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About Us

 

The FCA Vision
 To see the world impacted 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.

Read more about us and the history of FCA below.

Greater DFW FCA 2001 W. Plano Pkwy, Ste 2050 Plano, TX 75075
 p) 214-739-8003
 f) 214-739-9122 


 

FCA North Texas Staff by Area


Below you will find the name of the FCA staff person who serves your particular area. Feel free to contact them with any questions you may have regarding your school huddle. Continue on this page for staff contact information and staff bios.

North Dallas (Michael Santiago): Area Director - Serving the ISD's of Allen, Community, Garland, Lovejoy, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett, Wylie and the campuses of UTD and DBU.

Northwest Dallas (Cory Largent): Area Representative - Serving the ISD's of Argyle, Carrollton/Farmers Branch, Coppell, Denton, Lewisville, Litte Elm and The Colony.

Dallas ISD (Brian Wilson): Area Representative

N. Collin County (Weldon Swann): Area Represenative - Serving the ISD's of Celina, Frisco, McKinney, Melissa, Prosper and Van Alstyne.

Garland ISD (Daniel Brooke): Area Representative - Serving Garland ISD - West.

Southeast Dallas (Danny Noah): Area Director/Camp Ministry Director - Serving the ISD's of Cedar Hill, Crandall, Dallas(South), Desoto, Ferris, Forney, Kaufman, Lancaster, Mesquite, Red Oak, Royse City, Rockwall, Sunnyvale and Waxahachie.

Forney ISD (Staci Kennedy): Area Representative

North Dallas (Ben Pollard): Area Representative/Coaches Ministry Director - Serving the ISD's of North Dallas, Highland Park, Irving and the campus of SMU. 

Northeast Tarrant County (Jim Sheffer): Area Director

Northwest Tarrant County (Janette Hahn): Area Representative - Prospective Staff

East Fort Worth (Chris Avila): Area Representative - Serving the ISD's of Byron Nelson, Hurst/Euless/Bedford, Fort Worth, Keller, Roanoke and Southlake.

Southeast Fort Worth (Ken Butler):
 Area Representative - Serving the ISD's of Alvarado, Arlington, Burleson, Celburne, Grand Prairie, Joshua, Mansfield and Midlothian.

Fort Worth Area College Ministry:

Chauncey Franks - Area Director- TCU Life and Character Coach

Coleman Maxwell - Assistant TCU Life Coach

Natalie Mayo - TCU Female Life Coach

Northeast Texas (Robert Bardin): Area Director - Serving ISD's in the following counties:  Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Franklin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood plus area colleges/universities.

Northwest Texas (Glenn Vrba): Area Representative - Serving ISD's in the following counties: Jack, Parker and Wise.

Northwest Texas Area Representative (Turner Schwarz): Area Representative - Serving ISD's in Archer City, Bowie, Burkburnett, Childress, Chillicothe, Cityview, Electra, Henrietta, Iowa Park, Nocona, Olney, Petrolia, Quanah, Seymour, Vernon, Wichita Falls and Windthorst.

Dr. David Fraze: Character Coaching Initiative Manager.

Kyle Embry: North Texas FCA Ambassador

Gary Smith: NE Texas FCA Ambassador

Staff Bios

DFW FCA Office Staff

April West

Director of Events
awest@fca.org
214-237-5104

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April West is very excited to be a part of Greater DFW Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993 with a degree in Tourism Science. She was in the hotel industry for the 17 years and most recently with Marriott International for 10 years. She has a background in Sales, Catering and Event Planning and specialized in social events and thrives on building relationships. April has lived in Dallas for the past 12 years and has made many lifelong friendships through Bible studies and is a member of Prestonwood Baptist Church. She enjoys spending time with her family, living a fit and healthy lifestyle, networking, preparing gourmet meals, singing, traveling and taking continuing education courses.

Melissa Burnett
Director of Office Operations
mburnett@fca.org
214.237.5110

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Melissa has served overseas as a missionary in South Africa, Thailand, Honduras and Morocco teaching English and serving children by providing feeding, medical, bible and sports programs. She has a background in ministry, administrative and bookkeeping skills. She is married to Tim and they have 3 boys. Melissa serves as a committee member of the Fivestone Women's Ministry at her church as well as leads the Bridge 56 ministry, preparing preteens to be leaders within their schools. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and crafts. She is very excited to be a part of Greater DFW FCA and be associated with such an outstanding ministry that works with our teenagers and student athletes in the community.


