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Pastoral anniversary March 16th

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will honor the Rev. Lee Byers, Jr. and First Lady Esther Byers on their 8th Pastoral Anniversary during a special service on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.

Speaking for this occasion will be the Rev. C. A. Wallace, pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Gaffney. He will be accompanied by his choirs and congregation.

Rev. Byers serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association, member of the Thickety Mountain Association Trustee Board, Vice President of the Association Ministerial Alliance, 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. He also received the Bachelor in Theology Degree from North Carolina College of Theology in spring of 2012.

Rev. Byers is married to the former Esther Montgomery of Gaffney, and they have five adult children and ten grandchildren.

The Gospel Choir will be providing 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.

Freeman to speak at Woman’s Day Program

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Women’s Ministry will observe their annual Woman’s Day Program on Sunday, Feb. 23, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service.

The guest speaker will be Minister Lula J. Freeman.  She is an associate of Encounter Church of Gaffney, under the leadership of Joey Turner.

The program theme is, “Let’s Stand Firm on the Word of God”.

First Lady Esther Byers is the program chairperson.  The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

‘Men of Shady Grove’ service Dec. 8

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The Shady Grove Deacons and Men are pictured preparing for their annual program on Sunday December 8th at 4:00 p.m.  The program theme is “100 MEN ON THE BATTLEFIELD – FIGHTING FOR THE LORD.”

Pictured left to right are:

Row 1: Rev. Lee Byers Jr., Pastor, Rev.  Ricky Young (Lewis Chapel Church), Deacon Dean Dover, Associate Minister Rev. Albert Gray, Deacon Al Phillips, Deacon Jermaine Greene, Deacon Eugene Manning, and Associate Minister and Pastor Emeritus, Rev. London  C. Knuckles.

Row 2: Deacon James Byers, Quinton Littlejohn, Deacon Lucious Jones, Deacon James Pearson, and Rev. Antwan Murray.

Row 3: Trustee Kenny Norris, Charles Tate, Romain Fernanders, and Deacon Clarence Dover.

Row 4: Trustee Eddie Hollis, Deacon Darrett Lattimore, Deacon James Shippy, Trustee Frederick Dover, Johnny Greene (Lewis Chapel Church), Trustee Jay Thompson, and Trustee Julitan Foster.


Speaking on the program will be

Deacon Harold Dean Littlejohn from Bethel Baptist Church

Dea. Cossie B. Knuckles from Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Dea. Calvin Leach from Mikes Creek Baptist Church, and

Dea. Lewis Blanton from Concord Baptist Church.

A number of All Male Choirs will be singing on the program including the Concord All Male Choir, Mt. Sinai All Male Choir, Mike’s Creek All Male Choir, and others.

Leading the praise and worship period will be the Limestone and Mt. Tabor All Male Choirs.

Everyone is cordially invited to join with the ‘Men of Shady Grove’ during this service.

Men are asked to wear black or dark suits if possible.

Program Chair is Deacon Al Phillips. The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is Pastor

August Revival speakers announced

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The Shady Grove Baptist Church will observe its annual Homecoming Service Sunday August 18th; and Revival Services August19, 20, 21, (Monday through Wednesday), beginning at 7:00 p.m. nightly.

The revival theme: “We are SHIFTING With the ATMOSPHERE.”

Rev. Cornelius Bonner, a son of Shady Grove, will deliver the Homecoming message on Sunday, Aug. 18th, at 11:00 a.m.  The Homecoming Dinner will be served following the morning worship service.

Guest revival speakers for Monday through Wednesday – August19-21st:

  • Monday night -/Pastor Keith McDaniel, Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC.
  • Tuesday Night  - Rev. Walter Belton, Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC.
  • Wednesday Night – Bishop JJ Jackson, Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend these services. Come prepared to receive and be a blessing.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr., is pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church

Missionary Day on July 28th

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013


The fourth Sunday in July the Missionary Ministry will sponsor "Missionary Day" during the morning worship services and Minister Angelia Early will be the guest speaker.

The Senior Missionary and the YWA’s will be in charge of the service.

About the speaker

Reverend Angelia Early is a native of Shelby, North Carolina; she was educated in the Cleveland County, North Carolina Schools. She received an Associate of Art Degree in Religion from Agape Bible College, Gastonia, North Carolina.

She accepted her call in to the ministry and preached her initial sermon “You Have Been Born Once, But Have You Been Born Again” in 1991 at The St. James Baptist Church. She was ordained by the Gaston Baptist Association in 1999.  She has worked diligently serving as the Assistant Pastor and the Past Orientation Director, Director of Couples Ministry, and Sunday School Teacher.

