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Keefe Cropper

Rev. Keefe Cropper is the Senior Minister at the First United Methodist Church of Carthage, Texas. He is a graduate of Westchester High School in Houston and studied at the University of Texas at Tyler. 

John Boland

Mr. Boland is married 43 years to his college sweetheart, and the father of two adult children. He holds a Bachelors degree from Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas in Political Science & History along with a Texas Teacher’s Certification; and a Masters Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, Texas, in Political Science & Speech Communication.  He taught in public education in the East Texas for 19 years; and has served on the faculty of several area community colleges for nearly 30 years. Included in his community work is serving as the President of Mission Carthage, a regional rescue mission, which is supported by over 70 churches from 7 East Texas counties. He has experienced at least 60 jobs in his 50 year career ranging from the menial to the managerial, which gives him a unique understanding of the workplace environment. He holds multiple certificates, permits, licenses and accreditations.  He has been honored by Kiwanis, Rotary, Jaycees, National Honor Society, and the VFW. He was listed in Who’s Who among America’s High School Teachers multiple years, and is listed in several Who’s Who in America.  He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force and is a Disabled Veteran.  He has served on several local, regional, state and national boards.  As a public speaker his greatest achievement is being a plenary speaker at the 3rd Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town, South Africa, in October, 2010.  Being an ordained Baptist minister he travels globally sharing the Scriptures, teaching English, and preaching God’s Word.

Vice President
Dr. Carl Grant

Dr. Grant is married to Lynn Grant. He graduated from Henderson High School in 1973, Texas A&M in 1977 and Baylor College of Dentistry in 1981. He moved to Carthage in 1982 and opened his dental office. He and Lynn have three children, all Carthage High School graduates, and three grandchildren.

Jeretta Thompson

Board Member
Aaron Bequette

Aaron Bequette has lived in Carthage, TX with his wife, Melissa for over 20 years. They have raised their two children, Sarah and Andrew in this community and love life in this wonderful town. Aaron has served as pastor of Northside Christian Center and Administrator for Northside Christian Academy for 12 years, and has also enjoyed ministry as a Hospice chaplain for seven of those years. He is a graduate of LeTourneau University with degrees in Aviation and Management. He has served on the Board of Mission Carthage for over 3 years and enjoys having a part in this wonderful ministry.

Board Member
Wanda Gaines

Wanda is a member of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Long Branch, TX where Rev. James H. Wall Jr. is pastor. She is retired from Panola College after serving for fourteen years as Financial Aid Officer, and thirteen years as counselor and testing coordinator. She is the mother of three children, has six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Wanda currently serves as a greeter at Wal-Mart.

Board Member
Paulette Goree

Board Member
Susan McMillan

Susan McMillan

I was born and raised in Carthage, Texas.  My husband Mitchell McMillan, and I are raising my granddaughter, Dominique.  We own and manage rental property.  I consider it a great honor to be a part of Mission Carthage, the organization dedicated to helping those in need.  Having made some wrong choices in my life and having gone to the places those choices carried me; I have a strong compassion for those in trouble.  If not for the support system that I have from my family, I might have found myself in some of the same predicaments as the people we are trying to serve.

Board Member
Carlton Shamburger

Mr. Carlton H. Shamburger is the owner of Hawthorn Funeral Home in Carthage, Texas. He was born in Ruston, Louisiana and grew up living throughout Texas and Louisiana. He was schooled in Shreveport, Louisiana and graduated from Huntington High School with the class of 1980. He attended Louisiana Tech University majoring in business and active in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Carlton came to Carthage as a graduate of the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service with honors and distinction. He and his wife Karen have three children, all graduates of Carthage High School. The Shamburgers have lived in Carthage for over twenty years and are active in their church and community events. 


Board Member
Keefe Cropper

Rev. Keefe Cropper is the Senior Minister of the First United Methodist Church in Carthage, ‚ÄčRev. Keefe CropperTexas. He graduated from Westchester High School in Houston, Texas and studied at University of Texas at Tyler.

Executive Director
Janet Shrewsbury

Business Manager
Ann Green

Benevolence Administrator
Matt Matthews

Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Randall

Jennifer has been the Benevolence Assistant at Mission Carthage since January 2008. She and Tim have been married for 23 years and have 4 wonderful children. She served alongside her husband in ministry for over 15 years. She is an active church member, loves to sing, and loves the Lord.

Womens House Director
Debbie Carr

Womens House Supervisor
Donna Norris

Maintenance Supervisor
Chuck Green