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After 27 Years and a Church Relocation, Don Brock Has Guided Gateway Into a Vibrant, Accepting Church

Located in an economically, upscale community near a resort lake and with great public education, Gateway Baptist Church – or, simply Gateway – is a vibrant faith community near Ballentine with no real power structure and where half of the church is under the age of 18. Gateway began in 1975 when Columbia’s Eau Claire […]

Spring Valley Baptist Church Isn’t Robert Winburn’s Only Legacy — All Four Children in Vocational Ministry Families

Also see Spring Valley Baptist Embraces Diverse Community, Works Hard to Be a Good Neighbor Robert Winburn says it over again, “Of all men, I am most blessed.” Yes, in 2019 he celebrated 30 years as pastor of Spring Valley Baptist Church, in Columbia, but he and his wife, Linda, “Cookie,” celebrate each day that […]

Spring Valley Baptist Embraces Diverse Community, Works Hard to Be a Good Neighbor

Also see Spring Valley Baptist Church Isn’t Robert Winburn’s Only Legacy — All Four Children in Vocational Ministry Families Forty years ago, Spring Valley Baptist Church was born of out of North Trenholm Baptist Church, ministering to a middle class, almost exclusively white community in northeast Columbia. Today, that same community is a majority-minority, where […]

Alice Drive Baptist Ties Multi-Site with an Emphasis on Making a Good First Impression

This summer, Clay Smith will celebrate 25 years as the lead pastor at Alice Drive Baptist Church, in Sumter, and much of that quarter-century’s work has led to this day – pointing Alice Drive Baptist Church toward becoming a multi-site congregation with an emphasis on making an excellent first impression for all those who come. […]

Robert Grant Provides Church Administration Assistance in New Role

Robert Grant began his work as an Empowering Congregations Ministry Mobilizer with the Columbia Metro Baptist Association (CMBA) in April. With more than 40 years of combined experience serving on staff at the local church and state convention levels, and additional time consulting, Robert is well equipped to help churches with a variety of general […]

David Waganer Seeks to Empower Congregations

The Columbia Metro Baptist Association (CMBA) welcomes David Waganer, an independent contract worker who began his responsibilities as an Empowering Congregations Ministry Mobilizer in April. In this role David is charged with helping churches navigate the areas of stewardship education and interim congregational issues, including initial committee organization, receiving and evaluating resumes and the search process, […]

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