680 Asheville Hwy
Spartanburg, SC 29303
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
At GSM, we surround ourselves with Godly people whose main objective is to see that the needy in our community are well taken care of. GSM is fortunate to have a
Board of Directors team that is totally dedicated to our cause while displaying a deep understanding and appreciation of the communities we serve.
EDDIE WEST - Board President
Eddie spent 29 years with Milliken
and since retiring has started five companies of his own. He joined GSM board in 2004, and remains active as a volunteer as well.
Eddie is involved with the SCORE Organization; volunteer groups of
Originally from Wooster, Ohio,
Kathie received her BS degree
from Ohio State University in
speech and hearing therapy and
her MS degree from University of Tennessee in deaf education.
She worked in education for 45
Joan has been actively involved in
the Girl Scouts for 50 years. Joan is a member of St Johns Lutheran Church where she is involved with the WELCA and is President of Circle One. She is also involved
with the Red Door Festival, which
Rev. Kevin Koger has been GSM Executive Director since January 2006. Kevin is a 1983 graduate of Greer High School and received
his BS degree in Administrative Management from Clemson University Class in 1989. Kevin
John was elected to the Greater Spartanburg Ministry Board in 2013. Since he had supported
Greater Spartanburg Ministry through prayer and donations, the desire to be more involved in the organization was a heartfelt and logical progression.
John is the Controller for BOJ of WNC, LLC
(Bojangles) in Arden, NC. He has over 30 years of
finance and accounting experience and oversees the financial operations of 31 stores within the Bojangles franchise. He also volunteers at the Spartanburg
Regional Hospice Home. He and his wife, Cathy,
and their two children are members of New
Beginnings United Methodist Church and reside
in Boiling Springs, SC.
Sandra is Store Manager of the
Bi-Lo at Hillcrest. Not only is she
in charge of total store profits and conditions, she also manages
100 Bi-Lo teammates. Sandra
joined the GSM Board in 2012 because she, “wanted to support
Sherry is a recent retiree from Milliken after 38 years of dedicated service. She is the proud mother of a wonderful daughter and is blessed with two beautiful grandchildren. Sherry
Spartanburg native Frank Lee is a 1969 graduate of Presbyterian College where he earned his BA degree. He also earned his MA degree from Appalachian State University in 1970. Frank attends First Presbyterian Church and is
Anita is a Quality Engineer at Jarden Plastic Solutions in Greer. She enjoys volunteering at St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic where she prepares and files clinic charts.
Anita is a member of the Girl Scout Gold Award Review Committee for
years, most recently as Coordinator of Spartanburg County Hearing Impaired Program in all 7 districts of Spartanburg County. Her last 4 years of employment were at McCarthy Teszler School as school technology support. Kathie is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and has been on the board since 2012.
She is married with two children and two grandsons.
This is Kathie's second time on the GSM board.
a charity with Bi-Lo and wanted to support on a
personal level as well.” She is a member at
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
REV. KEVIN KOGER - Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands. She sings in the choir, serves as an Elder and is a member of the bell choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Anita has been a board member since 2012.
experienced business people who help small businesses get started, grow, and operate
effectively. Also, Eddie attends New Beginnings
United Methodist in Boiling Springs, S.C.
occurs each October. This annual festival features items for sale such as furniture, antiques, book, crafts, outdoor plants, canned goods, and frozen dinners. Joan belongs to the “Quilts for Lutheran World Relief” group that makes quilts and ships
them all over the world. She works with Back Pack Buddies, a mission that provides needy children
with meals for the weekends. Joan is Secretary of
the Upstate Women of the ELCA and a Shepherd’s Center member. She enjoys the outdoors through gardening and hiking. Joan joined the GSM Board
in January 2011 and volunteers with the Clothing Ministry and helps raise funds for GSM. Joan said she enjoys, “volunteering in a Christian Ministry,
and helping the needy.”
served our country in the US Army from 1983 – 1985. Also, he was employed with Wrangler
Jeans Co. from 1989-2005 as Dispatcher,
Terminal Manager, and was Operations Manager for Private Truck Fleet. Kevin received his Masters of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary in 2005. Kevin was named Interim Administrator at Greer First Baptist in May 2005 until December 2005. Kevin is happily married with two daughters.
actively involved in the Rotary Club of Spartanburg. He is currently Vice President of Customer Services at Smith Drug Company, Wholesale District.
Frank enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, working in the yard or doing any handyman project and relaxing at the lake. Frank joined the GSM board in 2007. What he appreciates most about GSM is “the direct, hands-on ministry to both body and soul.” He likes the fact that GSM, “operates at several levels, from the self-sustaining thrift store to the direct outreach from the food pantry. It also allows volunteers to participate in a variety of ways, at whatever level their life situation, abilities, and desires dictate.”
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With 40 years in education, Harold received his
Batchelors degree from Wofford College and his Masters from Converse College. He stated that his motivation to serve on the Board at GSM is to “help improve the lives of people in serious need of help
in difficult times.” Harold is a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and is also in the travel
Brian L. Cannon was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in Houston Texas. Brian and his wife Annette, who have been married for 45 years, are both alumni of the University of Texas at Austin. Following graduation, both Brian and his wife taught school in the Houston area. They have two children who were born in Texas but grew up in Gainesville, Florida, where they resided for 16 years. In 2003, Brian and his family moved to Boiling Springs where he began his career at QS/1 Data Systems, a Division of the JM Smith Corporation, as an Application Development Manager. In addition to his 2 children, Brian also has 5 grandchildren and attends New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Boiling Springs. Brian is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Thomas E. Hannah YMCA.
received her degree in Business from Columbia Business College in Columbia, SC. She also devotes her extra time to Champion for March for Babies where the past 7 consecutive years she has been their #1 individual fundraiser for Spartanburg County. Sherry has raised over $15,000 for this important charity. Sherry also enjoys the hobby of photography. When asked what attracted her to GSM her response was, “After several tours of GSM, I knew this is where I am to serve helping the Spartanburg Community. I feel that God has given me a light that I must use to help others that are having too many dark days. SGM extends their hand daily as God would to help others and this is why I want to be part of this amazing ministry.”