North Greenville University welcomes Joe Mack as the new director of public policy in the Worldview Department. Mack brings with him years of government experience and a heart set on doing the Lord’s work.
Tony Beam, vice president for Student Services and Christian Worldview, explained that in this position, Mack will be working with the South Carolina legislature, representing the Christian Worldview to our lawmakers. He will meet with lawmakers and talk about issues with them to ensure they pass laws in agreement with moral truth.
Mack is not considered a lobbyist; lobbyists spend 20 percent or more of their time trying to sway lawmakers. He does not use his influence to sway on financial bills; instead, he pushes against issues like gambling and homosexuality. Ultimately, when a bill comes up for discussion, Mack will put in the opinions of the Christian Worldview and do all he can to make sure they are heard and implemented.
Beam further explained that the laws Mack will push for are ones that reflect Christian values. His work will also include interaction with the S.C. Congressional Delegation, which will take the Christian Worldview to Washington, D.C. Beam said Mack will be working with Lisa Van Riper, director of public affairs, in their common goal of sharing Christian’s views with all who represent us in the public sphere.
A bill Mack has recently been pushing for is the “Born Alive Act.” Beam defined this act, saying, “If a woman’s intention is abortion and a baby survives, you can’t kill it.” The chilling reality of abortion is definitely an issue Mack will be fighting hard against.
Another issue he has dealt with is gambling. Mack represents the Christian Worldview’s angle on this, shedding light on the fact that gambling is destructive, causing people to go into debt or turn to alcohol for consolation. It can even tear families apart. Mack fought to get video poker outlawed in South Carolina. While he shared that he was not successful with getting the machines outlawed, the Supreme Court eventually banned them.
Mack’s job does not stop with trying to maintain the moral climate in South Carolina. He also serves as a minister to the lawmakers he interacts with.
Serving others is something Mack is well accustomed to. He was a part of the S.C. State Convention from January 1999 to December 2010. When Beam contacted him to work with North Greenville’s Worldview Center, he knew it was the right step to take. Mack stated he feels that his calling is to work with elected officials since he has had plenty of experience in the state government dealing with legislature.
Mack resides in Columbia with his wife Beverly. They attend Shandon Baptist Church, where they are active members. They have one daughter, Meredith, and are the proud grandparents of Elizabeth, 11, and Mary Austin, 8.
Mack encourages students at North Greenville to be aware of what is going on in the government by staying informed on current events, from state to county levels. He says it is important to stay informed because it affects our lives.
Getting involved in politics is another thing Mack would like for students to consider. “I encourage young people to get involved in political campaigns when there is a candidate who shares your views,” he said. He added that you need to have an interest in politics, and it is a good time to get involved.
As Mack begins to represent NGU and Christian Worldview at the state level, the possibilities for change and influence are promising. He has shown his effectiveness in his impressive previous work, and he will continue to make a difference within the state government while carrying the light of Christ.