Worship & Music Office: Who We Are

The Worship & Music Office of the South Carolina Baptist Convention is  led by Mark Powers, director, who began in January 2008. Mark served for 27  years as a full-time Music Minister in four SC congregations from small to  large. A graduate of Furman University and Southern Seminary in Louisville KY,  Mark has directed music groups of all varieties, leading in all styles of  worship through directing, singing, and playing guitar and saxophone.

Janet Altman, ministry assistant, has been serving in this office since  October 2001. Her previous experiences as choral director in area public  schools, children's choir director, pianist, and keyboardist in local churches  have been an asset to her in the Worship & Music Office.

Working with Mark and Janet is a team of consultants that help in  the many areas of worship and music. Each one of them brings their own unique  experiences and knowledge to help us better serve churches. Our current  consultants are:

  • Baptist AllState - Cameron DeBrew
  • Choir Leadership - Keith Watson
  • Children's Camps - Jasmine Lee
  • Creative Ministries - Stephanie Caldwell
  • Keyboard - Cindy Burn

As the Worship & Music Office, we are here to help serve you with needs  in many areas:

  • Monthly support groups for statewide Worship leaders. More details can be found at M3 Resource Groups page.
  • How to start a new worship service to reach new people.
  • Instruction in vocal training and choir/praise team leadership for all  ages.
  • Modern approaches for traditional keyboardists.
  • Collaborative Leadership to guide through times of transition and challence.
  • Bible studies or retreats for your choir, praise team, or other worship  leading groups.
  • Revival, Crusade, or Special Event musical leadership.
  • Substituting on Sunday when your worship leader is absent.
  • Associational or regional music festival leadership.
  • Speaking to your congregation on the theology of worship: “Worship that  transcends style”.
  • Consulting for seasonal productions, musicals and creative worship.
  • Music Minister Search Team training.
  • Time management and organizational skills for busy Worship Leaders.

We have two ministry groups that love to sing & serve across the state and other mission fields:

  • Singing Churchmen - The South Carolina Baptist Singing Churchmen is a men's chorus made up of Music Ministers from across the state serving South Carolina Baptist Churches. It is a member supported group that is approaching 60 years in existence. Each member considers the group to be an extension of his own ministry. For more information & their concert schedule, visit their website: www.singingchurchmen.com
  • SeraphSong - SeraphSong is a member-supported group that has been in existence since 2005. It was formed in order to provide choral experiences of excellence that encourage worship, provide leadership training and offer fellowship and prayer support among women in ministry in South Carolina Baptist churches. The group has shared in ministry in various venues including churches, prisons, nursing homes and community events. For more information & their concert schedule, visit their website: www.scbaptist.org/seraphsong


Worship & Music Office
2014 Events





 August 22-23  Transitional Worship Leader Training  White Oak Conference Center


2015 Events






Jan 30-31

Honors Children's Chorus/YouthSingers

White Oak Conference Center

Jan 30-Feb 1

Baptist AllState Chorus, Orchestra, & Praise Team

White Oak Conference Center

February 23-24 Senior Adult Choir Festival Springmade Resort, Myrtle Beach
 March 7 Creative Ministries Festival  First Baptist Church, Camden
 June 15-19 Youth MusicArts Camp/Summersalt Wk 2  White Oak Conference Center
 July 6-10 Youth MusicArts Camp/Summersalt Wk 5 White Oak Conference Center
 July 27-31 Resonate Kids Camp - Music & Discipleship tracks White Oak Conference Center
 July 29-31 Children's Music Mini-Camp White Oak Conference Center


Please feel free to contact us by phone or email: Toll-Free in SC: 800.723.7242 ext. 2800

Mark Powers: 803-227-6166 or markpowers@scbaptist.org

Janet Altman: 803-227-6168 or janetaltman@scbaptist.org