Where did you grow up? Thomasville, Ga. I went to Thomas County Central High School. I played basketball and soccer. I was also the Chaplain for Y-Club.
What does that stand for? Y-Club is a YMCA based club for middle school and high school students.
Then where? I went to Georgia Southern my first year, to play soccer, but hurt my knee. I transferred to Bob Jones University in Greenville and finished there in 2004. While I was there, I was chaplain for my Society.
Similar to a fraternity? Yes. It is called Basilean. I also helped with something we called Extension, which is when you go help small, struggling churches. I did that for one year. I would help lead the singing, teach Sunday school through an interpreter to Spanish-speaking teenagers, and preach some Sunday nights. Whatever the pastor would ask me to do, I did it. The churches were as much as two hours away.
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How long have you been in Columbus? I got a job straight out of college doing sales for a mechanical contractor in my home town. After two years they moved me to Columbus in 2006 to start a new territory. Very quickly, I got involved in the community and became a member of Leadership Columbus. That’s a great program. I moved on to the Cintas Corporation after being in Columbus for a year. I was fairly successful in sales there. Then, at the end of 2008, when the economy collapsed, Cintas had a layoff and eliminated my job title across the country. I was without a job for 10 months, so I went to work with my uncle as an independent sales rep. I got into the pet industry, which is a huge multibillion dollar industry. My accounts were in New England and in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area. I would fly back and forth living out of a suitcase. I did that while looking for a job back in Columbus.
Then what happened? I was referred to Southeast Restoration Group by a friend to do their marketing and business development. Southeast Restoration was just starting a new territory in Columbus December of 2009. I jumped on board in February of this year. What attracted me to this company, in addition to being an industry leader, was their strong Christian culture. Our owner likes to follow somewhat of a Chick-fil-A model. It’s not uncommon to receive a company-wide e-mail asking us to pray for a family member or person associated with our company. Our owner, Ben Looper, is also interested in the building and development of our character. He sends all the men in our company to the Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference in Woodstock, Ga. We also host women’s Bible studies in our home office.
What’s your territory? I cover a 60-mile radius. I go to Phenix City, Valley, Auburn/Opelika, LaGrange, Manchester, back down to Columbus and Ft. Mitchell. We are a general contractor that works primarily with property insurance claims due to fire, water and storm damage. Along with building relationships with the agents in my territory, I build brand in the community. I am heavily involved in our local Chamber serving on multiple committees. Right now, I’m helping with the American Cancer Society Crystal Ball.
How long have you been at Morningside? About a year and a half. Before that I went to Calvary Baptist, where I taught the college and career class for six months.
You grew up Independent Baptist? Yes. I believe in the fundamental doctrines of the Bible. Independent Baptists have very strong standards. These are good people trying to be separate from the world and be obedient to God’s Word, but they often come across as being legalistic. I differ in non-doctrinal areas. When it comes to the body of Christ, I believe we are to extend the same undeserving grace that was extended to us by Christ, not to judge but encourage biblical living governed by the authority of scripture, and to love each other. Regarding the unsaved: I don’t expect the unsaved to act like a regenerated man arrested by the gospel. An unsaved man doesn’t have power given by the Holy Spirit to do right. Therefore, I extend grace and love instead of judgment.
Who’s in your family? My father is George Dewey McCabe III and my mother is Karen. My sister is Angela McCabe. She is an eighth-grade English teacher in Thomasville. I come from a godly heritage extending back to my grandparents. My father, mother and sister, as well as my aunts and uncles, all went to Bob Jones University and are all actively serving God in their local church.
Hobbies? Hunting and fishing, golf, soccer and wakeboarding. I have been to Brazil to play soccer with a team from Bob Jones University and have taught soccer camps in Hawaii. Here in Columbus, I play in the co-ed and adult men’s soccer league at the Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex.
Any thoughts about going into the ministry? I have always been open to it but have never felt the call to go into full- time ministry. I do have a burden to teach the Bible, though. I have had the privilege to go to a Christian university to learn doctrine and theology and believe it’s my responsibility to pass on what I have learned to the local church. My favorite scripture is Psalm 139.