Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The South Carolina Baptist Convention recently presented Sen. Larry Grooms its 2013 Public Servant Award.
The award was given during the Convention’s 193rd annual meeting held Nov. 12-13 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia.
“Sen. Grooms’ years in the upper body reveal a voting record that consistently stands up for the Christian principles of life, marriage, and religious liberties,” said Pastor Hal Lane, a former President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. “God ordained government to protect the good.
“Sen. Grooms’ service is a living testimony of fulfillment of these duties for the betterment of our state.”
“I’m humbled and grateful,” Grooms saud. “I have so much respect for this award and this convention. As a state and as a nation, we are blessed. We are a city on a hill, the light of the world. God calls on us to let our light shine everywhere.
“There’s no reason to hide the light as we carry out public service.”
The convention’s Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee cited Grooms’ primary sponsorship and advocacy of a provision allowing public school districts to offer elective courses on the history and literature of the Old and New Testaments. The Committee also noted that he “favors limiting the expansion of gambling, supports pro-life issues, advocates marriage between one man and one woman, encourages stringent drunk-driving legislation, and works to secure religious liberty in South Carolina.”
Grooms represents District 37, which includes parts of Berkeley and Charleston counties. He is a small business owner and member of Pointe North Community Church in Moncks Corner. He and his wife Carol have three sons.
The South Carolina Baptist Convention was formed in 1821 and was the first state Baptist convention in the United States. The Convention serves as a resource for evangelism, missions, education, benevolence, social ministries, and public morals. It represents some 2,100 churches and their nearly 700,000 members.