to shut down

Written by Administrator on April 7th, 2017

Barring unforeseen changes, the website for Shady Grove Baptist Church,, will be going away soon.

Webmaster Terry Manning explained that problems with the site’s hosting service is causing the change.

Manning said, “Recent visitors to the site have probably seen more error pages than regular pages, and that poor customer service is not something we want associated with Shady Grove.”

The website was launched in February 2002 as an outreach for the church.

“I don’t recall that many, if any, other churches in Gaffney had web pages at that time,” Manning said. “I definitely wanted Shady Grove to be the first black church in Gaffney and the first church in the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association to have a page.”

In the beginning, the site featured photos, announcements and a message board with news and commentary on weekly church activities. Updates curtailed when Manning moved to take employment in another state.

“For better or worse, the bulk of the content has come from me. I’ve been the main editor, writer, photographer,” Manning said. Deaconess Mary K. Jones was a primary contributor also, often copying Manning on emails sent to local newspapers.

Reflecting the growth of social media, a Facebook page was launched in July 2010 to make it easier for church members to find and share news.

“Some of the content from the old site — mostly photos — will be archived on the Facebook page,” Manning said. “I recently added a few more contributors so hopefully more news and more current news will be added without having to rely me on so much. But it’s been a privilege.”

Find Shady Grove on Facebook at


Church will honor Byers’ 11th anniversary; Phillips to speak

Written by Administrator on March 6th, 2017

The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will honor Rev. Dr. Lee Byers, Jr. and First Lady Esther Byers on their Eleventh Pastoral Anniversary culminating with a special service on Sunday March 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

The praise and worship service will begin at 2:45 p.m.


Shady Grove Associate Minister, Rev. Al Phillips will be the speaker for the 11:00 morning service. Rev. Dr. M. Keith McDaniel, Sr., Pastor of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C. will be the guest speaker for the 3:00 p.m. service. He will be accompanied by his choirs and congregation.

Rev. and First Lady Byers have served the Shady Grove Church family for eleven years and are God’s servants for kingdom building. Pastor Byers is a son of Shady Grove and serves as member of the Executive Board of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association, the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association Trustee Board, President of the Thickety Mountain Non-Denominational Ministerial Alliance, member of the Greater Gaffney Ministerial Association, an advisor to the Thickety Mountain Brotherhood Auxiliary, and an annual teacher with the Thickety Mountain Congress of Christian Education. He is also a very active member and participant in all activities of the Cherokee County “Giving Back” Organization. Rev. Byers received the bachelor and master’s degrees from the North Carolina College of Theology and his doctorate degree from Carolina College of Theology. He has published a book entitled, “The Fundamentals of Faith”. Rev. Byers’ first pastorate position was with the Lewis Chapel Baptist Church, affiliated with the Tyger River Baptist Association, Glendale, SC for12 years.

Rev. Byers has long worked to keep the art form of “rote singing” alive and has organized Hymn Choirs at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Mt. Calvary Church in White Stone, SC., Majority Baptist Church in Spartanburg, Mikes Creek Baptist Church in Gaffney, and New Hope Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC. He is renowned for his ability to “raise hymns” in various meters as Common Meter (CM), Long Meter (LM), Short Meter (SM), and other meters. The song’s meter indicates the melody line and rhythm. This style of singing dates back to slavery when lead singers in the fields would announce the meter and the words to the song and the others would follow.

Rev. Byers is married to the former Esther Montgomery Byers of Gaffney, and they have five adult children and twelve grandchildren. First Lady Byers serves as a member of the Shady Grove Women’s Ministry, a Youth Supervisor, an advisor to the Young Women’s Ministry (YWA), 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. An anniversary luncheon will be provided immediately following the service.

Trustee Julitan Foster is Chairperson of the Shepherd’s Care Ministry
James Pearson is Chairman of the Deacons Ministry
The Rev. Dr. Lee Byers is Pastor


‘Old-timey’ dinner highlights Black History Month events

Written by Administrator on February 28th, 2017

Shady Grove Baptist Church celebrated Black History Month with special “Moments in History’ each Sunday in February during the 11:00 morning worship service.

Black History trailblazers were displayed in the sanctuary as well as artifacts. Sunday School classes presented a short program each Sunday including PowerPoint presentations, Praise Dances, and students delivering tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The students shared their dreams with the audience.

