Emmanuel’s Hammer is led by individuals who know the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior and are dedicated to furthering His Kingdom through the support of those who are His “feet on the street”. They are:
Mr. Fridy’s interest in construction started when he was 7 years old, when his family home underwent a renovation. This childhood fascination continued through adolescence with various jobs in home remodeling, which led to his receiving a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management from Clemson University in 1994. His career has included extensive field experience in residential and commercial construction with Palmetto State Roofing, Morris Construction, and Fluor Daniel. He has served as Director of Construction for Centennial American Properties, as Director of Development and Vice President of Development for RealtiCorp. Mr. Fridy is founder and owner of Magnolia Property Group, Inc., a commercial retail development company.
Mr. Fridy served as a volunteer with Emmanuel’s Hammer for several years and was immediately impacted by the overwhelming need of the mission and the peace and hope that Emmanuel’s Hammer brings to their clients.
He has devoted his time and talents to Camp Opportunity as a board member, coaching youth church basketball, rescuing dogs, mentoring youth, and is a long-time supporter of Zoe Empowers- a nonprofit that equips orphaned and vulnerable children with tools and training to overcome life-threatening poverty for good.
Mr. Fridy and his wife of 25 years, Hunter, are blessed with three children, Camilla, Thomas, and Charlotte. They are active member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.
Mr. Carter is the founder and has served as Emmanuel’s Hammer’s Executive Director since its inception in 2004. Mr. Carter has successfully led Emmanuel’s Hammer through its focus in the Bahamas, to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi after hurricane Katrina in 2005 and now to assisting homeowners in need in the Southeast.
Mr. Carter is a past Board member of A Child’s Haven which provides therapeutic intervention for developmentally delayed, abused, and neglected young children and their families. He has been actively involved in the Commission on Missions at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He has either led or participated in dozens of mission trips to Mexico, the Bahamas, Poland, Haiti, Mississippi, Florida and South Carolina.
Mr. Carter is currently a member of the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees at Zion UMC in Anderson, SC. He and his wife Kimberly have two children and four beautiful grandchildren.
Mr. Hobson is recently retired from Glen Raven Mills after 42 years in textile sales, development, and manufacturing. He is married with two children and two Grandsons. He has taught continuing education involving the history of Anderson, SC the Electric City.
Mr. Hobson served as Elder and Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Anderson. He participates in mission work locally and throughout the southeast. He believes serving on the Board of EH allows him to be more involved in local missions to which the Lord has called him.
Mr. Freeland is a lifelong resident of Greenville, SC and a graduate of Clemson University with a BS Marketing 1991 and MBA 1992.
His career has included experience in Textile Chemicals (Palmetto Chemicals 1992-1995), Gaming Equipment (Collins International Gaming Services 1995-2000), and an Equity Partner and Vice President of Business Development for SignCrafters USA in 2000. In 2005 he sold the business to an investment group and acquired ownership in Overhead Door Co. of Greenville, SC. In 2009 he acquired Overhead Door Co. of The High Country (Asheville, NC). He sold both businesses in 2016 to Assa Abloy/Door Systems where he currently serves in Business Development for General Contractors and as consultant for future mergers and acquisitions.
In addition to work responsibilities, Mr. Freeland has served various community and professional organizations including the YMCA Camp Greenville board (2008-2011), Boys Home of the South Capital Campaign (2004), South Eastern Sign Association (2000-2005, Secretary, Treasurer), National Federation of Independent Business, (Leadership Council, 2007-2013), National Association of Home Builders (2005-2016), International Door Association (2005-2016), State Workforce Investment Board (2011- Present, Executive Committee, Board Governance Committee Co-chair and Chairman of Board 2020- Present).
He and his wife Kate have two sons, Tom 23 who is a project manager for Coln Construction in Greenville, and Mac 20 who is a sophomore at Wofford College. They have been members of the Joy Sunday School class at Buncombe Street UMC since 1997.
Mr. Freeland loves the way Emmanuel’s Hammer serves God by serving others and is proud to serve as a Board member.
Mr. Huguley is a 1976 graduate from the University of South Carolina College of Journalism. He worked for McCann-Erickson in Atlanta, Dallas and Houston offices, providing marketing and branding services for Coca-Cola USA and Texas Instruments. In addition, Mr. Huguley worked with D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in Atlanta and the Greenville offices of Leslie Advertising and Goudelock Advertising.
