Category Archives for "Family Stories"

Midtown Fellowship: Two Notch—A Church Plant in the Inner City to Reach into Poverty

Midtown Fellowship’s downtown Columbia church plant began in 2007 with a Sunday worship gathering and intentional Life Groups to primarily express its vision to share Jesus with 100,000 people within a 5-mile radius of the South Carolina state capital. Though a believer since middle school, one of those drawn to Midtown’s vision was Antony “Ant” […]

New BCM Director Brings Relational Approach to Campus Ministry

Download Our Family Story — Jamie Rogers, BCM Director Jamie Rogers is the new Columbia area Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) director, here to serve Midlands area college and university students. His ministry scope includes students attending the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, Benedict College and Midlands Technical College. Rogers began his work December 3rd and […]

After 18 Years of Church Planting, Jeff Shipman Says the Future is Focusing on the “Why” Not “How”

Download Our Family Story — Church Planting – Jeff Shipman, 01.09.19 Jeff Shipman’s goal is not church planting. His goal is gospel saturation throughout the Columbia area. He is passionate about it. He’s also passionate about serving alongside the Columbia Metro Baptist Association, facilitating conversations about gospel saturation within the metropolitan area. “All too often, church […]

Church Planting is at the Heart of George Bullard’s Ministry

Download Our Family Story — Church Planting – George Bullard, 11.18 Church planting can work when church planters start churches. But the deep, rich, exponential Kingdom growth occurs when churches plant churches – and that includes satellite campuses and non-traditional plants like home churches, workplace churches, and even churches meeting over wings at a local restaurant. […]

A Lay Leader’s Hopeful Perspective on Local Church, Associational Work

Buck Williams is hopeful. He’s optimistic about the local church and its ability to share the gospel, and he’s hopeful about the missional work of Baptist associations. His long-term dedicated lay leadership within Mt. Elon Baptist Church in Hopkins and the Columbia Metro Baptist Association give him a great perspective. In late 1979, Buck joined […]

All Columbia Area Churches Can Embrace International Ministry

For two of the past three years, First Baptist Church Columbia’s ministry to internationals has hosted a celebration of the Persian New Year, Norooz, at the beginning of the spring season. The celebration is one of the many church activities aimed at building a relationship with Columbia’s international community of professionals, students, and refugees. “Last […]

Samuel Hernandez’s Winding Road, Listening to the Lord, Led to Bi-vocational Ministry in Columbia

Download this story:  Samuel Hernandez, 08.06.18 Samuel Hernandez has been pastor of Columbia’s Iglesia Hispana Dios es Amor for 18 years. It began meeting at First Baptist Church West Columbia and then at Killian Baptist Church, but since 2011 has met with the unanimous endorsement of leaders and members at Sandy Level Baptist Church, in Blythewood. […]