The Student Board

In the dark ages of the early 2000's, a couple students at Furman University dreamed of a Christian organization that could meet the four main needs of college students: intellectual questioning, honest conversation, tomfoolery, and lots of food. They then set out on a quest to create a community that would incorporate these four essential elements, and Mere Christianity Forum was born. College students continue to be the driving force behind this organization.

2019-2020 MCF Student Officers:

President: Catherine Lippert

Vice President: Sarah McLean

Treasurer: Jonathan McKinney

Religious Council Representative:

Outreach: Morgen Smith & Price St. Clair

We are always looking for MCF student board members! You do not have to be an officer to attend student board meetings, you just have to be interested and passionate about what we do. Contact MCF President Catherine Lippert to get involved!

MCF Staff


Rimes mcelveen

Executive director

Rimes McElveen, Executive Director of Mere Christianity Forum, is a native of Gainesville, GA, who graduated from Furman with a BA in Political Science and Urban Studies. After finishing Furman, he worked for the YMCA and for Bell South before entering Duke University’s Divinity School to earn a Masters of Divinity. While at Duke, Rimes met his wife, Kathryn, who also finished Duke with an MDiv in 2000. Shortly thereafter Rimes and Kathryn married and began working for Hinton Rural Life Center, a United Methodist Mission Agency located in Hayesville, NC. Rimes and Kathryn went on to serve as pastors of United Methodist churches in northern Georgia and North Carolina. Rimes served as Sr. Pastor of Bethelview UMC in Cumming, GA, and Bethpage UMC in Kannapolis, NC before joining MCF as the Executive Director in July of 2007.




Originally from Port St. Lucie, Florida, Heather Wynn is a 2012 graduate of Furman University, where she majored in art with a concentration in art history. During her collegiate years, she was a hall staff leader, involved with Furman University Outdoor Club, a member of the Greenbelt Community, and participated in various MCF programs.

Since graduation, she and her husband David (also a Furman graduate) moved to Charleston, S.C., where she served as Nursery Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul. These roles gave her the unique opportunity to explore her passions in ministry, caring for children, communication, organization, design, and serving the urban mid-town community of Charleston. After nearly four years in the low country, she and her husband moved back to their beloved Greenville in 2018.