In 1991, he was the cofounder of Shafer Huguley Branding Communications where he continues to be a partner. His marketing and branding skills have been invaluable to the development of Emmanuel’s Hammer’s development over the years.
His wife, Kendall Taylor Huguley and three daughters, are members of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.
Mr. Jones is originally from Kingsport TN. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and spent his working career in manufacturing
Randy’s mom was the spiritual leader in his home, and she provided a great example of what a Christian parent should be. But the most significant day in Mr. Jones’ life came when a pastor came to visit with him and his family in 1990 and asked him the most the most important question that anyone could ask; “If you died today, where would you spend eternity?” That day changed his life forever!
Randy and his wife, Pamela, are members at Concord Baptist Church in Anderson, SC. He is very active in their Men’s Ministry group, which is assisting church members and people in our community that have needs for handyman projects. Their Men’s Ministry group has worked along side Emmanuel’s Hammer for many years helping those in most need of home repairs.
After retiring in 2019, Mr. Jones continues to work on projects through the Men’s Ministry program at Concord Baptist Church. These projects have provided many opportunities for Randy to share his faith with those he works alongside, as well as with the people we are helping. Mr. Jones is now working as a board member for Emmanuel’s Hammer to help others in sharing their faith through the Ambassador Program.
Mr. Jachens is an owner and founder of Daniel Builders, a commercial and residential renovation business. He began developing his construction skills at age 14. He worked for a licensed builder through an apprenticeship program for 3 years. There he had primary maintenance responsibilities for a Christian school and camp thus gaining a broad range of construction experience. Daniel founded Dan’s Handyman Service in 2001 and acquired his residential builder’s license in 2007.
Daniel, and his wife Julie, have 8 children. This keeps them very busy! He is also very involved with mission work to Guatemala and has been leading teams there every year for the purpose of building a camp. He is a member of Concord Community Church in Anderson, SC. He has a passion for seeing God glorified in all he does and is excited to be a part of Emmanuel’s Hammer!
A native Kentuckian, Mr. Stratton’s career has included a myriad of industries including owning an insurance agency, real estate development company and renewable energy company in the Lexington area. The real estate development company won “Best Architectural Design for a Single-Family Home” for the Lexington Real Estate Market in 2005.
Mr. Stratton was actively involved in the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club as Past President, Rotarian of the Year and winning the “International Presidential Citation Award.” Mr. Stratton is also a former board member of the Anderson County (Kentucky) Chamber of Commerce as well as the County Tourism Commission.
Mr. Stratton moved to Greenville in 2017, becoming an active member at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church and its 120 member Seekers Sunday School Class where he has taught and is chairman of the Missions Committee.
Mr. Stratton and his wife, Ginger, are retired and reside in Greenville, SC. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Deas is originally from Faith, NC and moved to Greenville, SC in 2006 from Huntersville, NC. He attended Pfieffer University for his undergraduate and graduate studies, majoring in Organizational Leadership and Change Management. Mr. Deas has a combined 33 years of construction industry experience in Project Management with Fluor Enterprises, Trammell Crow, Duke/ Fluor Daniels and Duke Energy. Mr. Deas has previously served on the Greenville Charter Technical School board.
Mr. Deas and his wife, June, are members at Advent United Methodist Church in Greenville, SC since 2008. He is very active in their Mission’s group, which partners with Emmanuel’s Hammer working with their youth helping those in most need of home repairs in the Upstate. Mr. Deas has been actively involved in the United Methodist Church’s Salkehatchie program for the last 10 years helping provide safer, warmer, drier homes to those in need throughout Sumter, SC. Bobby and June are blessed with three children, Cody, Alex and Jacob.
Mr. Shaughnessy is a recently retired attorney, having practiced law in Greenville for 50 years. His career in law began with the Haynsworth law firm and he later worked with the Turner, Padget and McAngus law firms, representing various employers in workers compensation claims and other employment related disputes. Mr. Shaughnessy graduated from Wofford College with a bachelor’s degree and from the University of South Carolina School of Law with a juris doctorate degree.
Mr. Shaughnessy and his wife, Debbie Files Shaughnessy, have two sons and five grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Shaughnessy are active members of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.