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Burris honored as Father of the Church

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Bro. John Burris was honored recently for being the oldest male member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. The former trustee, who is 86 years old, received a gift presented by Rev. Albert Gray and pastor, Rev. Lee Byers. Sis. Minnie Hush was also recognized as being the church’s oldest female member.

Profiles for August revival speakers

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church will observe its annual Homecoming Service Sunday August 17th at 11: 00 a.m., and Revival Services Monday through Wednesday August18-20, beginning at 7:00 p.m. nightly. This year’s revival theme is: “Making Preparation for Elevation”.

The speaker for the Sunday, August 17th Homecoming Service will Rev. Jacob Cleo Hunter, Associate Minister at Island Creek Baptist Church.

A Homecoming dinner will be served following morning worship.

Monday, August 18th, the speaker will be Dr. M. K. McDaniel, a passionate preacher and teacher of the gospel serves as the pastor of the 1,300-member Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church located in Spartanburg, SC. Dr. McDaniel’s ministry distinctively promotes reconciliation and redemption in such a way that lives are transformed by the power and mercy found in God’s word.

Dr. McDaniel completed his pastoral studies at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC.  There he served as a Chaplin in the Urban Ministries department of Pastoral Care.  Much of his work focused on ministering to families in financial crisis and homeless men. He has been afforded the opportunity to preach and gives lectures at churches, colleges and universities throughout the country.

In 2011 Dr. McDaniel completed his first written work. Live Your Kingdom Life Now: A Theological Guide To Living By Choice Not By Chance and in 2014 he completed his second written work; If God Be For Us: Pastoral Reflections of Faith and Family Concerning the Black Church. Dr. McDaniel is an honor graduate of Shaw University where he majored in Religion and Philosophy and minored in business management.  He continued graduate and post graduate studies at Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC and at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio receiving a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree respectively. In 2007 Pastor McDaniel was invited to Harvard University to participate in a program that focused on economic development and community revitalization.

He currently serves as Secretary of Spartanburg County Baptist Association, is a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Spartanburg Village Network. He is also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
A native of Winston Salem, N.C. he is a man who loves God and his family.  He is married to Latron McDaniel and the proud father of four beautiful children: Marceo Keith Jr., Madison, Savion, and Kensley.

His favorite scripture is Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Tuesday, August 19th, the speaker will be Dr. Walter R. Belton, Senior Pastor of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Spartanburg, SC.

Rev. Walter R. Belton is a native of Ridgeway, S.C. and has served as pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church for seven years. He received his formal education in the public school system and continued his education at the Professional Training Institute, Midlands Technical Center in 1993, the Christian Life School of Theology in 2000, and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta in 2009. Pastor Belton received his doctorate degree in 2014.

Pastor Belton serves as PTO president and on the School Improvement Advisory Board at Cleveland Elementary School, at the Miracle Hill Rescue mission, on the Habitat for Humanity Board, REACH of the UPSTATE Board, and the Executive Board of the Spartanburg County Baptist Association. Pastor Belton is married to Sharon Elaine Lewis and they have four wonderful children, Daphne Qualls, Moesha, Antronethia, and Josiah Belton.

Wednesday, August 20th, the speaker will be Bishop Dr. J.J. Jackson, Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C.

Pastor Jackson is a native of Chesterfield County, Virginia and the youngest of seven children. Dr. Jackson received his Bachelor or Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from the Richmond Virginia Seminary, Richmond, Virginia. In May 2000, he received his Master of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, S.C. with a Doctoral degree in Ministry in May 2006.

He is also the co-founder of Joy and Strength Ministries and Charles Jackson Ministries, LLC. He is the author of a new book “Outreach Theology; Transitioning the Traditional Church” which provides biblical application to connecting community and church. In April of 2011 Dr. Jackson was consecrated as Bishop.

The Cornerstone Church family has recently completed a multi-million dollar building project and moved into a new sanctuary, life center, and educational complex.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend these services.

Photos: 2014 Mother’s Day

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Photos: Moments in Black History

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Mary Jones and Larry Byers have displayed artifacts that give insight to items used years ago.  Church members are reciting poems, portraying black historians, presenting skits, PowerPoint and other multimedia to make Black History a learning experience for all in attendance.  Everyone is cordially invited to come and learn.


  • Larry Byers and Darrett Lattimore are shown illustrating a horse-drawn farm planter called a distributer that was used to plant cotton seeds, and distribute fertilizer. He also showed a rabbit trap used to trap rabbits for food.
  • Jermaine Greene read a poem by famous poet, Langston Hughes; and sons Jeremiah  Greene portrayed Willie Mayes, and Josiah is portraying Ron McNair, who was killed in the space shuttle Challenger disaster.


Church luminary honored with Mary Gaffney Knuckles Auditorium

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

From a press release:

Mary Gaffney Knuckles’ commitment and 35 years of steadfast service to the Thickety Mountain Baptist Women’s Educational and Missionary Convention will be recognized and memorialized during a dedication ceremony.

The event is scheduled for the Thickety Mountain Associational Building, Old Post Road, Gaffney, SC on Saturday August 17 at 4:00 p.m. Association Moderator Tony Macomson has announced that the auditorium will be named the Mary Gaffney Knuckles Auditorium. Her portrait will hang in the auditorium and a commemorative plaque bearing her name and legacy information will be posted near the entrance. The dedication sermon will be delivered by her pastor, Rev. Lee Byers Jr., of Shady Grove Baptist Church.

