Ida relief cooperation among states ‘a partnership in the gospel’

With more than 423,000 Louisianians still in the dark for days after Hurricane Ida’s landfall, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams were working hard to repair homes, serve food and share Christ’s love in the region. Through Sept. 15, 22 sites were hosting teams from 20 states. They had prepared 533,966 meals, served 18,698 meals, assessed […]

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 […]

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 […]