SCBC Executive Board holds Dec. meeting, elects officers

Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church, was elected chairman of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the board’s Dec. 7 winter meeting in Columbia. Kelly, who served as SCBC president in 2015, will serve with vice chairman Randy Kirby, worship pastor at Simpsonville First Baptist Church, and secretary Cindy […]

‘Never give up,’ Gov. McMaster tells NGU graduates

North Greenville University celebrated fall graduation on a snowy Saturday morning, Dec. 9, at Turner Chapel. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster addressed the more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral candidates. McMaster encouraged the graduates to “never give up” and to “dream big” during his speech. He detailed his personal journey to the governor’s office […]

Blalock’s vision for S.C. Baptists: ‘Building Bridges’

When newly installed South Carolina Baptist Convention president Marshall Blalock speaks of “Building Bridges,” his theme for the coming year, the reference is more than a metaphor. On Sunday evening, June 21, 2015 — four days after a white supremacist gunman murdered nine black Christians during a Wednesday night prayer meeting at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. […]

Pastors Conference homes in on theme of ‘Renewal’

Church leaders gathered at Shandon Baptist Church Nov. 6 for the annual South Carolina Baptist Pastors Conference. Bruce Price, pastor of Buffalo Baptist Church in Blacksburg and president of this year’s Pastors Conference, developed the conference theme of “Renewal” from Psalm 51:10-12. Price said his two goals for the conference were to encourage pastors who […]

AU presents Pastor of the Year awards

Anderson University presented its annual Pastor of the Year awards Nov. 6 at the South Carolina Baptist Pastors Conference. Pictured, from left: Johnny McDaniel, pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church in Florence Association (who received the award for churches with up to 300 members); Lebron Crisp, pastor of Living Water Baptist Church in Waccamaw Baptist Association […]

Charleston Southern University launches presidential search

The Charleston Southern University board of trustees has formed a 17-person search committee to find the institution’s next president. The new president will succeed retiring president Jairy C. Hunter Jr. and will be the third chief executive in the school’s history. The university announced in March that Hunter, who has served as CSU’s president for […]

‘Meditations of a Sparrow’ offers poetic reflections on God’s care

Karen Green, of Anderson, has published her first book of poetry: “Meditations of a Sparrow: Psalms for the Modern Age.” “Meditations” is scheduled for release by Courier Publishing in early December in both hardback ($17.95) and softback ($13.95) versions. The book details many aspects of the author’s “daily walk with the Most High.” Her first […]

Cynthia Winker publishes 4th novel

Cynthia Winkler, a mystery and crime author who writes from a Christian worldview, has produced her fourth novel, “You Did Not Weep: The Woman in the Grave.” Available in hardback ($25.95), paperback ($19.95) and e-book ($5.95) formats, “You Did Not Weep” is slated for an early December release by Courier Publishing. The novel unfolds amidst […]

Author honors late grandfather with WWII memoir

It is the spring of 1944. Blace Davis has no thought of fighting in the war. After all, he is a man with dependents — a wife and six children, with a seventh on the way. But then everything changes. “Mount of Congregation,” by Mark A. Davis, is a true story of bravery in the […]

Bill West announces retirement after 55 years of ministry

William R. “Bill” West Jr., pastor of Welcome Baptist Church in Pendleton for the past 12 years, will retire in December after 55 years of pastoral ministry. He formerly served as pastor of Pendleton Street Baptist Church in Greenville, Hartsville First Baptist Church and Batesburg First Baptist Church. He and his wife, Alice Brown West, […]