With more Florence-fed flooding likely, S.C. Baptist volunteers remain on the scene

Although South Carolina was spared the worst of Florence’s hurricane-force winds and storm-surge flooding, officials are still concerned that heavy rainfall will lead to freshwater flooding along the Waccamaw and Little rivers in Horry County, and South Carolina Baptists stand ready to assist. South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have deployed  to Marion, Florence and […]

S.C. Disaster Relief volunteers swing into action as Florence comes ashore

A South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief feeding team from Crossroads Community Church in Summerville has begun serving meals to first responders after Hurricane Florence came ashore Friday morning. Working in partnership with the Salvation Army, the Crossroads Church volunteers have set up operations at the North Charleston Coliseum, according to information shared with The Courier […]

IMB president issues apology over sexual assault investigation

Mark Aderholt, former chief strategist for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, who was arrested on July 3 on charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl more than 20 years ago in Texas, continues to await the decision of a grand jury regarding an indictment. According to District Court 297 officials in Texas, a trial date […]

Human Trafficking Is Thriving in S.C.

Lanie’s school bus dropped her off every day at the strip club where her mother worked. When she was younger, Lanie simply grabbed a bite to eat and did her homework while her mom worked. However, one day when she was 10 years old, the strip club lacked enough employees, so they “recruited” Lanie to […]

Robert Grant announces retirement from Baptist Foundation

Robert F. Grant Jr. has announced his retirement effective Aug. 31 after a ministry career spanning almost 50 years. Licensed to the ministry in 1969 and ordained in 1976, Grant served several churches before joining the South Carolina Baptist Convention staff in 1983. During his 31-year tenure with the convention, he served as director of […]

On campus or in a storm-ravaged subdivision, the gospel changes lives

Although a variety of ministry activities spring to mind upon hearing the words “disaster relief” or “collegiate ministries,” a singular fidelity to sharing the gospel emanates from the core of two Baptist entities responsible for those particular mission fields in South Carolina. More than a humanitarian agency that assists victims of floods, storms and tornadoes, […]

SCBC welcomes resolutions and Christian service award nominations

Resolutions to be considered during this year’s annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Nov. 13-14 in Charleston are due Oct. 13. Submissions should include the name, address and email (if available) of the person making the resolution, along with the name and address of the submitter’s church. Also, each year the Christian Life […]

IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

Two “thorough, outside, independent” investigations have been initiated by International Mission Board president David Platt into the IMB’s handling of any past sexual abuse allegations and into its policies of zero tolerance for such abuse. Platt also stated a public apology to Anne Marie Miller, who has alleged sexual abuse by an individual who subsequently […]

Youth take home state Bible drill honors

State Bible drill competitions, sponsored by the South Carolina Baptist Convention, were held in April and May. Bible drill is a competitive program that teaches children and youth the importance of studying and memorizing Scripture. On April 28, Lowcountry contestants gathered at Marion Baptist Church. First place went to Jaclyn Skinner, Sand Hill Baptist Church […]

Former SCBC staffer Mark Aderholt charged with sexual assault in Texas

Charges stem from 1997, according to warrant Editor’s note: This story was updated July 10 to include an additional statement by SCBC executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth, July 11 to include comments from a spokesperson for the International Mission Board, and July 16 to include a link from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram with additional information regarding […]