Christ On Main is the storefront on behalf of the organization Veritas Catholic Information Center (VCIC), whose founding members and board of directors are lay Catholics from parishes throughout the Upstate.
We have received support and approval from the Diocese of Charleston, but we are not affiliated as an organization/storefront with the diocese or any specific parish.
As a non-profit organization run by the laity, the VCIC continues its fundraising through major gifts and recurring donations to support the work of Christ On Main.
In its mission statement, the VCIC describes how it will “proclaim the beauty, truth, and fullness of the Catholic faith in order to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to ‘Go and Make Disciples of All Nations.’ Organized and managed by lay persons in full communion with the Catholic Church, the VCIC will proclaim the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a welcoming setting in the heart of downtown Greenville, South Carolina.”
Please see below for details about our Christ On Main executive director and our VCIC board of directors.
Brendan Dudley has spent 15 years as a ministry professional at the school, parish, and diocesan levels across the country. His variety of roles have focused on the relationship between faith and culture, especially via pro-life topics and moral theology. Brendan is an avid reader who also plays the drums, tennis, and golf. He has led community outreach through parish ministries and regional organizations such as Young Catholic Professionals and St. Paul Street Evangelization. Brendan earned an M.A. in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary and a B.A. in Theology and Politics from The Catholic University of America.
Jordan M. Roberts
Jordan has undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences and Spanish from Clemson University. He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Charleston School of Law. Jordan works as a financial advisor at Parallel Financial in Greenville. He has been in the financial services industry
since 2015. Jordan also serves on the Board of Birthright of Greenville and the Advisory Council of St. Mary’s Catholic School. Jordan converted to Catholicism in 2014 and is a parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Jordan and his wife and four children live in Simpsonville. In their free
time, they enjoy reading, gardening, and trips to the beach.
Robert Poppleton holds a master’s degree in real estate finance from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. Robert is Vice President at The Furman Co., where he manages the development division’s commercial real estate projects. Prior to Greenville, Robert lived and worked in the Washington DC area. Robert and his wife were married in 2010 at Prince of Peace in Taylors and have lived in Greenville since 2012 where they are parishioners at Saint Mary’s and happily raising their five children. For fun, the Poppletons enjoy exploring the mountains and beaches of the Carolinas.
Tony Owens has advanced degrees in
Composition and Literature and is the founder and President of SRS, Inc, a consulting company providing process improvement and employee
development services to large corporations. He converted to Catholicism in 1996 and is a parishioner of St. Mary’s and a Lay Dominican. He and his wife (a Secular Fransiscan) have two children and two grandchildren. He teaches courses in Catholic theology, apologetics, western civilization, and traditional music.
Linda Cowart is the CFO and Executive Vice President of Finance of the Trehel Corporation, a position which she has held since 2004. Trehel Corporation, founded in 1982, is a locally owned general contractor and construction management firm licensed in SC, NC, and Georgia. Cowart, a cradle Catholic, is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Anderson, SC. Also, she is Co-Founder of eDoc Home, a national
telehealth service provider. In addition, Cowart enjoys visiting her siblings and their families, cooking, flower arranging, and traveling to any beach destination in her free time.
Bill Coffey holds a B.A. in Spanish from Villanova University, and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Bill works in International Sales and Marketing for Poole Company, a private textile company in Greenville SC. He has worked in the textile industry since 1977. Bill and his wife Eileen have been parishioners at St. Mary Magdalene parish since 1999. They have six children and eight grandchildren. In their free time they enjoy travel, hiking, visiting grandkids, trips to the beach.
Thierry Wersinger retired in 2019 after almost 40 years with Michelin. He began his career in 1980 at the company’s worldwide headquarters in Clermont Ferrand, France. Subsequent assignments included the management of Michelin subsidiaries in Copenhagen, Hong Kong, London, and Clermont-Ferrand. Wersinger moved to Greenville SC in 1996 and held various executive positions in Logistics and Supply Chain management. Wersinger is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, France. He was born in Strasbourg, Alsace (France). He lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife of 40 years, Tanya, their eight children and 16 grandchildren. He is a parishioner at Prince of Peace, Taylors SC.
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