STAFF

JIM ESARY

JIM ESARY

Director

 

Jim has served as the FCA Golf Director since 2005.

He attended Olivet Nazarene University and obtained a B.S. in Christian Education. While at school, he was an avid athlete and received letters in Football and Baseball.

Since college, Jim has served as the Head Baseball Coach at Eastern Nazarene University, FCA State Director in Wisconsin, Associate Pastor of Community Fellowship Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He joined FCA Golf staff in 2000.

Jim is married to Jolene. Together, they raised four daughters— Tayler, Morgan, Kaitlin, and Sydney. Jim’s hobbies include golf and reading.

MATT VAN CLEAVE

MATT VAN CLEAVE

Assistant Director

 

Matt played golf at Kansas State University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Science.

He played professional golf for five years and has spent the last nine years as a PGA Professional in Arizona.

Matt and his wife Sarah met at Kansas State, where Sarah was a women’s golf team member. She is currently a High School Counselor in Mesa, Arizona. They have two children, Max and Maddie. They love to go hiking, travel, and barbecue with family and friends as a family.

DAWN SANTO

DAWN SANTO

Admin/Event Planner

 

Dawn proudly served in the United States Air Force for 9 years and was discharged as a disabled vet. She joined FCA Golf in January 2007 with a desire to see young people’s lives impacted and changed.

 

She serves as the glue behind the scenes for most every FCA Golf event, including GAMEDAY, Toby Mac FCA Golf Camps, and each tournament. She pretty much does it all.

Dawn has been married for 37 years to Sam. They have 2 children, both married and both blessing Dawn and Sam with six grandchildren.

Besides spending time with her grandchildren, Dawn loves football and the beach.

CHRISTIE EMERY

CHRISTIE EMERY

Admin • Atlanta, GA

 

Christie Emery’s first interaction with FCA Golf was in high school, where she attended the St. Simons FCA Golf Camp. She played golf at Young Harris College, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Sport Studies, and was a huddle leader at various FCA camps during her college years. After college, she coached at a golf academy in Georgia and then joined FCA staff in 2019 as a field representative.

Christie and her husband Ryan met at Young Harris College, where Ryan transferred to the men’s golf team his senior year from another university. The Emerys now live in Hoschton, GA, where Christie continues her FCA ministry efforts and Ryan plays golf professionally. They are expecting a baby girl in early November 2022.

JOSE ALVAREZ

JOSE ALVAREZ

GAMEDAY on the Korn Ferry Tour

 

José attended the University of Louisiana Lafayette (The Ragin’ Cajuns) before playing 16 seasons of professional baseball – five of those years in the major leagues.

José has served the Korn Ferry Tour Pros, wives, caddies, and PGA Tour staff since 2007. He now leads GAMEDAY events on the Korn Ferry Tour and serves Club Pros, coaches, and student-athletes in the Upstate of South Carolina.

He and his wife Michelle have been married for 40 years and have made their home in Greenville, South Carolina, since 1988. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.

JOHN MORRIS

JOHN MORRIS

Area Representative • Tahlequa, OK

 

John Morris has been a field representative for the past 3 years for the Oklahoma FCA. John has a passion to reach students for Christ through FCA golf camps.

He and his wife Tracie, two daughters, son-in-law, and three grandchildren all reside in Oklahoma.

If you’d like to join John’s support team, just click on the button below. Every FCA Golf staff member relies on individuals to partner with them in their respective ministry. John has a team of donors who stand behind him, pray for him, and give to help support his ministry.

GRANT SMALLWOOD

GRANT SMALLWOOD

Area Representative

 

Grant attended Crichton College in Memphis, Tennessee as a two-sport athlete. After college, he coached multiple sports for over 15 years in Tennessee & Mississippi. In 2017 Grant stepped away from coaching as a State Champion Coach in Golf to Join FCA.

Grant and his wife Jessica live in Tupelo, Mississippi with 2 amazing kids (Jackson & Elizabeth). They love to travel, spend time with friends, and serve at their church.

If you’d like to support Grant and his ministry, just click the button below.

BOBBY KOHLER

BOBBY KOHLER

Area Representative • San Antonio Area

 

Bobby attended Texas Tech University, where he received a BA in Finance. It was there while playing baseball that he experienced his first FCA huddle.

While traveling overseas with a Christian baseball team for a few summers during college, he saw the potential to use his sport as a ministry.

Bobby worked in the mortgage business before coming on staff full-time with FCA in 1997. In his 12 years, he has served both coaches and athletes on the middle school, high school, and college levels.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Scott Chapman

Board Chairman
Glen Allen, VA

Luke McCann

Vice Chairman
Jacksonville, FL

Blair Greenwood

Ashland, VA

Doug Greenwood

Glen Allen, VA

Debbie Krieger

Jupiter, FL

Dr. Jud Martin

Scottsbluff, NE

Dean McQuiddy

Jacksonville, FL

Troy Mohr

Glenwood, IA

Cathy Moody

Prescott, AZ

David Price

Jacksonville, FL

Jim Sadler

Gilbert, AZ

Andrew Price

St. Augustine, FL

Peter "Yogi" Schiller

Rochester, NY

Ben Stegmann

St. Louis, MO

Bruce Twaddle

Maryville, MO

Ken Warmath

Owens Cross Roads, AL

OUR MISSION

 To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.

OUR VISION

To see the world transformed by Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

OUR VALUES

Integrity

We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately, and publicly.

Serving

We will model Jesus’ example of serving.

Teamwork

We will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships.

Excellence

We will honor and glorify God in all we do.

A TRIBUTE TO FCA GOLF FOUNDER, CAPTAIN BILL LEWIS

After retiring from the navy, Captain Bill Lewis set out to help young people find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the game of golf. Known to many thousands of people as Captain Bill, his vision was to make a difference. By making Jesus the captain of his own soul, Bill allowed the love of God to spill over into the lives of thousands of young people. For more than 20 years, Bill worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to conduct golf camps around the country.

Many other golf professionals and tour pros, such as Betsy King, Patty Berg, and Larry Nelson, also helped. Jack and Barb Nicklaus were also a part by sponsoring a tournament that raised funds for golf camps. When someone like Bill has a vision for helping people, others can come along and be a part the dream.

Captain Bill conveyed the message of what it means to live in God’s grip. He would tell people, “We all need the Jesus grip.” When we are in His grip, we have God’s infinite love and power.

His message was: God is there to love us, to care for us, to touch us, and to nurture us. Most of all, kids at the camps learned that God makes it possible for each of them to love Him back. Bill Lewis lived unselfishly and exposed thousands to the real Master.

Captain William “Bill” Lewis went to be with the Lord on September 7, 2005.

Following the passing of Captain Bill Lewis, the FCA Golf Ministry created a camp scholarship fund to carry on his legacy. Through the Shade Tree Scholarship Fund generous gifts every year change the lives of young people by providing them the means to attend an FCA Junior Golf Camp.

Send a young person to camp today and keep Captain Bill’s legacy alive!
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