Connie Maxwell Children’s Home receives $350,000 grant for foster care ministry

A recent $350,000 grant will strengthen Connie Maxwell Children’s Home’s resources in ministering to children and families through South Carolina’s foster care system. The grant from the Duke Endowment will support the South Carolina Baptist Convention-related ministry’s ongoing activities in recruiting, training and supporting foster families, according to a Connie Maxwell news release. Connie Maxwell […]

More than a conference, IMPACT 2018 is a ‘Call to Action’

With a reported 2 billion people across the planet with little or no access to the gospel, South Carolina Baptist pastors and staff members met to discover how they can lead their churches to send people across the street and around the world to share the hope of Jesus. About 800 participated in IMPACT 2018, […]

Evan Marzilli wants to show what God is capable of

When Karin Marzilli was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016, the experience not only led to a resurgence of her faith, but also her son’s. Evan Marzilli, 26, a former University of South Carolina and College World Series outfielder, went from disbelief that a family member had cancer to a stronger belief in God. “It […]

Armed robbery and kidnapping don’t stop this retired pastor

After a lifetime of preaching God’s Word, 78-year-old retired pastor Bob Johnson was robbed and kidnapped — and discovered he had cancer. Instead of despair, he chose hope, and he is determined to keep moving forward. On a Sunday afternoon this past October, a stranger came to his rural home in Colleton County while his […]

Students proclaim: ‘God belongs on my campus’

The students of Francis Marion University’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry have a message for their school: “God belongs on my campus.” What started as a small group’s outreach effort several years ago has turned into an event-based experience open to all who are part of Francis Marion’s diverse student population. “It’s a strong statement to say, […]

At 90, Dalton Ward steps down from pastorate

Dalton Ward, at the age of 90, recently retired from Dean Swamp Baptist Church in Edisto Association after serving the historic church near Springfield for almost 20 years. On Feb. 1, he turned 91. Reflecting on 70 years of ministry, he has followed the advice he gives: “Be faithful to whatever responsibility God gives you.” […]

NGU’s Joyful Sound embarks on 5th decade of ministry

Joyful Sound, a musical ensemble of North Greenville University, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a concert April 13 in conjunction with the inauguration of NGU’s eighth president, Gene Fant Jr. The current version of Joyful Sound includes two teams of nine members. Joyful Sound sings in more than 200 churches each year. The group […]

Eastlan Baptist Church of Greenville to merge with NewSpring

Eastlan Baptist Church in Greenville voted Dec. 24 to merge with NewSpring Church of Greenville. The combined congregations will be known as NewSpring Eastlan Church. Eastlan, founded in 1939, has experienced declining membership in recent years, church leaders told The Courier. NewSpring Greenville has been meeting at the TD Convention Center and is expected to […]

For Courier, it’s business as usual despite fire

As the March 2018 issue of The Courier went to press, employees worked from a temporary business location and from their homes after an electrical fire forced a temporary closure of the newsmagazine’s Greenville office building. The fire broke out on the afternoon of Jan. 16 while staff members were putting the finishing touches on […]