IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

Two “thorough, outside, independent” investigations have been initiated by International Mission Board president David Platt into the IMB’s handling of any past sexual abuse allegations and into its policies of zero tolerance for such abuse. Platt also stated a public apology to Anne Marie Miller, who has alleged sexual abuse by an individual who subsequently […]

Anderson University mourns death of former president Cordell Maddox

J. Cordell Maddox, who served as president of Anderson College (now Anderson University) from 1973 until 1977, died July 23. He was 86. Following his tenure at Anderson College, Maddox served as president of Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., for 22 years until he retired in 1999. Current Anderson University president Evans P. Whitaker […]

Barnwell First Baptist calls Bart Kelley as pastor

T. Bart Kelley has been called as pastor of Barnwell First Baptist Church. Most recently he was pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Oakway. Kelley, a former first vice president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has served on several SCBC committees and was a trustee at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Kelley and his wife, […]

Longtime pastor Jack Hames receives Order of the Palmetto

Jack Hames was presented the Order of the Palmetto May 13 at Inman Mills Baptist Church. In 62 years of pastoral service, Hames has delivered more than 10,000 sermons in six churches. The Order of the Palmetto recognizes a person’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the State of South Carolina.

Laurens pastor James Hamilton to retire after 45 years of ministry

James K. Hamilton will retire from Bethel Baptist Church in Laurens on July 15, exactly 45 years after he began his pastoral ministry. He and his wife, Lane, will continue to live in Laurens, where he plans to remain active in supply and interim ministry. Hamilton has pastored churches in South Carolina and Georgia. The […]

Death and Dying: Bearing One Another’s Burdens in the Valley

When it comes to the decisions to be made when someone dies — burial or cremation … whether the receiving of friends will be held the day before or the same day as the funeral … if there will only be a graveside service — ministers in South Carolina largely agree that the needs of […]

Pastors with roots at Broad River Baptist Church gather

Five South Carolina pastors, all with roots in Broad River Baptist Church in Smyrna, were together recently at the church for the first time since beginning their ministries years ago. They gathered for the funeral of former member Harry Martin. Pictured (left to right, front to back) are: Rick Martin (son of Harry Martin), Roger […]

Former SCBC staffer Mark Aderholt charged with sexual assault in Texas

Charges stem from 1997, according to warrant Editor’s note: This story was updated July 10 to include an additional statement by SCBC executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth, July 11 to include comments from a spokesperson for the International Mission Board, and July 16 to include a link from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram with additional information regarding […]

Aderholt resigns as SCBC associate executive director

Mark Aderholt, associate executive director and chief strategist for the South Carolina Baptist Convention for the last year and a half, has resigned, according to an SCBC statement released June 19. In the statement, Gary Hollingsworth, SCBC executive director-treasurer, said he has “received and accepted a letter of resignation” from Aderholt. Hollingsworth said he accepted […]

Retiring CSU president Jairy Hunter looks back on career, God’s will

When Jairy Hunter became president of Baptist College of Charleston in the summer of 1984, the school faced the prospect of closing its doors. An editorial in The Baptist Courier a few months earlier described how the institution, the only Baptist-affiliated college in the lower half of the state, was heavily encumbered with long-term debt. […]