MEET TERRY CAGLE
Position: Executive director, Connecting Caring Communities
Family: Wife Becki Ellis Cagle, married Sept. 1, 1979; two daughters, Courtney Drysdale of Denver and Carlee Kumler of Dallas; 11-month-old grandson Clark Drysdale of Denver
Education: Abilene High School 1975; bachelor of science in all levels of physical education and health education, 1980, Abilene Christian University, and a master’s degree in Bible, 1982-83, ACU
Experience: 38 years in vocational ministry, including six as youth minister at High Church of Christ in the 1980s.
More information about CCC and its programs: www.wecareabilene.org
MEET ‘THE BEATLES’
A major fundraiser for Connecting Caring Communities will be held Sept. 2 at the Paramount Theater when Mark Bell brings his “Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles” from Las Vegas to Abilene. All tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance online by going to the Paramount Theater website, www.paramount-abilene.org and clicking “Calendar” at the top and then on the show title. Showtime is 7 p.m. CCC is raising $10,000 in order to qualify for an additional $10,000 in a matching grant from the Shelton Foundation.
By Loretta Fulton
“Everything we do is relationally based–we’re not trying to go in to fix people.”
That could be the motto for Connecting Caring Communities, a neighborhood improvement initiative in Abilene. But those were the words CCC’s new director Terry Cagle spoke to a group of Hardin-Simmons University incoming freshmen during Stampede Week, a freshman orientation program, prior to school starting.
The students gathered Aug. 24 at CCC’s new office at Lowden and Hickory, formerly a CCC Friendship House, to clean up the neighborhood as part of a community service component of Stampede Week.
From the beginning, the aim of CCC has been the same–exactly the words that Cagle spoke. The initiative started at Hardin-Simmons in 2002 through its Neighborhood Enhancement Center, under the leadership former Dean of Students Linda Carleton. In 2005, the name was changed to Connecting Caring Communities and nonprofit status was granted.
Since then, CCC has undergone a number of changes, including staff. Cagle, an Abilene native, is a 1975 Abilene High School graduate and an Abilene Christian University graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in all levels of physical education and health education in 1980 and a master’s degree in Bible in about 1982.
Most recently, he worked with a church in Arlington and on trips to Abilene had met Dusty Garison, a former CCC coordinator who lived in the house where Cagle now lives and offices. When Cagle learned last October that CCC was looking for a new executive director, he was interested.
“This is an opportunity to be in truly a Kingdom of God work,” he said. (more…)