University Relations // April 20, 2017
South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC) president Keith Shorter was 229 miles from his family’s home in Easley, South Carolina, but he was feeling right at home at Charleston Southern University.
"Four weeks ago my granddaughter was born right across the street here," said Shorter, pointing toward the Trident Medical Center. Shorter’s daughter and son-in-law recently celebrated the birth of his first granddaughter, Lilly.
Shorter, who is a pastor at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, who assumed his new role last November, was back in the Lowcountry on Tuesday, this time, touring CSU, a SCBC member institution.
Shorter said he was impressed at what he had seen and heard about Christian higher education in recent days. "Our three educational institutions are some of the greatest assets we have as a Convention," he said. "I have seen the value in supporting higher education. We are training the next generation of pastors, church planters and missionaries.”
David Eudy, a senior Christian Studies student at CSU, attended a luncheon with the new SCBC president as he spoke to a small group of Charleston Southern administrators and student leaders. Eudy, a Hilton Head native, used the opportunity to share his testimony and thank Shorter and his team for their support.
"I absolutely love this place," Eudy told Shorter. "I wouldn’t be here (CSU) if it wasn't for the scholarship support from the South Carolina Baptist Convention."
Christine Rhyne, a Chesterfield, S.C. native and pre-nursing student at Charleston Southern, echoed the gratitude saying the SCBC scholarship support “opened doors and created opportunities.”
After hearing their stories, Shorter said he was encouraged by the impact the SCBC is having on the next generation of Christian leaders in our community, our state, our country and the world. “This university is training people to share their faith in whatever their vocation they pursue," he said. "It’s great to hear from these students who have a focus on the Great Commission.”
Shorter is a graduate of Carson-Newman University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned his doctor of ministry degree.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.