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. View FCA’s Statement of Faith.
The FCA Vision
To see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
The FCA Mission
To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.
Meet our Staff
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.
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.
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.
My wife Jairin and I have 3 beautiful little girls. In the Fall of 2014 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.
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.
Melissa grew up in the Nebraska Panhandle. Her introduction to FCA came while attending Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. While serving on the FCA Leadership Team in college, she also met her husband, Matt. After returning to the Panhandle in 2010, Melissa served in numerous ministries and assisted in planting a church. Through these involvements, God grew her heart and desire for building genuine Christian community to advance His Kingdom. Ultimately, that passion led back to FCA with Melissa joining staff in 2021.
Robbie is a Glendale, Arizona native, product of Doane University Football, and has had the honor of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and training coaches and athletes at the University of Nebraska and across the city of Lincoln how to connect their faith and sports for the past nine years. Robbie and his wife Anna have one daughter, Sojourner and one son, Phineas. Please let Robbie know how he can serve you. 402-450-7591
Gabe loves serving coaches and athletes in the gospel of Jesus Christ. FCA has been a huge part of his growth in Christ since he was a student huddle leader at his high school. He graduated from Hastings College in 2014 and served at a Bible camp until he came on staff with FCA in 2015. He and his three children Silas, Shepherd and Willow live in Hastings.
I was fortunate to have been impacted by FCA as a student athlete at the University of Nebraska. I fell in love with the ministry and the uniqueness in how it uses the tremendous platform of sports to impact coaches and athletes with the GOSPEL!
My wife Dani and I are excited to build and foster relationships with local coaches and athletes in the Crete Metro (Rural Southeast Nebraska) area. I am looking forward to see God use the vehicle of sports, through the ministry of FCA to make his name known in our area!
Jesse gave his life to Christ thru the FCA Huddle in his hometown of Stromsburg, NE and was challenged thru the FCA at Doane College to compete for Christ on the football field. He spent 13 years at Sandhills Publishing before starting with FCA in October 2019. Jesse and his wife Nicole have one daughter, Jesara and are looking forward to serving Beatrice and surrounding communities.
Tony has been with FCA since May of 2019. His journey here began back in 2014 when he served as the speaker at Fields Of Faith in Oklahoma. The very next year, his son Jordan stood on the same field and was prayed for by over 400 high school students as he battled cancer. Jordan went to heaven in November 2018, and his family credits the FCA ministry as playing a significant role in his coming to Christ earlier that year. Tony and his wife Angie have three other children, Gabrielle, Olivia and Aaron.
Megan's heart for FCA developed while playing volleyball at Doane University where she learned and experienced the freedom of competing for Christ. In graduate school, FCA continued to solidify her passion for the gospel and discipleship within sports. Therefore, she can't imagine discipling anyone better than coaches and athletes and came on staff in August 2018. Megan loves people, loves to serve them through the love of Jesus Christ, and is excited to engage, equip, and empower coaches for Christ in southeast Nebraska.
“How can I help you today?” is the phrase that escaped my lips almost daily for the last nine years at the Abbey Christian Store in Norfolk, NE. I was able to assist individuals and ministries in finding resources to bring others to Jesus or disciple them into a deeper knowledge of Him. Now, since the Abbey has closed, God has called me to be one who directly guides others to the Gospel and further into their relationship with God. I am thrilled have accepted God’s call to the position of Area Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for the Norfolk Area of Northeast Nebraska.
When I’m not serving FCA, my wife, Melanie, and I are usually traveling. You can maybe find me trying to fill my bucket list of playing Disc Golf in all fifty states! 18/50 (including Hawaii!!)
Mike grew up in Beaver, Pennsylvania. He moved to the Nebraska Panhandle to attend college. He accepted the Lord as his personal savior in 1968. Mike’s been married to Diana for 47 years and has three adult children and seven grandchildren.
Mike’s strong conviction towards the FCA ministry came as a result of the impact it had on his children’s lives through camps and huddles. His mission is to grow FCA in the Panhandle and see coaches and athletes come to know the Lord and grow in their faith.
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.
First National Camp at Estes Park, CO, with 256 athletes and coaches attending.
Wendell Conover hired as FCA-Nebraska’s first State Director. There are 30 huddles in Nebraska.
320 staff members at all time high nationally. There are 165 huddles across Nebraska covered by 4 staff members.
Nebraska FCA holds the first national camp in the state; the Hastings Leadership camp. There are approximately 220 huddles statewide.
Ron Brown, Former Husker Receivers Coach, hired as FCA-Nebraska State Director. FCA-Nebraska develops Stewardship of Sports philosophy.
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.
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.
Current staff positions filled in all geographical FCA areas statewide.
Chris Bubak named FCA-Nebraska State Director.
Max Out Camps launched as a training ground for coaches and athletes to live out the Gospel and understand the Gospel in motion.
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.