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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes engages coaches and athletes to grow in their faith and sport.

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Bryan Johnston - Gwinnett Co. Area Director

Bryan comes to FCA after 17 years in corporate Talent Management. He is a coach at heart both personally and professionally. He has personally coached everything from fastpitch softball, basketball to volleyball. He is married to his best friend, Pam, and they have 6 children that range from twenty one to nine.

  

Carl West - Area Rep. - Coaches Ministry

Prior to joining FCA full time, Coach West worked 26 years in the public school system and was a volunteer huddle coach leading thousands of young people to Christ through the vehicle of FCA.  His personal vision is “To see Coaches and Athletes become champions in the game of life and victorious warriors on the battle field for Christ”!

Yuri Lopez - Area Representative - FCA Soccer ATL

To read Yuri's incredible story, from growing up in 14 different orphanages in Honduras, to playing college soccer in the USA, to being a national speaker for OCC (Operation Christmas Child), to joining the FCA Soccer ATL team please click HERE

 

Candace Lane - Area Rep - Coaches Wives

Prior to joining FCA staff in 2013, Candace and her husband, Bryan, were missionaries in Brazil.  Today, as a coach's wife, Candace can relate to so many challenges of other coaches' wives: Trying to invest in her own family while investing in other people’s children, wanting to grow in her own marriage but not having much time together, and seeing so many needs but needing encouragement herself.  Candace has a passion to serve coaches' wives and their families.  There is no better way to minister to a coach than to minister to his wife and family. To read more about Candace's ministry please click HERE

Jorge Vallejo - FCA Soccer Ministries Director

Jorge Vallejo is from the beautiful Bogotá, Colombia. He has had the pleasure to be part of the soccer professional arena for 7 years starting at the young age of 16 playing in the Colombian Professional League for 3 years before moving to the United States to continue his career at the USL (United Soccer League) and MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League) level. He attended college on an athletic scholarship playing for Bryan College in Dayton, TN where he earned all-conference and all-region honors as a forward and attacking midfielder.

Jorge has been serving with FCA for over 10 years, 5 years directing the Inner City of Philadelphia FCA and 5 in Atlanta launching the FCA Soccer ATL mission. Currently he develops and directs the FCA Soccer Ministries in Atlanta using the platform of soccer to develop "TRANSFORMATIONAL" coaches from the pro to rec level. He believes soccer offers a platform for coaches to develop not only great players but great citizens of value, men and women of moral fiber that will go on to become change agents in the world. Through soccer he and his team is reaching more than 300 at-risk youth in the metro Atlanta area through a Leadership Academy Program that matches at-risk youth with mentor-coaches.

Jorge has 9 years of coaching experience and has had the pleasure to coach at every level from the pro, college, club and HS level. Currently he serves as a volunteer coach with the men's program at Georgia Gwinnett College and it is the Chaplain/Character Coach for the Atlanta Silverbacks. He holds a USSF (United States Soccer Federation) A coaching license.

Jorge’s passion for soccer and people has taken him off the pitch and into the nations to speak on matters of life, faith, leadership, identity & character development. Jorge and his beautiful wife Brittany live in Buford, GA with their 3 children. Nehemiah (5), Georgia Joy (2) and Moriah Grace (1).

If you would like to have Jorge come and speak at your event/team please contact us at jvallejo@fca.org

 Tyler Hoitsma - Area Rep - FCA Soccer ATL

Tyler grew up in Ramsey, NJ and began playing soccer at the age of 7.  He was blessed to pursue his dream to play college soccer at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology. 

The Lord has put a burden on Tyler's heart to serve at risk youth and juveniles and he wants to make an impact by giving a hope and future to the kids he builds relationships with. This is only possible by sharing about the grace and love of our Heavenly Father.  FCA has allowed him to leverage his passions for the Gospel, youth, and soccer to have a greater impact for the Kingdom in the Gwinnett area.


David Pence - Area Rep - Community Sports

David is a Georgia Native and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a major in Sports Management. Sports has been a big passion of Davids since he was five years old starting with tee ball playing baseball through high school. In college he developed a love for volleyball where he played men's club volleyball for Georgia Southern. Since he graduated he coached baseball at Providence Christian Academy where he found his passion for coaching. He has just come on Staff for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. David lives in Sugar Hill, Ga with his wife Ashley and their dogs, Koa and Remi. They are active members and volunteers of the Gwinnett branch of North Point community church.