State conventions take historic actions regarding sexual abuse

As many Southern Baptist state conventions celebrated regathering for the first time in two years this fall, more than a dozen took unprecedented actions toward ensuring their conventions are effectively handling sexual abuse allegations. State conventions around the country passed motions to form internal groups or task forces to look at policies and procedures regarding […]

Lake Murray church sets LMCO record with year-round giving

This year, Lake Murray Baptist Church took up the largest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in its 40-year history. The key words there are “this year” — that is, all 12 months. Lead pastor David Sons said the church’s renewed emphasis on missions giving all year long is what made the difference. The largest Lottie offering […]

Legacy Moments show significance of state convention

The South Carolina Baptist Convention is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. In a series of Legacy Moment videos at this year’s annual meeting, South Carolina Baptist leaders highlighted how from 1821 to 2021, the state convention has made a great impact on not only the state, but the entire nation. The legacy of the […]

WMU’s Register Set to Retire

Laurie Register, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union since 2009, has announced her plans to the organization’s Executive Board to step down at the end of 2022. “We value Laurie’s commitment and long-standing service to the Lord through South Carolina WMU. Her relentless dedication has presented the concern for God’s mission in […]

SCBC History: A Quick Glance at the Last 60 Years

The history of Baptists in South Carolina begins in the late 17th century. The names of William Screven, Oliver Hart, Richard Furman, and W.B. Johnson are very familiar to Baptists in the South. These men, along with others like Isaac Chandler, John Roberts, and Philip Mulke, helped to establish the foundations of Southern Baptist life, […]

S.C. Baptists: Facing The Next Century

One hundred years ago, Charles Elford Burts was the executive secretary (now called the executive director-treasurer) of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Having been born in 1867, just two years after the end of the Civil War, Dr. Burts served from 1919 until 1925. If he were writing an article about what South Carolina Baptists […]

Our New President’s Journey

Wayne Bray, lead pastor of First Baptist Church, Simpsonville, and president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, began his life in Dothan, Ala., grew up in Georgia, and located to Simpsonville six years ago. “My dad pastored my entire life,” he said. “I remember riding on the seat of the bus while we did bus […]

SCBC commemorates bicentennial year, creates sexual abuse task force

Messengers to the 201st annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention celebrated the convention’s bicentennial year, approved the creation of a task force to review sexual abuse policies and procedures, and elected a Newberry pastor as president-elect. International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood was keynote speaker for a missionary commissioning service that kicked off […]

The Forgotten Story of the State Lady Missionaries

Just as families lose their stories from one generation to another, the same is true for South Carolina Baptists. The forgotten story of the State Lady Missionaries is an inspiring story of how missions, cooperation, and education – the three founding principles of the South Carolina Baptist Convention – came together to shape the future […]