North Carolina

McGill resigns Dublin church, focuses on The Lake Church

September 4 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Cameron McGill, former president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, announced his resignation as pastor of Dublin First Baptist Church to assume responsibilities as pastor of The Lake Church in White Lake, N.C. He has led both churches since The Lake Church launched in 2014.

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University Hills pastor moving to Botswana

September 4 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

On Aug. 12, the senior pastor of University Hills Baptist Church in Charlotte shared with the congregation his plans to serve in a different mission field. Fourteen years ago, Coye and Sherra Still left their work as Southern Baptist missionaries in South Asia to serve the University Hills church.

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Multifamily housing spurs mission strategy

September 4 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina initiated a strategy last year to help churches engage a mission field that is estimated to be 95 percent unchurched. The targeted group, said to number in the millions, includes people from all over the world who span the economic spectrum. 

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Greear to state execs: ‘How may I serve you?’

August 23 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Agreements to “assume the best in one another” and that a “gospel-above-all culture needs to prevail” in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) were among the outcomes when SBC President J.D. Greear met Aug. 20 with 15 executive directors of Baptist state conventions.

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Southeastern installs 10th faculty chair in honor of Charles Page

August 23 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) installed its 10th faculty chair, the Charles Page Chair of Biblical Theology, to Charles Quarles during its convocation service Aug. 16. The chair was announced in 2003 at SEBTS while Page was still living, but it was not until 15 years later, with the support of more than 100 donors, that the endowed chair became active. 

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What do spouses do when their callings don’t line up?

August 23 2018 by Lesley Hildreth

Several years ago I was speaking with a student from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary who was in a degree program where the student completes half of it on campus and the other half on the mission field. He said, “I have completed my on-campus hours and am ready to study overseas.

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Harris stands firm amid sermon scrutiny

August 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The sermons of a North Carolina pastor turned congressional candidate have become fodder for political attacks and reports in national media outlets – especially his preaching on the family and gender roles. But Mark Harris, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte who is running as a Republican in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district …

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Church planting leader retires

August 22 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

Known for his leadership in church planting, Mark Gray retires from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) Nov. 5. “He is not only an effective trainer coach, he is a practitioner of reaching people for Christ through church planting,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer, in a statement to the Biblical Recorder.

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Charlotte woman celebrates 65 years of perfect attendance

August 22 2018 by Dee Dee Vogt, BR Editorial Aide

July 2018 marked Mary Payne’s 65th year of perfect attendance in Sunday School. She’s been a member of Berryhill Baptist Church in Charlotte since 1963. Despite recent health-related difficulties, Payne continues to teach Sunday School, training other teachers and shepherding her class of older adults. 

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Former missionary, longtime Cooperative Program leader retires

August 22 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

From his experience on the international mission field, Mike Creswell knows the value of cooperating. Creswell, who retired Aug. 20 from his role as senior consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), has served the BSC since 2004.

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