Speaking of Alabama-Clemson …

Gary Hollingsworth was called to be executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention the same week his alma mater defeated Clemson University in the NCAA football championship game. The irony of the timing is not lost on the Alabama alumnus, who supports his alma mater but also admires Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. “I […]

New state convention CEO to hold statewide listening sessions

Gary Hollingsworth, newly elected SCBC executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, wants to hear what’s on the minds of South Carolina Baptists. To that end he has scheduled six listening sessions across the state during the month of March. A Jan. 26 email from the SCBC to church leaders and staff members said […]

Call to serve in South Carolina was clear, say Hollingsworths

Gwen Hollingsworth was watering flowers last September during a moment of quiet time with the Lord. She knew a South Carolina Baptist Convention search team had approached her husband about his possible candidacy for the state’s open executive director-treasurer position. A few months earlier, Rick Lance, executive director of the State Board of Missions and […]

New exec hopes to bring ‘clarity and focus’ to convention’s role in serving churches

Gary Hollingsworth, newly elected executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, says he embraces the state denomination’s pillars of evangelism, missions, church planting and church revitalization, and he plans to sharpen the SCBC’s focus on serving churches. “Denominations only exist to serve churches, especially on the state level,” he said. “A state convention can’t […]

Gary Hollingsworth to lead South Carolina Baptist Convention as new state executive

Gary Hollingsworth, a long-serving pastor and denominational leader with a record of church planting and international missions support, has been elected executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He received the unanimous support of SCBC messengers who convened Jan. 14 for a special called meeting of the state convention at Shandon Baptist Church in […]

Richard Harris affirms nomination of Gary Hollingsworth for next SCBC executive director-treasurer

In a Jan. 12 “Open Letter to South Carolina Baptists,” interim SCBC executive director-treasurer Richard Harris affirmed the nomination of Gary Hollingsworth as the next chief executive for the state denomination. Hollingsworth is the choice of a search committee of the SCBC Executive Board. State convention messengers will vote on Hollingsworth Thursday, Jan. 14, at a […]

President’s Perspective: Launch Out!

Luke 5 tells the story of Peter kneeling in the water, washing his nets, unaware of the throngs of people around Jesus. For Peter, along with James and John, the night had been long, and there was nothing to show in their nets. Then Peter heard, “May I use your ship?” Peter left his net […]

Central Baptist revitalized through ‘outward focus’

Five years ago, Central Baptist Church in Gaffney was different from what it is today. Its fractured congregation struggled with financial debt from a building project, a painful experience with former leadership, and declining attendance. Today, Central stands transformed, with a new ministry focus that it is carrying forward and into the community. Pastor Johnny […]