MCF Staff

Rimes mcelveen

Executive director

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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.

heather Wynn 

Operations Coordinator

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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, SC, 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. 

If she isn’t at the Vista House or Furman, you can find Heather reorganizing her home, attempting to cook, or exploring the great outdoors with her husband. 

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tedra shepherd

Graduate Intern

Tedra is a 2018 Furman graduate who studied Public Health and Religion.  Her hometown is Charlotte NC.

She is also the current site coordinator for Momentum Bike Club whose mission is to positively impact Greenville youth (ages 10-18) through mentoring relationships, cycling, and developmental support (internships, youth seminars, trips, and workforce development).

In her spare time Tedra enjoys watching Netflix, hanging out with friends and cooking new recipes.