Rev. Tony McDade
Tony McDade is executive director at United Ministries, the community agency that offers an array of holistic services that help people leave poverty behind once and for all. (GAIHN and United Ministries joined together in July of 2016).
He became executive director at Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) in August of 2003. Prior to that, he served as a Christian educator and administrator at several congregations, most recently First Baptist Church, Statesville, NC (1996-2003) and First Baptist Church, Clemson, SC (1987-1996).
Tony is a native of Union, SC, where Cam’s father, Dr. Hayne Rivers, was pastor at First Baptist Church. His studies have taken him to Furman (B.A. in history, 1979), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, 1982), and Columbia Theological Seminary (a Presbyterian seminary; Doctor of Ministry, 2001).
Tony’s wife, Cam, is a special education teacher at Fork Shoals Elementary School, in her 34th year. She was Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.
Daughter Jennifer Murphy is a teacher at Robert E. Cashion Elementary; Jennifer’s husband, Jeremy, is an administrator at Sterling School; and their daughter, Ainsley (age 5), will be in the Furman class of 2034! Jenn and Jeremy graduated from Furman in 2006.
Son Andrew is case manager at Miracle Hill-Greenville Rescue Mission, and graduated from Palmetto College of USC in December, 2016. His wife, Ashley, is employed by Greenville Mental Health Center.
Creating community with people of all walks of life and offering practical compassion where it is most needed in society are among McDade’s aspirations for ministry and life. Tony provides strategic leadership for a superb team of thirty social work and administrative professionals whose endeavors distinguish United Ministries locally and across our state.