Born in Sweetwater, TN, Jody earned his Marketing and Transportation/Logistics degrees from the University of Tennessee.

Following his own graduation, Jody spent the next 30 years in the U.S. food service supply chain industry, working for international manufacturers, distributors, retail brands and supply chain managers.

He and his wife were married in 1990 and are blessed with two sons who are freshmen, one in college and the other in high school.  They currently reside in Spartanburg, SC.

He is ministry head for Men @ Prayer and Emmaus men’s retreats in Spartanburg.  He was a member of his church’s new building committee (project completed Dec 2013) and currently serves as secretary of the Society of St. Paul and on the Board of his church’s school.