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 […]

President’s Perspective: It’s Time to Wake Up!

I announced the theme of this year’s annual meeting last November, but God has continued to shape the heart of that theme over the months that followed. Coming out of the social depression and missional uncertainty of a global pandemic, many — if not most — of our pastors and churches had understandably fallen into […]

SCBC Office of Public Policy sends letter to state representatives

In a July 7 letter following the overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court, Tony Beam, director of the Office of Public Policy for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, expressed the full support of thousands of South Carolina Baptists for a bill that will protect life in the womb, beginning at […]

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 […]

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 […]