Category Archives for "Family Stories"

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. […]

Bill Wright Sees Networking as Essential to 21st Century Kingdom Ministry

Download this story:  Bill Wright, 07.03.18 Bill Wright’s South Carolina Baptist roots go deep, serving in local churches and on staff at the Columbia Metro Baptist Association collectively for 30 years – all 30 years of his pastoral ministry have been among South Carolina Baptists. He can even credit meeting Stephanie, his wife of 30 years […]

Outgoing BCM Director Andy Weems Applauds Work of CMBA Churches with College Students

Download this story:  Andy Weems and Collegiate Ministry As Andy Weems concludes five years of Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) service with Columbia colleges and universities, he quickly applauds the support of the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the involvement of its churches with students. Andy is leaving the South Carolina Baptist Convention staff to pursue Clinical […]

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” […]

Moderator Dan Griffin Celebrates the Spirit of Cooperation as CMBA Family Week of Prayer Takes Place May 20-27

Columbia Metro Baptist Churches-in-Association will celebrate the CMBA Family Week of Prayer May 20-27. This annual emphasis is set aside by CMBA to focus on the strength of the family relationships of Baptist churches in the Midlands of South Carolina. Dan Griffin, pastor at Harmony Baptist Church in Elgin, is the 2018 moderator of CMBA […]

Temple Zion Baptist Pastor Andre Melvin Oversees Columbia International Prison Program

Listen to the podcast with Rev Andre Melvin, Temple Zion Baptist Church — http://www.columbiametro.org/podcast-005/ Andre Melvin, pastor of Temple Zion Baptist Church in the Columbia Metro Baptist Association, also serves as executive director of the Columbia International University Prison Program. This program, which is immersed with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC), has helped 136 […]

Revitalized Rosewood Church is ‘Evidence of God’s Plan for His Kingdom in Southeast Columbia’

On September 10, 2017 Rosewood Baptist Church in Columbia SC undertook a relaunch and rebranding of the 80-year-old institution. The new “Rosewood Church” presented new core values and vision, with a modern logo and graphic brand as well as changes to its campus and sanctuary. The church now embraces a unique and relevant, blended worship […]

For Andre Rogers, Three Ministry Endeavors Work Together for Kingdom Effectiveness.

Andre Rogers serves as Columbia Metro Baptist Association’s Congregational Multiplication Ministry Mobilizer. He assists with church planting and sometimes with helping struggling congregations redevelop vitality and vibrancy. He also teaches homiletics and systematic theology at his alma mater, Columbia International University (CIU), and he is the pastor of Concord Fellowship Baptist Church, which he planted […]