SCBC messengers to worship at historic African-American church

The 198th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention will be held Nov. 13-14 in Charleston. Marshall Blalock, pastor of Charleston First Baptist Church and current SCBC president, will preside. The theme is “Building Bridges.” Business sessions will be held at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, while the Tuesday evening worship […]

Matt Freeman is new SCBC associate director of worship

Matt Freeman has been named associate director of worship and discipleship for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Formerly worship leader at Mill City Church in West Columbia, a congregation he helped plant in 2012, Freeman began his work with the state convention office in September. “I’m excited to work with worship pastors, ministers of music […]

Jay Hardwick named chief strategist for S.C. Baptist Convention

Jay Hardwick, a church-planting team leader for the South Carolina Baptist Convention for the past two years, has been named associate executive director and chief strategist for the state denomination. Gary Hollingsworth, SCBC executive director-treasurer, said Hardwick “is the right man to lead us in the days ahead” and that his decision to promote Hardwick […]

White Oak Conference Center sale still not finalized

The sale of the South Carolina Baptist Convention’s White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, originally scheduled for closing on Sept. 30, has not yet taken place. Gary Hollingsworth, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, told The Courier that the buyer, which seeks to convert White Oak into a public charter school, is still […]

Varnville’s Tommy Kelly Is ‘Pastor of the Community’

Tommy Kelly is a man on the go. The pastor of Varnville First Baptist Church is an inspiring leader and servant not only to the church, but to the entire community. To say he is well known in this small community would be an understatement. As members of the church described their love and appreciation […]

SCBC releases committee reports ahead of annual meeting

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has released the 2018 reports of the Committee on Committees and the Nominations Committee. The membership roster of the 2019 Committee on Committees has also been released. The reports will be considered at the upcoming SCBC annual meeting, to be held Nov. 13-14 in North Charleston. The reports can be […]

State convention messengers to consider bylaw change

Messengers to the 2O18 annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, to be held Nov. 13-14 in North Charleston, will consider a bylaw change that would require individuals considered by the convention’s Nominations Committee to commit in writing to “affirm and reflect in practice” 1) the vision and mission of the SCBC, 2) the […]

Runion is second announced nominee for SCBC president-elect

Mike Runion, pastor of City View First Baptist Church in Greenville, will be nominated for president-elect of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at the denomination’s annual meeting Nov. 12-13 at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston. Tom Tucker, pastor of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill and a former state convention president, […]

S.C. Baptist Disaster Relief official sees urgency in getting roofs patched

With many South Carolina communities still plagued by flooding, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have been working tirelessly to help survivors of Hurricane Florence since its landfall on Sept. 14. Several flooded rivers were expected to crest Sept. 26, and as the waters started to recede, SBDR volunteers faced a pressing need to provide temporary […]