Upstate pastor Carroll Caldwell receives Order of the Palmetto

Carroll Caldwell was recently honored by Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church in Union on his acceptance of the Order of the Palmetto award, the highest civilian recognition given in South Carolina. The award was presented by Shane Martin during the Sunday evening service on Feb. 26. Caldwell has served as pastor at Padgett’s Creek for 17 […]

‘IMPACT’ speakers focus on ‘grit’ in ministry

More than 700 leaders from South Carolina Baptist churches and ministries met Feb. 23 at Church at The Mill in Moore for IMPACT 2023. Each session, speaker’s message, and worship song of the one-day event addressed the reality that many of today’s ministry leaders face hurt or are searching for answers to mounting problems and […]

First Person: Complementarianism, Confessionalism and Cooperation in the SBC

Southern Baptists are overwhelmingly a complementarian convention of churches. This means we are committed to biblical teachings about distinct-yet-complementary gender roles for men and women, as well as the principle of male leadership in the family and the church. As the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 says concerning the latter, “While both men and women […]

Liberty University names Dondi Costin next president

Trustees for Liberty University announced in a press release March 31 the appointment of retired Maj. Gen. Dondi E. Costin, Ph.D., as its next president and Jonathan Falwell as chancellor. Both will assume their duties ahead of the 2023-24 school year, trustees announced at their spring meeting. Dondi Costin Costin, who earned two of his […]

Blalock gives details on ARITF work

Marshall Blalock says it was a long process to recommend Guidepost Solutions to the SBC Credentials Committee as the firm that would establish and maintain a “Ministry Check” website database for those credibly accused of sexual abuse. Blalock, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Charleston, S.C., is the chair of the SBC Abuse Reform […]

Grace and Truth: Greetings and What We’re Up to Here

Hello, brothers and sisters of the Palmetto State: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I am profoundly grateful for the privilege of being elected — called by our great God — to serve you as editor of the historic Baptist Courier. It warms my heart to look […]

Google search leads N.Y. teen to Mullins First for baptism

How far would you go to be baptized? Down the street? Across town? To a neighboring county? To a local lake or river? A teenager from Orchard Park, N.Y., a few miles southeast of Buffalo, recently traveled with his father to Mullins, S.C. — a trip of more than 700 miles — to be baptized […]