North Carolina

Hemphill unveils campaign website backed by Louisiana Baptists

March 16 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

An organized campaign is underway to elect Ken Hemphill for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), including a website, social media accounts and promotional content backed by the Louisiana Baptist Convention. The site,, includes articles, podcast episodes and a series of video interviews hosted by a Vimeo account owned by the LBC.

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Tony Floyd named next president of Mars Hill University

March 13 2018 by BR Staff

John Anthony “Tony” Floyd will become president of Mars Hill University at the end of the current academic calendar, the board of trustees announced March 9. Floyd comes from a post at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, as executive vice president, and will succeed Dan Lunsford, who is set to retire later this year.

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N.C. roots part of Vermont church plant

March 6 2018 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

For the moment, an office building on Main Street in Vergennes, Vt., is empty, dusty and floored in tattered old carpet. But the two men showing it off are happy about it: Some time in 2018 – maybe by Easter – this rented space will become home for a new church.

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Remembering the herald of American evangelicalism

March 5 2018 by BR staff

World renowned evangelist Billy Graham died Feb. 21 at 7:46 a.m. while sleeping peacefully in his home in Montreat, N.C. He was 99 years old. Graham’s doctor said, “He just wore out,” according to the Graham family’s spokesperson. The decorated Southern Baptist and North Carolinian revivalist was buried March 2.

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Carter: Disciple-making is a command, not a request

March 5 2018 by BR staff & BSC Communications

An oversized crowd of more than 550 attendees packed into the auditorium of Center Grove Baptist Church in Clemmons, N.C., for the two main teaching sessions of the 2018 Disciple-Making Conference. “One of the fundamental and primary callings on your life,” said Matt Carter, “is to be a disciple-maker.”

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World renowned evangelist Billy Graham dies

February 21 2018 by BR Staff

Longtime evangelist Billy Graham died early this morning (Feb. 21), according to the public relations firm representing Graham. He was 99 years old. As a Southern Baptist and North Carolina native, Graham was well-known for spreading the gospel to millions of people around the world through itinerant preaching and evangelistic crusades.

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Sessions offer diverse options for disciple-making event

February 19 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Pastors and ministry leaders from churches of all sizes and locations should walk away from the upcoming 2018 N.C. Baptist Disciple-Making Conference with a host of biblical and practical resources to help them make disciples in the home, church and world within their context of ministry.

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Chowan University announces 23rd president

February 19 2018 by Amanda Bradshaw Sharpe, Chowan University Relations

At a press conference Feb. 15, the Board of Trustees of Chowan University announced the selection of Kirk E. Peterson as the 23rd president of Chowan University. He will take office June 1. “My family and I are thrilled to return to Murfreesboro and Chowan University,” stated Peterson.

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African American missions movement highlighted at SEBTS

February 13 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

The history of the African American missions movement was the primary focus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s fourth annual Black History Celebration Lunch. “If we only hear about a particular narrative of the American Christian story, our assumption is that God is only working amongst those people,” said Walter Strickland.

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SBC 1st VP Strickland cheers Tillis for DACA efforts

February 8 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Walter Strickland, SBC first vice president and North Carolina Christian educator, urged Sen. Thom Tillis and other members of Congress to continue working toward a legislative solution for young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children in a press call Feb. 8 hosted by the National Immigration Forum.

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