Field Staff

Chris Avila
East Fort Worth Area Representative
cavila@fca.org
408-396-2304
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Chris is passionate in his devotion to Jesus Christ. He’s had the privilege of traveling the world as a pastor, motivational speaker, and chaplain to over 250,000 youth. Chris has been helping people connect with God for over 15 years. His relevant and down to earth teaching style has made him a sought after speaker for camps, churches, pro athletes, entertainers, and conferences. Born in New Jersey in a struggling family of three, Chris learned the importance of having faith. Through many setbacks in life, especially losing his mother at the age of 12, Chris was determined to make something out of his life. His mission is to impact and inspire the youth of this generation to make ethical and moral choices through their lifetime based on Biblical truths to impact the culture. Currently Chris resides in Dallas, TX. He’s a husband to his best friend and wife Kristina, and father to two girls Mayah and Aria and one son, Diego. Chris loves sports, movie popcorn, white cherry slurpees, working out, traveling, and hanging with his family.

Robert Bardin 
Northeast Texas Area Director  
Rbardin@fca.org
(903) 752-9339

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Robert was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of R.L. Turner High School, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He ran track with the Bison while attending OBU. Robert has been on staff with FCA since November 2011 after 25 years of serving on church staffs in Dallas, Sweetwater and Tyler, Texas. He and his family have lived in the Tyler / Northeast Texas area since 1997. He is married to the former Barbara Laurence (also a native of Dallas), graduate of Bryan Adams High School, Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. One of the best things in life has been the opportunity to do ministry together. Barbara currently works at the University of Texas at Tyler. They have one son, Taylor, a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler and current student at Universal Technical Institute in Dallas.


Daniel Brooke
Garland ISD Area Representative
dbrooke@fca.org
972-310-4010

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Daniel was born and raised in Plano, Texas. He attended high school at Prestonwood Christian Academy, where he played football. It was through the death of one of Daniel's coaches that he truly came to know Christ. Daniel had the opportunity to play college football at Abilene Christian University. After football ended in the spring of his sophomore year, Daniel was asked to join the FCA leadership team at ACU. God truly closed one door and opened another with FCA for Daniel where he found the best community and accountability anyone could ask for. After two seasons of coaching high school football in Plano and in Houston, Daniel is excited to join the FCA staff and begin serving coaches and athletes in North Texas. 

Ken Butler
Southeast Fort Worth Area Representative
kbutler@fca.org
817-705-6244
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Ken was born and has lived most of his life in Arlington, Texas. He graduated from Lamar High School in 1991 and went on to study youth ministry at Christ for the Nations Institute. He served as a youth minster for 12 years in the DFW area. He has served as volunteer chaplain for Varsity football programs in Arlington for 14 years. He and his wife Christi have been married for 18 years and have two kids, Sydney 16, and Brice 13. As a family they enjoy spending time at the movies and taking in a Rangers game.

Chauncey Franks
TCU Life and Character Coach
cfranks@fca.org  
214-621-6448

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Originally from Lockhart, Texas, Chauncey received his bachelor and masters degrees from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls , where he also played football, and was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. After graduating, he also spent some time as a college football coach and graduate assistant. Chauncey has been with FCA since July of 2004. In 2010 Chauncey began to serve as the TCU-FCA Life & Character Coach. As Chaplain for the TCU Football Team, Chauncey oversees the FCA ministry at TCU. The TCU-FCA ministry is reaching over 300 TCU Coaches & Student Athletes through weekly bible studies, pre-game chapels, life skills development, mentoring and discipleship. Chauncey is married to Danika Franks and they have three children - a son Eli and daughters Eden and Ellie. They also have two boxers, Foreman and Leila. In his spare time, you may find Chauncey on any of the DFW area lakes and ponds, bass fishing or out searching for new Texas barbeque hotspots.

