President’s Perspective: Why Come to Charleston?

The South Carolina Baptist Convention will meet later this year, Nov. 13-14, and for the first time in many years we are having the meetings in Charleston. Personally, even though I am from Charleston, I believe having the meetings in a more centrally located place like Columbia is ideal. With so many of our churches […]

White Oak Conference Center set to be sold Sept. 30

The South Carolina Baptist Convention’s White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro is scheduled to be sold Sept. 30 for $5.4 million and will become a public charter school. White Oak, which has been operated by the state convention since 1979, is slated for purchase by Midlands STEM Institute. (STEM is an acronym for science, technology, […]

Exec. Board hears reports on budget, annual meeting, ‘Advance’ initiative

Meeting April 24 at the South Carolina Baptist Convention building in Columbia, the SCBC Executive Board heard a report on the pending sale of White Oak Conference Center (see related story) and conducted other business. Board members met that morning in subcommittees and then convened for further business and reporting during the afternoon session.  The […]

SCBC accepting recommendations for boards, committees

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is accepting recommendations for persons to serve on the state denomination’s standing committees, on the boards of trustees of the convention’s institutions, and on the SCBC Executive Board. Deadlines for receiving recommendations are July 2 for the Executive Board and for trustees, and July 6 for committees. Recommendation forms can be accessed at […]

More than a conference, IMPACT 2018 is a ‘Call to Action’

With a reported 2 billion people across the planet with little or no access to the gospel, South Carolina Baptist pastors and staff members met to discover how they can lead their churches to send people across the street and around the world to share the hope of Jesus. About 800 participated in IMPACT 2018, […]

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. […]