Bray names 2023 SCBC Committee on Committees

In accordance with the South Carolina Baptist Convention Bylaws, convention president Wayne Bray has selected the 2023 Committee on Committees. The committee consists of at least one person from churches with 500 in worship or more, at least three from churches with 200 to 499 in worship; at least three from churches with fewer than […]

SCBC Sexual Abuse Task Force chair shares insights into work

The South Carolina Baptist Sexual Abuse Task Force has completed nearly a year of research, prayer, and work. Their report, after approval from the Executive Board, will be presented at this year’s annual meeting Nov. 13-14 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo. The Courier sat down with D.J. Horton, lead pastor at Church at […]

Lee stepping down from convention post

Scott Lee, chief administrative officer for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has announced his plans to retire, effective Oct. 15, according to SCBC Executive Director-Treasurer Gary Hollingsworth. Lee will be relocating to South Alabama, where he and his wife will be near one of their two grandchildren with another one on the way. “We congratulate […]

Goodroe to be nominated for SCBC vice president

Ryan Goodroe, pastor of Utica Baptist Church in Seneca, will be nominated by Joe Willard, pastor of Black Creek Baptist Church in Darlington, for the office of vice president at this year’s annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. A graduate of Clemson University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he previously was pastor of […]

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 […]

Newberry First pastor to be nominated for SCBC president-elect

Albert Allen, pastor of First Baptist Church, Newberry, since 2014, will be nominated for president-elect of the South Carolina Baptist Convention at this year’s annual meeting in Columbia’s First Baptist Church, Nov. 8-9. Allen is a Columbia native and was licensed and ordained at First Baptist, Columbia. Wes Church, senior pastor at Columbia First, who […]

Pigg named state evangelism leader

Michael Pigg has been called as team leader of evangelism for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He brings to the position 33 years of ministry experience as a pastor, executive pastor, church planting pastor, and national denominational leader. “I am thrilled to see Michael Pigg join our team. His passion for evangelism and seeing every […]

President’s Perspective: Why It Still Matters

“In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11, CSB). The question seems to find its way into the comment section of every online story about a race relations milestone being reached in the SBC. It generally goes like […]

Taylors First calls Josh Powell

What led Josh Powell, senior pastor of Lake Murray Baptist Church in his hometown of Lexington, to accept the pastorate of First Baptist Taylors? “What really attracted me to Taylors First was their commitment — not just to be a church in the community, but their support of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and its […]