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  • 2017 Citizen of the Year - Cheryl Lynn Herman

    Presented by the Bank of Travelers Rest

    2017 Business Persons of the Year - Joyce & Nancy McCarrell, Cafe at Williams Hardware

    Presented by United Community Bank

  • July 10, 2018 Regular Meeting

    11:45 check-in/Networking  12noon - Program

    Registration required; go to events calendar

    Sponsor: Offices on Eleven and Crystal Valley Day Spa

  • Chamber Luncheon

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    Name: Chamber Luncheon
    Date: May 8, 2018
    Time: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:
    Monthly Chamber Meeting/Luncheon  






    Green Valley Country Club
    225 Green Valley Road
    Greenville, SC 29617
    Date/Time Information:

    11:45 - Network
    12:00 noon - Luncheon and Program 


    Cary Sanders : Inside Program Director

    Cary Sanders

    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.



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