LFA Board Member
G. S. “Mack” McCarter is the Founder and Coordinator of Community Renewal International. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Mack holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Brite Divinity School. He is an Ordained Minister in the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) denomination.
Before returning to Shreveport to begin implementing his vision for community renewal, Mack pastored Christian churches in Texas for 18 years. In 1991, Mack moved with his family back to his hometown to establish and to launch his vision of a method for renewing lives and whole cities through restoring the relational foundation upon which all communities rest. With the unmatchable support of Judy, whom he met at TCU and married in 1967, as well as many friends and supporters, Community Renewal International was begun in 1994.
The mission of Community Renewal International is to partner together with God and one another to make our world a home where every single child, no matter their age, can be safe and loved. Over the span of 25 years of work, there are now more than 50,000 “We Care” team members in all 50 states and 41 nations. Ten cities in the United States are reproducing the model of connecting caring people, changing lives, and transforming communities. And a full model is dynamically established in Cameroon, Africa.
CRI has been recognized both nationally and internationally as a model for reconstructing both the foundation as well as the actual infrastructure of society through developing a system of loving relationships. And as the representative of the CRI team, Mack has been honored on their behalf as Social Entrepreneur of the Year from The Manhattan Institute, Louisiana Public Citizen of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year from Texas Christian University, Distinguished Minister of the Year from Brite Divinity School, National Citizen of the Year from the National Conference on Citizenship, and Doctor of Letters Degree (Honorary) conferred by Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary. Mack has also received the 2019-2020 Lumen Christi Award from the Catholic Extension.
Mack and Judy live in Shreveport, Louisiana, and in Washington, D.C., where they continue the work of spreading the Good News of God’s Love for the world through Community Renewal International. They have two children: a daughter, Nancy, and her husband, Steve, and a son, David, and his wife, Kelli. And they have four terrific grandchildren: Kate, Collin, Emma Clair, and Jacqueline.