First Baptist Church of North Augusta partners with local school

Dena Riley was thrilled when she and two others attended a South Carolina Baptist Convention “Heart 4 Schools” seminar last year. First Baptist Church of North Augusta, where Dena serves as director of children’s ministries, already had a relationship with area schools, providing shoes for students through a Laces of Love project. The Heart 4 […]

Upstate event for deaf community designed to build relationships, share gospel

Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors will host a weekend event July 14-16 for the state’s deaf community (including parents, families, volunteers, and interested churches). The event will include entertainment, food, games, and prizes and will communicate the gospel to a people group in which the North American Mission Board suggests only .0009 percent attend […]

Tending to Spiritual Needs after the Disaster

Georgiana Haselden survived the devastating floods of 2015 that demolished her home in Hemingway. Almost exactly one year later, she faced Hurricane Matthew’s impact to the same area. Now, because of ongoing disaster relief survivor care ministry efforts in her town, Haselden faces future life crises with the living hope of Jesus Christ. “Disaster relief […]

State CP giving misses mark in 2016

The South Carolina Baptist Convention finished the 2016 budget year $937,414 short of budgeted Cooperative Program receipts of $28.5 million. CP giving from convention churches totaled $27,562,585, or 3.39 percent below budgeted needs, according to figures provided by Pam Carroll, SCBC chief financial officer. The 2016 CP budget included an allocation of $11,300,660 to the […]

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 […]