Ray Rust, 92, served SCBC as executive director for 10 years

Ray P. Rust, 92, former executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, died Feb. 2 in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Rust served the SCBC from 1982-1992. Before that, he was president of Anderson College (now Anderson University) for four years. His prior denominational service included serving New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as […]

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 […]

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 […]

New SCBC Executive Board officers elected

New officers were elected at the South Carolina Baptist Covention’s Executive Board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7. Tommy Kelly, pastor of First Baptist Church, Varnville, and former SCBC president, was elected chairman of the Executive Board. Randy Kirby, worship pastor at First Baptist Church, Simpsonville, was elected vice chair, and Cindy Sanders, a member of […]

Annual meeting wrap: State Baptists ‘Unite’ for missions, evangelism

Gathering under the banner of “Unite,” messengers to the 197th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention sang, prayed, conducted business, and fanned out across the city of Columbia for “One Day” — a missions and evangelistic effort. The annual meeting took place Nov. 7-8 at Shandon Baptist Church. Keith Shorter, SCBC president and […]

Deadline nears for 2017 contributions to SCBC

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is advising churches and individuals that the following will count as 2017 contributions: — Hand-delivered contributions received by the close of business on Dec. 21. — Electronic contributions with a transaction date on or before Dec. 31. — Mailed contributions postmarked on or before Dec. 31 and received by Jan. […]