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200 Years of Gospel Impact and God Calls SCBC to More

Tigerville, SC (December 10, 2020) After a vote from the Executive Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC) in October, its 2020 Annual Meeting was shortened from a typical two-day format to a one-day conference due to COVID-19 precautions. Under the theme "Legacy," the meeting was held on Tues., Nov. 10, at First Baptist Church, Columbia.

"It's important to meet — we need[ed] to meet," said SCBC President Josh Powell, a 1989 North Greenville University (NGU) alumnus.

NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr., shared a compelling story of SCBC and NGU's impact from generation to generation during the evening session of the 200th Annual Meeting. His remarks were rooted in his personal experience of having never lived in South Carolina before 2017 but having been deeply impacted by the churches and leaders of the state for his entire life, and how this is evidence for the vitality of the Cooperative Program partnership between the SCBC and its entities, including NGU.

"We are grateful for our covenantal partnerships and thank God for our churches of the South Carolina Baptist Convention each and every day. May God be uplifted in every activity we undertake - for His name, for His glory," said Fant to conclude his address.

NGU's relationship with the SCBC began in 1892 and remains strong as its graduates serve in Baptist church leadership across the state, nation, and world. Powell exemplifies how NGU leadership and influence flow firmly in SCBC life. A young man who attended, experienced, and was changed at NGU now demonstrates transformational leadership as SCBC president.

A highlight of the event was the transfer of the presidency to Alex Sands, pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville, who will preside over the 2021 Convention. Sands is the first African-American president of the Convention. His wife Shana, an engineer with a large manufacturing firm, serves on the NGU Board and will be the Board secretary in 2021. The transition between out-going president Powell and Sands included a historical perspective from NGU alumnus Marshall Blalock, senior pastor of FBC Charleston, the oldest Baptist church in the South.

In addition to the annual meeting presence, NGU hosted an Alumni and Friends Fellowship Meal during the South Carolina Baptist Pastors' Conference on Monday, Nov. 9. The conference was at River District Church (formerly First Baptist Church of West Columbia). The NGU meal hosted approximately 80 guests. Joyful Sound provided music, and President Fant gave an update on NGU's fall semester activities.

NGU is one of three SCBC-affiliated universities. The University exists to glorify God by cultivating graduates equipped to serve as transformational leaders for church and society.

Learn more about the SCBC and its 200th Annual Meeting. To learn more about NGU's mission opportunities and its nationally recognized academic programs, visit ngu.edu/academics.



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200 Years of Gospel Impact and God Calls SCBC to More
President Fant shared a compelling story of SCBC and NGU's impact from generation to generation at SCBC 200th Annual Meeting.