awards, the most in its history. Competing in the Associate and Individual Division, The Courier won four first place, four second place and two third place awards. Editor Rudy Gray stated, “We have a great team of Christians here who are skilled in […]

Ed Byus: Man on a Mission

Ed Byus is a man on a mission. After spending 20 years in military service as a helicopter pilot and liaison officer, he has now committed himself to a different mission called Tactical Evangelism. Byus made a profession of faith when he was 10, but he never had “life in Christ.” His “born-again” moment, as […]

Obituary: Dan Sipe

John Daniel “Dan” Sipe, 77, of York, died Jan. 28, 2022. He was a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a full-time pastor in South Carolina and North Carolina and later served as a bivocational pastor for churches. His home church is Clover First Baptist. Survivors include two children and […]

Obituary: Will Manley Jr.

Wilford Clinton Manley Jr. “Will,” 87, of Beaufort, died Dec. 15, 2021. He grew up in Fort Meade, Fla., and went on to serve in the U.S. Marines and Navy. He was a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and served as pastor and as a chaplain. During the last 20 years, he and his […]

Obituary: Bobby Byrd

Robert Edward “Bobby” Byrd, 70, of Florence, died Feb. 20, 2022, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence. A native of Mullins, he was a graduate of Charleston Southern University and Andersonville Seminary. He was a U.S. Army veteran who was serving as pastor of Brownsville Baptist Church, Blenheim, before his retirement for medical reasons. Prior […]