North Greenville, New Orleans Seminary form partnership

In a move intended to help men and women called to ministry get placed into positions sooner, North Greenville University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are partnering to count certain college credit hours toward a master of divinity degree, saving students both time and money. The agreement, signed by NGU President Gene Fant Jr. […]

DR training slated April 17 in Easley

The spring Disaster Relief Training Conference for South Carolina Baptist volunteers will be held April 17 at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Easley. Classes will be offered in several Disaster Relief ministry areas: assessment of needs, introduction to chaplaincy, children’s response teams, mass feeding, chainsaw, flood recovery (mud-out), and shower/laundry. Additionally, an Introduction to Disaster […]

Anderson names Easterling VP for church engagement

Engaging churches across the United States in the mission of Anderson University and helping it develop the next generation of young Christian leaders is the mission of Eugene Mayson Easterling III, who is joining the university as its vice president for church engagement. A native of Columbia and member of Pebble Creek Baptist Church in […]

President’s Perspective: Who’s the GOAT?

“Is he the GOAT?” It’s the most popular question on sports talk radio. The 2020-21 version goes something like this: After appearing in his 10th championship and winning his fourth title with a third team (Los Angeles Lakers), is Lebron James the NBA’s Greatest Of All Time (GOAT)? Everyone has an opinion. One morning while […]

President’s Perspective: God Can Use the Worst to Produce the Best

“The Worst Year Ever.” That’s how Time magazine described 2020 in its December edition, and justifiably so. No one will miss a year marked by a global pandemic, business shutdowns, social unrest, natural disasters, and a divisive election cycle. The New Year’s ball couldn’t drop fast enough. But adversity is a great teacher, so before […]

Clamp named SCBC strategic officer

Lee Clamp, state evangelism director, began new duties as chief strategic officer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Jan. 1. “Lee Clamp’s passion for reaching lost people, coupled with his gift in strategic thinking and planning, made him the obvious choice to become our chief strategic officer,” said SCBC Executive Director-Treasurer Gary Hollingsworth. “During these […]

Hardwick accepts pastorate in Tennessee

Jay Hardwick, associate executive director and chief strategist for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, has resigned his position, accepting the call of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., as lead pastor. He formerly served as a church planter and pastor before coming to the staff of the SCBC. He said, “We love our SCBC […]

Pastors affirm ‘Sufficiency of Scripture’

Pastors from across the state gathered at River District Church, formerly known as First Baptist Church, West Columbia, on Nov. 9 for the 2020 South Carolina Baptist Pastors Conference. Chad Campbell, pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Easley, served as president of this year’s conference. During both sessions, attendees were led in worship by […]

Sands makes history

History was made on Nov. 10 when Alex Sands, pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville, became president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He is the first African-American to ever serve as president of the SCBC in its 200-year history. How does he feel about this moment of historical significance? “I am humbled, honored […]

Simpsonville pastor named SCBC president-elect; first African-American president takes office

Messengers to the 200th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention elected a Simpsonville pastor as president-elect, approved a $26.5 million Cooperative Program budget, and adopted a resolution affirming churches that also identify as Great Commission Baptists. In an abbreviated, one-day session Nov. 10 at the historic First Baptist Church of Columbia, messengers also […]