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.
Rimes was ordained to Christian ministry in the summer of 2001 by First Baptist Church, Gainesville, GA, and after serving in Methodist churches for several years became a member of the Order of Elders in the United Methodist Church. Kathryn is also an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and they are both members of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the UMC. Kathryn has become a certified leadership coach and is the president and founder of InVision Ventures, a coaching, training, and consulting company.
Rimes and Kathryn have four children they adore, three boys and a girl, two of whom they adopted from Haiti and North Carolina. The McElveen’s enjoy making their home in Travelers Rest and Rimes loves his work with Mere Christianity Forum serving the Furman and greater Greenville community, particularly undergraduates, with MCF’s unique blend of “faith, reason, and tomfoolery.”
director of operations
Sherri is the Director of Operations and is charged with developing and implementing internal systems, operational practices, and organizational strategies to strengthen MCF and Vista House institutionally and facilitate the organization’s growth and development.
A native of North Carolina, Sherri attended University of North Carolina undergrad and UVA –Darden School for grad school. She has spent her business career translating benefits of new technologies to end-users —whether the benefit of microwave ovens to consumers in the 80s or the business benefits of massively parallel processing to IT leaders today. Sherri’s most recent role was leading the marketing organization for a tech startup in Vancouver. Prior to that she had various leadership roles at Teradata Corporation and Duke Energy.
Sherri is passionate about intentional community and serving up radical hospitality. Since arriving in Greenville she served a 3-year term on MCF Board of Directors, Executive Committee Secretary and lead for Strategic Planning initiative. In Greenville, she has served in Support Circles at Triune Mercy Center, as volunteer in the Girl Scouts of Mountains to Midlands region, Education Track Chair for the Greenville Urban Farm Tour and is the community garden coordinator for her neighborhood. And has enjoyed such great opportunities as being Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build project manager, a cookbook co-author, recipe tester for Cooks Illustrated magazine, Warehouse242 church (EPC) -Ruling Elder and has done numerous stays at L’Abri centers around the globe.
Sherri and her husband Tom have really enjoyed getting to know Furman students and the Upstate area since moving here in 2011. Sherri loves cooking (obviously), reading, camping and ACC basketball.
Mary Susan Fiedler
Pastoral Ministry Intern
Mary Susan is a born and raised South Carolinian, and has always called the upstate home. She traded the small town life for city life here in Greenville after graduating from Furman University in 2012.
Since graduation, Mary Susan worked for Greenville based marketing agency, Brains on Fire. She worked there as the office manager, and in the accounting department, and she was able to exercise her skills in organization and dabble in creativity. Over the past year, she began to feel a call to ministry, and through a series of divinely inspired events, she came across the Pastoral Ministry Internship with MCF. In this internship she will gain experience in pastoral care, while having time and space to discern her calling further. She's excited to be back on Furman's campus, and is looking forward to journeying with students.
When she's not on the clock, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Gaines, and their 2 dogs, Tank and Taz.
Kristan Pitts is the Graduate Intern with Mere Christianity Forum. She is a native of Greenville, SC and chose to serve in her community after graduating from Converse College, where she studied Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Her life’s work embodies the audacity to impact her community through faith-based works. Kristan has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors where she has evolved as an emerging leader in her community. In addition, to her work with MCF she serves as the JustFaith Greenville Community Coordinator with Mill Community Ministries. When Kristan isn’t busy fulfilling her work, she enjoys experiencing other cultures through food and music.