Dr. David Fraze
Manager of Character Coach Initiative
dfraze@fca.org
806-239-1653

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David Fraze (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) has served as a student minister for over 25 years. He has served in the local church and trained student ministry undergrad and graduate students at Lubbock Christian University and Lipscomb University. David is a popular speaker at Youth Events, Public/Private School Events, Ministry Trainings and Seminars. He is also a writer who has contributed articles for youthspecialties.com, ENGAGE, the quarterly journal of The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, Youth Worker Journal, Journal of Student Ministries, and the Fuller Youth Institute. He works with the Fuller Youth Institute as a Sticky Faith presenter and Youth Specialties as a Ministry Coach. He also works with Lubbock Christian University as Special Assistant to The President. Six years ago David began working as a volunteer Character Coach for FCA and has witnessed the Kingdom impact this position has on students and coaches on and off the field. This impact led David to join the FCA team. He is married to Lisa and they have two children, Braeden and Shelbee. He loves spending time with his family.

Dr. Janette Hahn
NW Tarrant County Area Representative (prospective)
jhahn@fca.org

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Staci Kennedy
Forney ISD Area Representative
skennedy@fca.org 

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Cory Largent
Northwest Dallas Area Representative
clargent@fca.org
469-216-5124
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Cory was born in Dallas, Texas but has lived most of his life in the city of Lewisville.  He is a graduate of Lewisville High School and received a degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas. Cory has spent the last 6 years with the Lewisville School District coaching and teaching. God led him to start his first FCA Huddle at DeLay Middle School 5 years ago. Cory believes God is calling him to use his spiritual gifts and personal experiences to minister to coaches, campuses, communities and camps in order to glorify Him. He enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and his two children, Cayden James and Sadie Grace. His hobbies include golfing, fishing, reading and playing just about any sport.

Natalie Mayo
TCU Representative - Female Life Coach
nwall@fca.org
817-888-4877

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Originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, Natalie grew up having a love for all sports and tried to play as many as possible. She played soccer at John Brown University and majored in marketing, but her minor in ministry is where she felt the Lord leading her. After college, she moved to Fort Worth to be close to family. She coached goalkeepers for a club team of kids for several years. Soon, the Lord put in on her heart to pursue vocational ministry and she applied for and was accepted into the Watermark Residency Program. She has grown deeper in her love for Christ and is so thankful for the opportunity to learn His Word and apply it in sports ministry through FCA. She feels her dream job has come true now that she has the honor of discipling athletes to bring glory of God. "I am so excited to see God move in incredible ways on TCU's campus!
 

Coleman Maxwell
Assistant TCU Life Coach
cmaxwell@fca.org
806-535-3771

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Coleman was the assistant chaplain for Texas Tech’s football program from 2010-2012. During that time period, he grew passionate about seeing athletes communicating, living, and competing with the purpose of giving God the glory. Now on staff with DFW FCA, he serves alongside Chauncey Franks in the college chaplaincy ministry.  He and his beautiful wife, Megan, currently reside in Fort Worth, TX and are excited to have the opportunity for building relationships with coaches, athletes, and families in and around their hometown.

Danny Noah
Southeast Dallas Area Director
Camp Ministry Coordinator
dnoah@fca.org
214-837-6502
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Danny joined the Greater Dallas FCA staff in November of 2005.   He is a graduate of Skyline High School and Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Ministries.  He became involved with FCA while serving as the youth pastor of Kiestwood Assembly of God in Southern Dallas County.  For over 14 years, Danny served as a featured speaker in local huddles and as the athletic chaplain for Kimball High School. Danny is married to Anhel and they have one daughter, Sophia Danielle. They enjoy white water rafting, shopping, and watching movies. Danny also plays the keyboard and Anhel loves to decorate.

