I love Jesus, and I love being a husband to my lovely wife, Aubrey, and father to my 5 children: Cooper, Cami, Callie, Cary, & Corey. As a preacher’s kid, I was raised in a Christian home and grew up knowing about Jesus. At age ten, I committed my life to Christ, but it wasn’t until age 20 that I knew what it was like to truly follow Him. I’ve always loved sports – especially baseball. After high school, I continued my baseball career at Danville Area Community College and then later coached high school baseball.
Unfortunately, my high school or college didn’t have FCA, and it was in those years where my relationship with Christ waned. Thankfully, I met my best friend, now my wife, while we were in college. It was her relationship with Christ and the influence she had on me that brought me back into a relationship with Jesus. It was also because of her that I was introduced to FCA. She was the FCA huddle coach at the middle school where she taught at the time.
During my 14 years as a student pastor, I became highly involved with FCA in Vermilion County, where I’ve spent the last 10 years as the chaplain for the Danville Dans – a local college summer baseball team. I love ministry, and I love sports – what better way to serve the Lord than to combine my two biggest passions!
Through the vehicle of sports, FCA introduces coaches and athletes to a relationship with Jesus Christ. As a coach, I understand the impact they have on athletes and students. There’s no better way to impact athletes than to coach them with the love and compassion of Jesus. Sports are about much more than wins and losses. Playing a sport can impact an athlete for the rest of their life – positively or negatively.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”