The naming of the Mary Gaffney Knuckles Auditorium recognizes her leadership and faithfulness to the Thickety Mountain Women’s Convention, along with her humility, strength, and character. Mary Gaffney Knuckles became the Missionary Convention’s fifth president in 1973, carrying the torch and serving 25 years with zeal and determination until 1998. She was named President Emeritus in 2001.

Her work began (circa 1963) under the tutelage of then President Geneva Jolly who inspired her and many to discharge the Convention’s great purpose and assignment. She served as a ‘Mission Field Worker’ commissioned to witness among the people and church memberships in the associational field. Her task was to tell and encourage the people to work in the Women’s Convention missionary vineyard, promote public and religious education, and Spread the Good News of the Gospel. She also served as the Convention’s treasurer in 1971 and was appointed Supervisor of the Young Women’s Auxiliary in that same year. She financed and erected a sign identifying the Thickety Mountain Missionary Baptist Associational building and its officers when located on Highway #29/Granard Street circa 1975. She implemented the Women’s Convention Missionary Workshop circa 1977 that was held annually, bringing in area and state missionary leaders to teach and provide information. Circa 1973, she organized the Women’s Missionary Convention Choir that sang for the Women’s Convention sessions during Baptist Week each year.

Always striving to improve and move forward, circa 1980 she organized the Ministers Wives Auxiliary and brought them into the convention circle. The group continues to present a forum or skit during the annual sessions, providing instruction to new ministers’ wives and others about the work of kingdom building. In addition, she purchased a brass trophy for an attendance incentive to reward and create a friendly competition between churches. The ‘Attendance Cup’ was awarded to the church having the most persons present at the quarterly Fifth Sunday Missionary Meeting through the years 1980 – 2011. Praise God for the tremendous increase and time of learning, fellowship, and soul-winning.

In 1986, Mary Gaffney Knuckles was recognized by Morris College President, Dr. Luns C. Richardson, for her outstanding leadership on the mission field, support of Christian education, and Morris College. She was awarded the Presidential Citation during the college’s Commencement and Convocation on May 11, 1986.

Under the direction of The Holy Spirit and by faith, President Mary Gaffney Knuckles forged, persevered, and labored with dedicated missionary ladies of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Women’s Missionary Convention to continue the visionary work of their founders and early leaders. Struggling to keep the Women’s Convention alive during dark and difficult times, she held meetings during the winter months using gas space heaters and kerosene lanterns provided by Rev. Knuckles to keep warm.

Never giving up, God enabled her to hold the torch high and sustain and promote the goals of the Women’s Missionary Convention – -Christian and public education, witnessing to the lost, and spreading the Gospel.

To God be the glory for her wonderful helpmate who provided abiding and unfailing support, Rev. London C. Knuckles.

According to Moderator Tony Macomson, as building renovations are completed, naming and dedication services for Dr. J. W. Sanders, Dr. U.D. Vernon, and others who gave many, many years of committed and unshakable service to the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association and its Auxiliaries will be held.

New dance team debuts

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The newly formed Shady Grove Liturgical Praise Dance group debuted Sunday, Aug. 4, during the morning worship.  The group is choreographed by Sister Angie Dawkins.  Sisters Wanda Smith and Joniqua Ingram served as advisors.
The ‘Stars of Praise and Worship’ include:
Ilaysia Ingram, Skyla Phillips, Creatia Bonner, M’ya Bonner, Jayla Smith, Tiffany Bonner, and C. Bonner.

2013 graduates are honored

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Shady Grove Baptist Church honored its 2013 graduates during a special baccalaureate service held recently.  Students graduating from 5-Kindergarten, high school, and college were recognized and received Bibles and inspirational publications from the pastor and church family.

Graduates Pictured left to right are:
Row 1: 5 Yr. Kindergarten graduates  – Cameron Dover, Daytona, Florida;  Kreaysha Bonner, Mary Bramlett Elementary; Ilaysia Ingram, Cannons Elementary, Spartanburg, SC.

Row 2: High school  and college graduates – Quarnika Brown, Associate of Arts Degree, Spartanburg Community College; Diamond Gregory, Gaffney High School; Laquisha Bonner, Certified Medical Assistant, Spartanburg Community College; Damycha Smith, Dorman High School, Spartanburg, SC; Eddikkia Smith, Dorman High School, Spartanburg, SC;

Row 3: Rev. Lee Byers Jr., Pastor, Masters 1, Theology, North Carolina College of Theology; Ms. Marlene Davis, Baccalaureate Speaker, Retiring Principal, Gaffney High School; Associate Minister, Rev. Albert Gray, Masters II, Theology, North Carolina College of Theology;

Not pictured: Chole’ Wilkins –  Kindergarten, Cannons Elementary, Spartanburg, SC;  Quardarius Weeks, Gaffney High School; Krystal Lowery, Associates of Arts Degree, Greenville Technical College.

2013 Mother’s Day

Monday, May 13th, 2013

2013 Mothers Day honorees

Go to our Facebook page to see all the images from our 2013 Mothers Day celebration, sponsored by the Womens Ministry of Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Mothers Day comes early on Facebook

Friday, April 19th, 2013

This is a good time to check out our Facebook page,

In honor of Mothers Day, we’ve added in several photo galleries from past holidays.

The photos bring back great memories and may give you some ideas for celebrating this year.

Spring Break trip to Atlanta

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

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