Ben Pollard 
North DISD Area Representative /Coaches Ministry Director
bpollard@fca.org
512-364-1981
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Ben joins our FCA family after twenty-eight years as a Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach. Pollard’s stops include Texas Tech, Sam Houston State, TCU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Texas State and most recently Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. While attending a Billy Graham crusade during the year 1975 in Lubbock, Texas, Pollard surrendered his life to Christ. He credits much of his early discipleship to FCA Area Director, Ed Mooney, and his Huddle Leader at Coronado High School, John Dudley. Pollard is a two-time graduate of Texas Tech University where he received his BA in 1984, and his Master of Education in 1987. This is also where he began his coaching career under the direction of former Dallas Cowboy Strength and Conditioning Coach, Joe Juraszek. Ben is married to the former Leslie Willis, a graduate of Stratford High School in Houston, and the University of Texas. The two met at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas and were married at Believers Chapel in 1987. Ben and Leslie have three children: son Harrison (24) married to Jessi and daughter Melissa (22) married to Tyler Carroll and son Everett (19) a sophomore at Taylor University.

Michael Santiago
North Dallas Area Director/Dallas College Ministry
msantiago@fca.org
214-924-2184

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Michael has been on staff with FCA since August of 2003. Michael and Stefanie have been married 18 years. They have two sons, Drew (14) rides with Matrix Cycling Team and Aaron (12) is a second year Taekwondo athlete. Stefanie is in leadership with Bible Study Fellowship and serves alongside Michael in various ministries at their local church. They enjoy being active outside, grilling, garage sales, and sports.

Turner Schwarz
Greater Wichita Falls Area Representative
Tschwarz@fca.org
(817) 729-8322

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Turner is a recent graduate of Judson University, where he played basketball. He received his degree in Christian Ministries, and held the position of worship minister to the FCA on campus. He also served as Worship Intern at a church in Chicago for three years. He and his wife, Cesally, were married in June of 2016. Turner loves to worship and loves athletes, and is excited to begin serving in the Wichita Falls Area. 

Jim Sheffer
Northeast Tarrant County Area Director
jsheffer@fca.org

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Jim was born in Knoxville, TN and attended school there at the University of Tennessee where he became a Christian in an FCA Meeting as a Freshman. Upon graduation, he moved to North Georgia and served as FCA Sponsor in the High School where he coached and taught. After 12 years in business back in Tennessee where he served as a FCA Board Member and volunteer in different locations, he was “called into the Ministry” and came on FCA Staff in the Nashville area serving nine years. He has served with other Evangelical Non-profit Ministries in TN and Texas for 12 years since then and is now happy to be back on Team FCA as Area Director in NE Tarrant County. Jim is married to Gina, a flight attendant with American, and they have five children and one dog. Jim loves Jesus and all sports, especially college football.

Weldon Swann 
North Collin County Area Representative
wswann@fca.org
972-768-8558
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Weldon comes to FCA after teaching and coaching for 35 years in the Metroplex. His coaching stops include North Mesquite HS, Cedar Hill HS, Mesquite HS, Poteet HS, Allen HS, Dallas Thomas Jefferson HS, and Frisco Centennial HS. Throughout his career he served as the Campus Huddle Coach and has seen countless lives of athletes and coaches impacted for Christ through FCA.

He and his wife Lisa have been married for 29 years. They have four children: Elizabeth, twins Madilyn and Jake, and Hayden.



Glenn Vrba 

Northwest Texas Area Representative
Gvrba@fca.org
(940) 255-1681

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Brian Wilson
DISD Area Representative
bwilson@fca.org
214-766-4859

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VISION

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

MISSION

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

VALUES

Our relationships will demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.

INTEGRITY • We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately and publicly. (Proverbs 11:3)

SERVING • We will model Jesus’ example of serving. (John 13:1-17)

TEAMWORK • We will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships.(Philippians 2:1-4)

EXCELLENCE • We will honor and glorify God in all we do. (Colossians 3:23-24)

STRATEGY

To and Through the Coach

We pursue our vision and mission through the strategy of to and through the coach. We seek ministry first to coaches hearts, marriages and families. Then, when ready, we minister through coaches to their fellow coaches, teams and athlete leaders.

Billy Graham said, “A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.” With the influence of a coach, FCA recognizes the most strategic way to reach more athletes is to first reach the coach.

METHODS

As FCA matures, we seek to make disciples through our methods of engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same.

ENGAGE • (1 Thessalonians 2:8)

We engage relationally by connecting with individuals and through events in many different environments by building genuine trust, sharing our lives and sharing the gospel. We strive

to connect with coaches and athletes where they are on their spiritual journey.

