Tommy is a founder-trained and professionally certified facilitator for the Paterson Strategic Operating Plan™ and the internationally renowned LifePlan™ process. Tommy has assisted over 200 individuals and organizations in pursuit of breakthrough for the best envisioned future possible and discover the truth about their situation, maximize their efforts, design an operational systems view and determine the best employee fit.
Prior to assisting Jump Start, a transitional ministry for ex-offenders, Tommy managed all financial, administrative and operating activities for the non-profit, Lead Like Jesus co-founded by Ken Blanchard, co-author of more than 50 books including The One Minute Manager and his longtime friend, Phil Hodges. Serving as a strategic planning consultant. Tommy’s heart was challenged to give his time and energy to growing Lead Like Jesus to maturity.
Tommy owned and operated Tiger Supply Chain Solutions, twice recognized as a SC fastest growing business and was a new products engineer and business manager for Digital Equipment.
He has designed and contracted for commercial and residential construction and is the co-owner/developer of a $20 million rehabilitation of a 100-year-old cotton mill.
Tommy and his wife Beth have served Advent United Methodist in numerous leadership capacities.
Tommy, Beth, and their daughter Kelly reside in Simpsonville SC. Their daughter Sarah is a new mom and lives with her husband, Matt Shingleton in Anderson Township, Cincinnati, OH. Emily Moore Goff, also a new mom, resides with her husband, Staff Sargent Zach Goff in Alexandria VA.
Inside Program Director
17 arrests by age 17. Many considered him a menace to society. Schools expelled him routinely. Armed robbery, attempted murder, and criminal conspiracy were just a few of the things that were true of Cary before he even turned 18 years old. Growing up, Cary rarely stepped foot in a church. If you had asked him during his teenager years what he thought about Christians, he would have said, “they are fools, believing lies, and paying weekly for someone to make them feel bad about themselves.”
The darkest moment turns to light
When Cary was 17 years old, he shot a drug dealer during an armed robbery and after his arrest, most people considered his life over. Many of his friend’s parents breathed sighs of relief hoping this event would finally remove him from their kids’ lives forever. While in the county detention center awaiting trial, all Cary could think about was suicide. He reasoned, “If there is no God, then there is no heaven or hell, so what not kill myself and finally be at rest.”
In his own words: “My lawyer told me I was facing a minimum of 25 years. While planning my suicide, I cried out to God to reveal Himself to me if He was real. He did. I met the living God in my darkest moment, and He touched me in a way that changed the trajectory of my whole life. He gave me hope when I had none. He gave me life when I was convinced my life was over. He loved the unlovable, and rescued the undeserving when He redeemed me.”
Serving on the inside and serving the kingdom
Cary went on to serve almost nine years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. During his time there, he worked for several chaplains, took correspondence courses, and disciplined himself to read 3 books per week. During his last four years of incarceration, he served as the Jump Start inside
leader at Livesay Correctional Institute. Cary says, “The Lord used Jump Start to prepare me to be successful upon my release.” Upon his release, he scored well enough on the SAT test to receive a full academic scholarship to North Greenville University.
For the past two years Cary has served as a youth pastor. God has given him a platform to help troubled youth avoid the same mistakes he made. Recently, Cary joined Jump Start and now serves as the Inside Program Director.
Giving God all the glory
Cary is living proof that God’s grace is amazing and that Jump Start is breaking the back of recidivism and restoring broken lives. His story is real and it is a common one with Jump Start participants. We were able to minister to Cary at a time in his life when he needed it most.