Barry Edwards to retire as S.C. Baptist Foundation president this year

Barry B. Edwards, president and chief executive officer of the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina, has announced that he will retire Aug. 31 of this year. “After much prayer and deliberation, it’s time to retire and spend more time with Alice, my wife of 54 years, our children, our children-in-love [son- and daughter-in-law] and our […]

Splawn to serve as evangelism strategist for state convention

Stephen Splawn has joined the staff of the South Carolina Baptist Convention as an evangelism and African-American ministries strategist. His work will focus on relational disciple-making and African-American engagement. Splawn will help facilitate the work of the Immersion Network of churches who are attempting to implement relational disciple-making among their members. Lee Clamp, SCBC evangelism […]

SCBC Executive Board concludes year with restructuring, reports, election of 2017 officers

In 2017, the South Carolina Baptist Convention Executive Board committees will be organized in a way that provides seamless work with the state convention staff toward accomplishing the priorities of evangelism, missions mobilization, church revitalization, and church planting. Approval of the reorganization came at the board’s Dec. 8 meeting in Columbia. The new organization alongside […]

New South Carolina Baptist history book slated for 2020 publication

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has engaged Josh Powell, a Lexington pastor, to write a new history of the state denomination, with an expected release date close to the convention’s 200th anniversary in 2020. The convention’s history committee is overseeing the three-year project. Michael Bryant, executive vice president of Charleston Southern University and chair of the SCBC […]

SCBC Executive Board elects 2017 officers at Dec. meeting

John Goudelock (left), associate pastor of Living Water Baptist Church in Longs (Waccamaw Association) was elected chairman of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Dec. 8. Serving with Goudelock in 2017 will be vice chairman Tommy Kelly, pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church, and secretary Katie Whitaker, a member of West Columbia […]

Plain and simple: Flood relief volunteers needed in 2017

To make it plain and simple, South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief needs churches to send missions volunteers for statewide service in the coming year. The effects of flooding in October 2015 are still being felt by dozens of Pee Dee residents, and disaster relief service has been complicated by the October 2016 flooding brought on […]

Prisoner packets meet needs, spread holiday cheer

South Carolina Baptists provided 23,957 prisoner packets for state inmates this holiday season. On Monday, Dec. 5, at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, about 130 volunteers and inmates from four institutions worked together to check the contents and bag the packets for delivery. They were distributed the following day to adult inmates in the South Carolina […]

WMU showers Christmas blessings on flooded Nichols community

The tiny community of Nichols dodged direct impact from October’s Hurricane Matthew but caught the brunt of tremendous flooding two days later. Water from the Lumber River surged through the town of 400 residents, destroying homes, vehicles and personal belongings. In the weeks since, government assistance and countless volunteers have helped residents in the recovery process. […]