EQUIP • (Ephesians 4:12)

After cultivating relationships and once coaches and athletes come to faith in Christ, we want to equip them with Christ-centered training, events, resources and on-going support in what it means to be a follower of Christ, growing

in God’s Word and applying it to life.

EMPOWER • (2 Timothy 2:2)

Once equipped, we empower faithful leaders who desire to use their time, talents and treasures to help other coaches and athletes experience the gospel, grow in their faith and share Him with others. We desire to develop disciples who make disciples, assisting them so that they can in turn engage, equip and empower others to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same.

Greater DFW FCA Executive Leadership Board

Jim Sundberg - Chairman, Akin Ayodele, Mark Biebighauser (Chairman Elect-2019), Mike Bourland (Team Co-Captain), Stephen Brown, Pat Combs, Trent Detamore, David Dykhuizen, Rick Fambro (Team Co-Captain),  Joel Justiss (Team Captain), Cody Kiser (Team Co-Captain), Dr. Jimmy Laferney (Team Captain), Jimmy Martin (Team Co-Captain), Marc McCartney (Team Co-Captain), Lance McKoy, Charlie Muller, Dan Pitts, Jr., David Ritz (Team Co-Captain), Kris Shelton, Ed Sherrill,  Dave Stone, Kevin Summers, Jeanne Paull-Taylor, Daniel L. White, Jack Woodworth, Martin Yung
 


Character & Leadership Initiative Advisory Board 

 Randy Allen, Bob Bowlsby, Bob Breunig, Tim Brown, Pat Combs, Joel Justiss, Bill Krisher, David Ritz, Dr. Larry Taylor, Dr. John Tolson, Roger Staubach, Jim Sundberg

DFW FCA - THEN and NOW


 

God chose a young coach by the name of Don McClanen, with a dream of reaching coaches and athletes with the gospel, to begin FCA in 1954. A few years later, in June of 1962 at a National FCA Conference in Estes Park, the Lord called another young coach with a similar passion. That happened to be Coach Tom Landry who helped officially launch the Dallas chapter of FCA on April 21, 1966.

Coach Landry was aided by other founding members: Ron Case, Jim Evans, Herschel Forester, Bill Forester, Tiny Goss and Darrell Lafitte along with the first regional FCA Director, Bill Krisher, and Coach Jim Myers.

Later on, the Ft. Worth chapter was formed with Dennis Conner hired to lead that area in 1977. Conner was assisted by volunteers Marshall “Boogie” Robinson, Joe Lenamon, Mike Bourland, James Garner, Ray Taylor, Trent Detamore and Ronald Clinkscale. The first FCA field ministry representative for the area was a young seminary student named Neal Jeffrey!

In 2012, FCA Regional V.P., Wade Hopkins, initiated the merging of these two areas and the DFW Fellowship of Christian Athletes was created under the leadership of current North Texas Multi-Area Director, Rick Bowles, with guidance from both the Dallas and Ft. Worth leadership boards.

Of the original founders, board members and volunteers, many have continued to serve FCA throughout the years. That includes the Landry family who has faithfully supported the ministry, attending numerous events and lending their involvement behind the scenes as well. Mrs. Alicia Landry is still a major sponsor of Tom Landry Open and Tom Landry, Jr. serves on the DFW FCA Landry/Carter Endowment Board.

It is impossible to list all the names of those who contributed to building this ministry. But, reflecting on our past, being reminded of the passion and dedication of those who came before us, encourages us to continue their legacy. Especially knowing that, today, the need is as great as it ever has been for the influence of FCA on our campuses and in our communities.

With the help of our support team, donors and volunteers, we are resolved to continue pursuing our vision, "To see the world impacted by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes."


"When I coached the Dallas Cowboys, I looked for "impact players." Those who could alter and change the momentum during the games and those who could lead by example. The impact players often led us to victory. Just like the impact players for the Cowboys, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has made an impact in this nation - male and female athletes of all ages, coaches on all levels, families, corporations, churches and many others known only to God. All have made an impact for Christ." TOM LANDRY


FCA - 60 Years and Counting! Check out this timeline to learn more about our history.



Would you pray and ask the Lord what you might do to help us fulfill our vision "To see the world impacted by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes?"

 

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