Staff & Board
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fortenberry Bebber brings both nonprofit and leadership experience to United Ministries, encompassing fundraising, communications, board engagement, partnership development, and organizational planning.
Between 2008 and 2020, she worked for Christ House in Washington, DC (most recently as executive director), a medical respite organization that provides dignifying healthcare to sick and homeless persons. Lizzie delights in working for a more loving, just, and equitable world, and finds this work realized through communities and partnerships who are committed to hope, healing, and radical hospitality.
Over the last decade, Lizzie and her family have had the privilege of living in an intentional community alongside a group of formerly homeless men. Life there has truly shaped her call to work diligently for racial equality and reconciliation. Additionally, it has illuminated for her the guiding truth that no one is ever beyond the reach of healing and transformation.
Born and raised in Clinton, Mississippi, Lizzie is an ordained Baptist minister. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University and was ordained by Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.
A lover of people, making connections, and preparing and enjoying beautiful meals around the table, Lizzie is most alive when people come together to find common purpose, share together around life’s joys and sorrows, and find spaces of connection which remind us that we’re never meant to live this life alone.
She is the proud mother to Eli (8) and Annette (4), and lucky partner on life’s journey with her husband, Eric.
Executive Director (retired)
Tony McDade joined the United Ministries staff as executive director in July 2016. Formerly the executive director at Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN, 2003-2016), McDade has much experience in social ministry enterprises in both Carolinas. GAIHN, a shelter-to-housing ministry with homeless families, joined with United Ministries in mid-2016 as a premier example of how the synergy and capacity of collective impact can benefit participants, agencies, and the community at large.
A native of Union, SC, Tony is a graduate of Furman University (B.A. in history, 1979), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, 1982), and Columbia Theological Seminary (PCUSA, Doctor of Ministry, 2001). An ordained Baptist minister, Tony has served as an educator and administrator in several congregations, including First Baptist Church, Statesville, NC (1996-2003) and First Baptist Church, Clemson, SC (1987-1996).
Tony’s wife, Cam, is retired after 36 years as a special education teacher, most recently at Fork Shoals Elementary School. Their daughter, Jennifer Murphy, is a teacher at Robert E. Cashion Elementary; her husband, Jeremy, is an administrator at Sterling School; and their daughter, Ainsley (age 5), will be in the Furman Class of 2034! Son Andrew is case manager and operations director at Triune Mercy Center in Greenville. His wife, Ashley, is employed by Greenville Mental Health Center.
Tony provides strategic leadership for a superb team of thirty social work professionals whose endeavors distinguish United Ministries locally and across our state. He enjoys hiking, tennis, historical literature, and is an accomplished Geocacher.
Director of Programs & Operations
Ethan Friddle first came to United Ministries in 1998 as a college intern participating in a vocational exploration program at Furman University. During this formative experience, he was mentored by Reverend Beth Templeton, who educated him on the dynamics of poverty in Greenville, and by Reverend Steve McDonald, who taught him the finer points of being a rascal.
After graduating with a B.A. in Religion in 2000, Ethan married his college sweetheart Christa, and together they attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where their course of study included poverty immersion experiences in Trenton, New Jersey, and the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington.
Upon graduating with Master of Divinity degrees in 2004, they returned to Greenville in order for Ethan to join the staff of United Ministries as an Academic Counselor in the Adult Education Program. Ethan particularly valued the opportunities that this work afforded him to work one-on-one with persons seeking not only academic and employment achievement, but more importantly, improved well-being. Seeking to be a more capable facilitator in these efforts, Ethan returned to school to earn a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health from Clemson University in 2012, and is now a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Succeeding years in various positions at United Ministries have provided him many opportunities to hone these relational skills, as well as to develop more effective programming and establish new agency partnerships in the community.
From 2014-2016, Ethan was honored to serve as Interim Executive Director while one of these agency partnerships matured, resulting in the joining together of United Ministries and GAIHN in the shared effort to address poverty in Greenville.
Jade Fountain, MPA, CFRE
Director of Mission Advancement
Rev. Dr. Baxter Wynn
Assistant Director of Mission Advancement
Janna H. Lusk
Community Resource Manager
Emily Kodat, MBA
Mission Advancement Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator (vol.)
Food Donation Coordinator (vol.)
AmeriCorps VISTA member
Benefit Bank Coordinator
Associate Director of Integrated Services
Financial Services Coordinator
Susan Boykin, ACSW, LISW-CP (S)
Mental Health Counselor
Dr. Lisa Hall
Student Resource Specialist
Mary Allen Murphy
Our Current Board of Directors
Frances Poe, President — Director of Asset Management, Hughes Commercial Properties
Jim Akerhielm, Vice President — Retired CEO, Community Volunteer
Debbie Cooper, Treasurer — Director of Donor Services, Community Foundation of Greenville
Betsy Boaze, LMSW, Secretary — Community Volunteer
Matthew Covington — Co-Founder, Broadstreet Partners
Katherine Smoak Davis — Founder, Smoak Public Relations
Bob Dillon — Retired CEO, Community Volunteer
Tom Evelyn —Vice President for University Communications, Furman University
Dixon Harrill — Upstate Region Market Executive, Synovus
Scott Henderson — Professor of Education; Director of Program National & International Scholarships, Furman University
Gerald Huskamp — Sales & Marketing Consultant, CRH Properties LLC
Herb Johnson —Retired Executive, Community Volunteer
Paul Johnson — Community Volunteer
Susan Jones — VP of Human Resources, Greenville Technical College
Deb Long – Director of Healthy Community Initiatives, Bon Secours Health System
Alan Marshall — Principal, Dority & Manning, P.A.
Myra Morant — Human Relations Systems and Processes Manager, Greenville County Schools
Lee Palms — Commercial Insurance Advisor, Keenan Suggs | Hub International
Sima Patel — Senior Corporate Counsel, Michelin
LeTonya Phillips — Clinical Applications Specialist/Customer Training, AGFA Healthcare
Thomas Self — Principal, Elliott Davis
Leigh Stuckey — Associate Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Trey Suggs — Partner, Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, P.A.