Rev. Early is currently a member at Concord Baptist Church in Gaffney, S.C. under the ministry of Dr. Michael Bridges, Senior Pastor.

In the community Rev. Early has served as a Clergy Assistant for the Gaston Memorial Hospital and as a Volunteer for the Dallas Correctional Facilities. She is also trained as a Chaplain for Gaston Hospice and Wendover Hospice of Shelby

Rev. Early has been married to her best friend, Deacon Eugene Early, Jr. for over thirty years. They have two children Larie Carthen and Justin Eugene Early. They also have one grandson, Ashtin Early and a Son- in-law Shon Carthen.

Motto: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Youth to present Twilight Youth Explosion on Aug. 2nd

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Youth Department will present a ‘Twilight Youth Explosion’ on Friday August 2, 2013 beginning at twilight, 8:00 p.m.

If you’re ready for a night of fun, praise and worship, this youth explosion will be the time to discover and ignite who we are in Christ.  Praise Teams, Step Teams, Choirs, Mime performers, Praise Dancers are all invited to come and offer their talents to God.

Lots of food and school supplies will be provided.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and praise the name of Jesus for all the great things He has done.

For additional information, contact Mrs. Syreeta Greene at 864-431-4706, or [email protected]

Other Youth coordinators are Ms. LaDonna Tate and Mrs. Shakila Lattimore.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr., is pastor.

Shady Grove Praise Singers 34th Anniversary

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The ‘Shady Grove Praise Singers Ministries’ will celebrate their 34th anniversary with ‘A Friends and Family Song Fest’ on Sunday, June 2nd, at 4 p.m.

The Praise and Worship service will begin at 3:30 with the Limestone Baptist Church Praise Team.

The program theme is: “THIS PLACE” – I’m so Glad I met Jesus; And I’m Living my Life in This Place!

Guests to sing on the program:

  • The Ebenezer Angelics
  • The Joy Lights of Gaffney
  • Mt. Sinai Inspirations
  • Kaprice and Triumphant Praise Ministries, and Others

The public is cordially invited to attend this service of praise and worship.

Bro. Fred Dover is the choir President

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

YWAs to crown 2013 ‘Walking Doll’ this Saturday

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The Thickety Mountain Young Women’s Auxiliary (YWA) will present its Bi-Annual Program on Saturday April 27, at Limestone Baptist Church on South Johnson Street where the pastor is the Rev. Golden.  The program will convene at  5:00 p.m.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr., pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.  Climaxing the program will be the crowning of ‘Little Miss 2013 Walking Doll’. The YWA Countywide Choir will sing and the Shady Grove Praise Dancers will perform.

Stephanie Tate is director of the YWA choir.

President Shanese Dawkins urges everyone to be on time and please submit all funds no later than 4:15 p.m. on Saturday April 27.

‘Extreme Makeover’ prayer breakfast

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

The senior missionary of Shady Grove Baptist Church will sponsor a prayer breakfast on Saturday, April 20, from 9:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m.

Their theme is “The Extreme Makeover” and the guest speakers are:

  • Minister Timena Sarratt, Associate Minister of Fountain of Life Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S. C.
  • Minister Linda Martin, Associate Minister of St. Peters of Grover, N.C.
  • Sis. Mary Whittenburg of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church of Gaffney, S. C.

All are invited to attend; breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Houze to speak at pastor’s anniversary

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The Rev. Bobby Houze will be the guest speaker for Rev. Lee Byers and First Lady Esther Byers’ Seventh Pastoral Anniversary service scheduled for Sunday March 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Houze is a Shelby native. He answered the call into God’s ministry and received his license to preach in 1985. He was ordained in March 1987.

Bobby Houze  Pastor  CROPPED shady grove speaker New Hope Bapt church 2013 He now serves as Pastor and Teacher of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The anointed calling on his life has inspired and triggered the congregation to achieve higher levels of spiritual, educational, and physical growth. Pastor Houze is an inspiring man of God who has a deep desire to win souls for Christ. He is committed to serving God, dedicated to following God’s vision for his church, and excited as God continues to do “exceedingly, abundantly, above all he could or think” within his life and ministry (Ephesians 3:30).

His sincere love for God’s people has led him to minister the Word of God abroad to both the West Indies and Haiti. His leadership abilities have been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. He was featured in the 2001 edition of Gospel Today as one of America’s Most Loved Pastors. In October 2004, Pastor Houze was appointed Chairperson of Evangelism of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.

Pastor Houze has received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Theology from Emmanuel Baptist Seminary, Doctor of Ministry degree from Emmanuel Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Shaw University.

He is married to Dora Roberts Houze, and they have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend this celebration of ministry.

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