Carroll Named Mission Executive Director

Perryn Carroll addresses the audience and media at Thursday’s press event

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Jimmie Hale Mission board of directors named Perryn Carroll the organization’s new executive director during a celebration event at the Shepura Men’s Center campus downtown Thursday morning. 

Perryn has served the nonprofit as a volunteer and board member for more than 25 years and stepped in as the executive director pro tem in May while the senior leadership began its search for a permanent leader. Today, she became the sixth director in the Mission’s 78-year history of serving the homeless and hurting throughout Central Alabama.

“This is a transition from career to calling,” Carroll said. “I believe the Mission is on the cusp of taking its services to the next level and I’m looking forward to partnering with other agencies in the city to ensure that reality.”

The Birmingham native completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before earning a juris doctorate from Cumberland School of Law. She began practicing law in 1990 and has spent the last 27 years at Carroll & Carroll, P.C., a firm she co-founded with her husband Mike. 

Carroll is a Life Fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation and has maintained an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the highest possible, with Martindale-Hubbell since 2006 for professional excellence in both ethics and legal capability.

“JHM has been at the center of our family’s service to the community for many years,” Carroll added. “Although family brokenness, inflated housing prices, and widespread addiction have led to increased homelessness in Central Alabama, I am confident that we at the Mission can and will meet that challenge and provide life restoration to the hurting and homeless. I am humbled and excited to be named to lead an amazing Mission team that works to transform adults directly affected by homelessness, addiction, or unhealthy living, into those who lead purposeful, self-sufficient, and productive lives for the glory of God.”

History of Mission Leadership:

  • Jimmie Hale – 8 months in 1944
  • Jessie Hale – 1944 to 1990
  • Leo Shepura (co-director w/ Jessie Hale) – 1954 to 1990
  • Tony Cooper – 1990 to 2019
  • Michael Coleman – 2019 to 2022
  • Perryn Carroll – 2022 to Present

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