SCBC resolutions address racial reconciliation, sports betting

South Carolina Baptist Convention messengers approved resolutions Nov. 14 ranging from opposition to the legalization of marijuana to support for religious liberty. Appreciation Messengers expressed appreciation to pastor Augustus “Robbie” Robinson, pastor of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, for hosting the annual meeting, and to pastor Eric Manning, who “graciously invited” South Carolina Baptists to […]

Greenwood pastor Bryant Sims leads 2019 SCBC officers

Bryant Sims, pastor of First Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Greenwood, heads a slate of officers who will lead the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 2019. Sims, who served for the past 12 months as president-elect, officially assumed the office of president at the conclusion of this year’s annual meeting. In this year’s annual meeting […]

SCBC messengers address budget, bylaws in opening session

Messengers to the 198th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Tuesday morning adopted a $28 million Cooperative Program budget and approved a bylaw change that requires prospective trustees and Executive Board members as well as their churches to “affirm [in writing] and reflect in practice” the Baptist Faith & Message 2000. At midmorning, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Varnville’s Tommy Kelly Is ‘Pastor of the Community’

Tommy Kelly is a man on the go. The pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church is an inspiring leader and servant not only to the church, but to the entire community. To say he is well known in this small community would be an understatement. As members of the church described their love and appreciation […]