About Us

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • We believe there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
  • We believe in the deity of Christ (John 1:1), in His virgin birth (Matthew 1:18, 25), in His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood (Hebrews 9:15-22), in His bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Acts 1:9-11) and in His personal return in power and glory (Hebrews 9:27-28).
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men (women), regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (John 3:16; John 5:24; Titus 3:3-7)
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (John 14:15-26; John 16:5-16; Ephesians 1:13-14)
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2:1-4)

The FCA Vision

To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

The FCA Mission

To present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

Meet our Staff

Chris Bubak

Chris Bubak

State Director

Chris has been on staff with FCA for 16 years where he has had the opportunity to minister the gospel to coaches and athletes at the youth, high school, college and professional levels. He and his wife Natalie have been married for 17 years and are parents to Michaela, Jared, Sarah and Justin.

Gordon Thiessen

Gordon Thiessen

Coaches Ministry

Gordon has served on staff with the Nebraska FCA since 1986. He played for the Nebraska football team in the ‘70s and later attended Talbot Seminary. He founded Cross Training Publishing which equips sports ministries to evangelize and disciple athletes and coaches. He is married to his wife Terri and has four grown children.

Josh Reynolds

Josh Reynolds

Central-Northeast Area Director

Josh has been involved with FCA all his life and credits much of his spiritual growth to the influence of the FCA ministry. His primary passion is to see God glorified in the sports world and proclaim the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to athletes and coaches. Josh and his wife Katie have four children, Hannah, Rebekah, Sophia and Josiah.

Brian Conklin

Brian Conklin

Omaha Metro Area Director

Brian has served on staff with FCA since 2006. His greatest passion in life is the Gospel message and sharing it with every athlete and coach he meets. He desires to challenge sports enthusiasts with the message of the cross and teach them how to apply it to their lives. Brian and his wife Jenny have three children, Jonah, Abby and Levi.

Nate Lewis

Nate Lewis

West Central Area Director

Nate grew up in Lexington, NE and went on to play tennis at Hastings College. He has a passion for being goofy and sharing the love of Christ through sports. When Nate’s not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie and daughter Katelynn.

Andrew Drevo

Andrew Drevo

Lincoln-Southeast Nebraska Area Director

My wife Jairin and I have been married for 10 years and have 3 beautiful little girls! In the Fall of 2104 after 9 years of playing professional basketball in Europe, God called us to transition away from the court and into full-time ministry with FCA. It is such an honor and privilege to be striving to “make His name great” in Southeast Nebraska.
As a native of Lincoln, Nebraska I have a strong passion to see the gospel in this area rapidly advancing. As a ministry, FCA is at its best when we are ministering “to and through” the coach. According to Billy Graham the coach is the most influential person on the planet. We believe that a coach that is “all in” for Christ can impact not only their teams, but also entire families, schools and communities.

Ryan Sears

Ryan Sears

East Omaha Area Director

God redirected my life as a teenager while giving me the gifts and desire to serve Him through sports. He opened doors for me in the college and international basketball world. He used lots of people and organizations in my life, including FCA, to help me grow in faith. And in November of 2014, He redirected and led my beautiful wife, Angie and I, along with our three daughters, Moriah, Yirah, and Toviah to serve Him through FCA in the Omaha area. We are excited to be a part of what He is doing in Omaha and beyond.

Steve Swett

Steve Swett

Area Representative

Steve joined the FCA staff in March of 2014 after teaching and coaching for two years. He is passionate about seeing people come to faith in Jesus Christ and growing in relationship with him. He is excited about the influence of coaches and the opportunity to minister the gospel to and through coaches.

Robbie Trent

Robbie Trent

Lincoln Area Representative

Robbie is a Glendale, Arizona native and product of Doane College, where he played football. He continues to be refined by the glory of God and the truth of the Gospel. This message is the foundation from which Robbie instructs coaches and athletes in God-glorifying competition and coaching.

John Girard

John Girard

Panhandle Area Representative

Gabe Haynes

Gabe Haynes

Hastings Area Representative

Michael Hoppes

Michael Hoppes

Area Representative

History

  • 1954
    The FCA incorporated by its founder, Don McClanen. Paul Benedum, Branch Rickey and other Pittsburgh businessmen underwrote the first year’s budget. Charter members included Otto Graham, Carl Erskine, Donn Moomaw and Rickey.
  • 1956
    First National Camp at Estes Park, CO, with 256 athletes and coaches attending.
  • 1976
    Wendell Conover hired as FCA-Nebraska’s first State Director.  There are 30 huddles in Nebraska.
  • 1994
    320 staff members at all time high nationally.  There are 165 huddles across Nebraska covered by 4 staff members.
  • 2001
    Nebraska FCA holds the first national camp in the state; the Hastings Leadership camp.  There are approximately 220 huddles statewide.
  • 2004
    Ron Brown, Former Husker Receivers Coach, hired as FCA-Nebraska State Director.   FCA-Nebraska develops Stewardship of Sports philosophy.
  • 2005
    FCA-Nebraska develops and implements new camps (One Way 2 Play Shooting camps, Pass It On, Full Force) designed as training grounds for Doing Sports God’s Way.
  • 2006
    Stewardship of Sports and Doing Sports God’s Way training implemented – focusing and shaping all ministry aspects.  Training for Huddles focuses on stewarding sports on campus and being able to understand and clearly communicate the Gospel.
  • 2007
    Current staff positions filled in all geographical FCA areas statewide.
  • 2008
    Chris Bubak named FCA-Nebraska State Director.
  • 2009
    Max Out Camps launched as a training ground for coaches and athletes to live out the Gospel and understand the Gospel in motion.
  • 2010
    Doyle Denney hired as FCA-Nebraska’s first Coaches Ministry Director. 13 FCA-Nebraska Staff serving the entire state, including approx 170 huddles. Gospel centered huddle material available for huddle use.