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.

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.”

 

sherri CARSWELL-WHITTINGTON

director of operations & Development

Sherri is charged with establishing  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.

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.