The Senior Missionary coordinated the February 19 service with church members dressing in vintage attire worn by churchgoers in decades past. After service, an “old-timer” dinner was served featuring the cuisine of slaves, and food eaten during the Depression days. The menu included rabbit, deer hash, hog tails, hog feet, crackling cornbread, molasses, and of course, contemporary foods. Rev. Dewey Whittenburg delivered the “Black History” message.

Dea. Jermaine Greene is superintendent of the Sunday School.
Sis. Dorothy Manning is the president of the Senior Missionaries.
The Rev. Dr. Lee Byers is pastor


Junior Ushers participate in Black History activities

Written by Administrator on February 28th, 2017

Shady Grove Baptist Church Junior Ushers served during Black History activities on Sunday, Feb. 26.

They are pictured left to right, front row: Kimaria Gregory and Shakira Lattimore; second row: Josiah Greene, Dallas Smith, Shaniyah Lattimore, Peyton Byers, Cyani Foster, and Jeremiah Greene; back row: Deborah Littlejohn, coordinator of ushers ministry, and Dakota Smith.

The Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr., is pastor


Christmas Day 2016

Written by Administrator on January 1st, 2017

Shady Grove honors veterans

Written by Administrator on November 21st, 2016

SGBC honored members of its church family and their relatives who served the nation’s armed forces during morning service on Nov. 13. We thank them for their service.




Shady Grove will honor veterans Nov. 13

Written by Administrator on November 8th, 2016
Veterans honored, November 2015

Veterans honored, November 2015

Shady Grove Baptist Church will honor veterans during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Nov. 13, with special recognition and tributes.

November 11th of each year is the day designated to let veterans know that Americans deeply appreciate their commitment, bravery, and sacrifices.

Veterans Day honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead but Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their dedicated and loyal service to their country.

Hymns for each branch of the US military will be played and sung.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend.



Audio from NAACP 39th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Written by Administrator on November 1st, 2016

The clip below is recovered audio from the Cherokee County NAACP’s 39th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Bethel Baptist Church in the Rev. Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Education and Conference Center in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Gaffney native William Manning Sr. of Charlotte, North Carolina, was the keynote speaker and shared thoughts on the night’s hall of fame inductees, the Rev. Dr. Kerwin Wray and the Rev. London C. Knuckles.

Audio of Manning’s complete speech will be posted if it becomes available.


World Day of Prayer on Nov. 7 at Limestone Baptist

Written by Administrator on October 31st, 2016

The Thickety Mountain Woman’s Missionary Convention will sponsor the annual “World Day of Prayer” on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Limestone Baptist Church, 807 S. Johnson St. in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Everyone is invited to come and join in prayer as a community.

Coordinated by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Women’s Department, this year’s theme is: “ARISE, SHINE: When we Rise up, Jesus Shines Through Community,” based on Matthew 5:14, 16.

“ …Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.. .. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Baptist women around the world will be praying for lost people everywhere. If you are concerned about our community, country, and the world, we encourage you to come for this time of prayer. This invitation is extended to the entire community, men, women, boys, and girls. Together we are Stronger!

Dr. Caryer D. Rector, is the moderator-elect. Mrs. Shirley Smith is Senior Missionary president-elect.

The Rev. Michael Golden is pastor of Limestone Baptist Church


‘Pink Sunday’ Breast Cancer Awareness event on Oct. 16th

Written by Administrator on October 13th, 2016
From 2014 Pink Sunday observance

From 2014 “Pink Sunday” observance

Shady Grove Baptist Church and the Women’s Ministry will observe “Pink Sunday” on Sunday, Oct. 16, during the 11 a.m. worship service.   

The Women’s Ministry commemorates Breast Cancer Month annually to focus attention on this dreadful disease and to raise funds to aid cancer victims, their families, and to support cancer research.  Cancer survivors will be recognized during the program and a special memorial will be held to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer.

A ‘Pink Tea’ and Salad Luncheon will be held immediately following the service.

Persons attending the program are asked to wear pink if possible; men can wear pink shirts and/or pink neckties.  A special offering will be taken on Sunday October 16th and 28th to support the American Cancer Society.

Deaconesses Syreeta Greene and Dorothy Manning are the program coordinators

Shady Grove Baptist Church is located at 712 Green River Road in Gaffney, S.C.

The Rev. Dr. Albert Gray is the Ministry Leader

The Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr., is pastor.