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 a special education teacher at Fork Shoals Elementary School, just starting her 33rd year. 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 4), will be in the Furman Class of 2034! Son Andrew is a manager at Miracle Hill Thrift Store in Easley, and will graduate from Palmetto College, USC in December, 2016. His wife, Ashley, is communications director for The Phoenix Inn.
Creating community with people of all walks of life and offering practical compassion where it is most needed in society are among the McDade’s aspirations for ministry and life. 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.
Community Relations and Development
Director of Development
Jade Fountain, MPA, CFRE
Leadership Giving Manager
Community Relations Assistant
Janna H. Lusk
Community Resource Manager
Place of Hope
Mary Allen Murphy
Assistant Program Manager
Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN)
Jody Fails, MSW
Katie Preuss, LISW-CP
Associate Network Director
Teri Seabrook, BSW
Our Current Board of Directors
Bob Dillon, President — Community Volunteer
Katherine Smoak Davis, Vice President — Founder, Smoak Public Relations
Debbie Cooper, Treasurer — Director of Donor Services, Community Foundation of Greenville
Betsy Boaze, Secretary — LMSW, Spartanburg Mental Health
Doug Brown — Attorney at Law
Matthew Covington — Co-Founder, Broadstreet Partners
Virginia Crews — Community Volunteer
Scott Henderson — Professor of Education; Director of Program Development and Evaluation, Furman University
John Hunter — Senior Program Leader Sourcing Due Diligence and Integrations, General Electric
Gerald Huskamp — Sales & Marketing Consultant, CRH Properties LLC
Herb Johnson —VP Chief Diversity Officer, Michelin
Paul Johnson — VP of System Support Services and President of the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus, Greenville Hospital System
Susan Jones — Associate VP of Human Resources, Greenville Technical College
Charles LeGrand — Attorney, LeGrand Law Firm
Deb Long – Director of Healthy Community Initiatives, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Alan Marshall — Principal, Dority & Manning, P.A.
Susan McLarty — Mission Outreach Coordinator, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Frances Poe — Director of Faith in Action, Christ Church Episcopal
Mary Pyett – Community Volunteer
Thomas Self — Tax Senior Manager, Elliott Davis Decosimo
Trey Suggs — Attorney, Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, P.A.
Baxter Wynn — Community Volunteer
Bryan Zeiger — Director of Merchandising, The Spinx Company