SCBC messengers to worship at historic African-American church

The 198th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention will be held Nov. 13-14 in Charleston. Marshall Blalock, pastor of Charleston First Baptist Church and current SCBC president, will preside. The theme is “Building Bridges.” Business sessions will be held at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, while the Tuesday evening worship […]

Children ‘Shake It Up’ for missions at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home

Meeting missionaries, decorating maracas and eating hamburgers were highlights of “Shake It Up,” a Sept. 22 missions event for Girls in Action and Children in Action at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood. More than 200 children and their leaders participated in the event, which was coordinated by South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union. Danny Nicholson, […]

Schrieffer honored by S.C. Baptist Foundation for legacy gift

Mary Melle “Met” Burgess Schrieffer recently accepted the South Carolina Baptist Foundation’s Lonnie H. Shull Jr. Legacy Award for her and her late husband’s (George Alan Schrieffer’s) support of the foundation through the establishment of legacy gifts. Her husband retired in 1993 as minister of education at Spartanburg First Baptist Church. He was a chalk […]

Jay Hardwick named chief strategist for S.C. Baptist Convention

Jay Hardwick, a church-planting team leader for the South Carolina Baptist Convention for the past two years, has been named associate executive director and chief strategist for the state denomination. Gary Hollingsworth, SCBC executive director-treasurer, said Hardwick “is the right man to lead us in the days ahead” and that his decision to promote Hardwick […]

Matt Freeman is new SCBC associate director of worship

Matt Freeman has been named associate director of worship and discipleship for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Formerly worship leader at Mill City Church in West Columbia, a congregation he helped plant in 2012, Freeman began his work with the state convention office in September. “I’m excited to work with worship pastors, ministers of music […]

White Oak Conference Center sale still not finalized

The sale of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, originally scheduled for closing on Sept. 30, has not yet taken place. Gary Hollingsworth, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, told The Courier that the buyer, which seeks to convert White Oak into a public charter school, is still […]

SWBTS trustees move forward, uphold Patterson firing

Trustee Wayne Dickard of South Carolina votes against board action to ratify dismissal of former president In a meeting characterized by unity despite differences of opinion, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s trustees voted to uphold the trustee executive committee’s decision in May to terminate former president Paige Patterson. Trustees revisited Patterson’s termination at their Oct. 15-17 […]