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SGBC to honor pastor’s 10th anniversary

Monday, March 7th, 2016
The Rev. and Mrs. Lee Byers Jr.

The Rev. and Mrs. Lee Byers Jr., from 2011

The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will honor Rev. Dr. Lee Byers, Jr. and First Lady Esther Byers on their Tenth Pastoral Anniversary during a special service on Sunday March 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The praise and worship service will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Speaking for the 4:00 p.m. occasion will be Bishop Charles JJ Jackson, Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC. He will be accompanied by his choirs and congregation.

Rev. and First Lady Byers have served the Shady Grove Church family for ten years and are God’s servants for kingdom building. Pastor Byers serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association, member of the Thickety Mountain Association Trustee Board, President of the Thickety Mountain Non-Denominational Ministerial Alliance, member of the Greater Gaffney Ministerial Association, and an advisor to the Thickety Mountain Brotherhood Auxiliary. He is also a very active member and participant in all activities of the Cherokee County “Giving Back” Organization. Rev. Byers recently received the Doctor of Theology Degree from the Carolina College of Theology.

Rev. Dr. Byers is married to Esther Montgomery Byers of Gaffney, and they have five adult children and ten grandchildren. First Lady Byers serves as a member of the Shady Grove Deaconess and Women’s Ministry, the music ministry, and an advisor to the Young Women’s Auxiliary. She also serves as a Youth Supervisor and a member of the Thickety Mountain Ministers Wives Auxiliary.

The Youth Choir will provide special music during the morning worship service.

Everyone is cordially invited to be with us as we give God the praise and celebrate this momentous occasion.

Miss South Carolina Daja Dial to speak at Black History program

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

2015 Miss South Carolina Daja DialMiss South Carolina 2015 Daja Dial will be the guest speaker for the Black History Month Celebration to be held Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Gaffney High School.

The Clemson University student is the third African American to be crowned Miss South Carolina. She was a Top 7 finalist for the Miss America title in September 2015. She is a native of Jonesville, South Carolina.

The Rev. Antionette Gardner, a radio personality at WFGN 1180 will host the program. The Gaffney High School Honor Choir, Young Starz of Elite Dance, Shady Grove Praise Dance Team, Marsheka Wray and Ursula Anderson and other groups from the community are scheduled to perform.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is one or more canned good items, which will be donated to the Indian Hill Baptist Church Soup Kitchen.

Gaffney High School is located at 149 Twin Lake Rd, Gaffney, SC 29341.

November 2015 upcoming events

Monday, November 9th, 2015
Rev. Dewey Whittenburg

Rev. Dewey Whittenburg

  • The Shady Grove Baptist Church Gospel Choir will celebrate its 45th anniversary with Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. on Nov. 15. The guest speaker for this service will be the Rev. Dewey Whittenburg, associate minister of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church.
  • Shady Grove Baptist Church will have its annual Senior Citizens Day service on Sunday, Nov. 22, during the 11 a.m. morning worship service.  The Rev. Dr. Albert Gray will be the speaker. A ‘Soup Luncheon’ will follow immediately after the morning worship in the Rev. L. C. Knuckles Family Life Center. Everyone is asked to bring a pot of their favorite soup, cornbread, and/or crackers. Sister Dorothy Manning is the Senior Missionary President.
  • The Shady Grove Usher Ministry will have its annual program on Sunday Nov. 29th during the 11:00 morning worship service. Sister Geneva Palmer will be the guest speaker. She is the president of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association Usher Auxiliary. She is also a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church of Gaffney. Sister Deborah Littlejohn is president of the Shady Grove Usher Auxiliary.
  • The Rev. Antoine Murray called to glory

    Sunday, September 20th, 2015

    The Rev. Antoine Murray

    The Rev. Antoine Murray

    Tragic news today of the passing of the Rev. Antoine Murray, a son of Shady Grove with family relations throughout the church family, including being the son-in-law of Dea. and Mrs. Arthur Dover.

    The Rev. Murray was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Spartanburg and served in the youth ministry when he accepted the call to preach. In 2001, he joined Shady Grove Baptist Church, where he continued to minister. He attended Emmanuel Baptist College and American Baptist College and Seminary.

    We’ll post more information as it becomes available.

    The Rev. Antoine Murray and wife, Anne

    The Rev. Antoine Murray and wife, Anne


    Association to honor the Rev. L.C. Knuckles

    Friday, September 18th, 2015
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    Shady Grove’s own Rev. London C. Knuckles will be honored by the 138th Annual Session of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association. The Rev. Knuckles, who died in June of this year, is being recognized for his 45 years of service to the Association.

    The session will be held Sept. 26-30, 2015, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Gaffney. The Rev. Freddy Davidson is their pastor.

    This year’s theme is “Envisioning the Future Exceptionally,” focusing on the process for progress, taken from Genesis 26:13, “The man began to prosper and continued prospering and he became very prosperous.”

    The Rev. Tony Macomson is moderator of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association.

    Byers Family Reunion to worship at Shady Grove

    Monday, July 6th, 2015

    Rev. Hazel Logan Sr. will be the guest speaker for the Byers Family Reunion at Shady Grove Baptist Church on Sunday, July 12, at 11:00 a.m.

    Rev. Logan is the Associate Pastor of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Grover, N.C., under Senior Pastor William Thompson. He completed theological and seminary studies through the Gaston Baptist Association and was ordained in 1996.

    Everyone is cordially invited to attend this service.

    Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr. is Pastor

    Graduates, student achievers to be honored

    Monday, July 6th, 2015

    Shady Grove Baptist Church will honor 2015 Graduates and 4th Nine Weeks Outstanding Students Sunday, July 12th, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Graduates and their parents will be recognized.

    The Education Committee is coordinating the event and will provide awards for each student honored.

    Hyacinth Phillips is Education Committee President.
    Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor

    The Rev. L.C. Knuckles passes

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

    It is with much regret we report that Rev. London C. Knuckles passed earlier today. He has gone to join his wife and Holy Father in Heaven. Please pray for his earthly family and the Shady Grove Baptist Church family. We’ll post more information as it becomes available.

    Phillips to speak for Father’s Day Service

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

    Minister Al Phillips, Associate Minister at Shady Grove will speak during the church’s annual Father’s Day Service Sunday June 21st during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The program theme is: “Looking for a Few Good Men” – The Challenge to be a Man of God.”

    Minister Phillips has served in the Shady Grove vineyard including the Sunday School, Van Ministry, Usher Ministry, Evangelism Ministry, Armor Bearer Ministry, Sound/Video Ministry, Trustee Ministry, and was ordained into the Deacons Ministry in 2012.

    Phillips initially ministered to the community through his work as a medical technician, personal trainer, bodybuilder, and fitness instructor. He shared the word of God in neighborhoods, at church activities, association programs, and town hall events speaking in churches to youth and civic groups emphasizing that our bodies are the temples of God.

    He is married to Hyacinth Jones Phillips and they have two daughters, Skyla Grace and Jaila Brianna Phillips. He attended Anderson College (University), and served as a decorated United States Marine during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Al is the son of the Late Albert and Shirley Goodman.

    The Shady Grove Men’s Ministry will be in charge of the Father’s Day worship service. All fathers will receive special recognition.

    The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

    Deacon James Pearson is Chairman of the Deacons Ministry

    Trustee Thompson receives Humanitarian Award

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

    Jay Thompson, a Trustee at Shady Grove Baptist Church, recently received ‘The Humanitarian Award.’

    Thompson was cited for his commitment to the church. In presenting the award, Senior Missionary Ministry President Dorothy Manning stated that Thompson takes seriously his responsibilities and continually exercises oversight and care of the church’s properties, buildings, grounds, and equipment.

    She indicated that he daily monitors to assure that all is well and exemplifies extreme love and concern for his church.

    The Senior Missionary Ministry presents this award annually to a deserving and committed person who shows extreme commitment and concern for the church, or for individuals who are sick and /or in need in the community.

    Last year’s Humanitarian Award winner was Deaconess Kathy Byers.

    The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

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