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About Us


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.

Read more about us and the history of FCA below.

2016-2017 FCA Impact.pdf

 DFW FCA 2016 Highlight Video

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

East Fort Worth (Dr. David Fraze): Character Coaching Initiative Manager.

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

East Fort Worth (Ryan Young): Character Coaching Initiative Assistant.

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

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.

Staff Bios

Rick Bowles
DFW/North Texas Multi-Area Director


Rick began his career as a youth minister, campus minister, senior pastor and education director after graduating from Southwestern AG University in Waxahachie, TX.

His corporate background includes Senior Director of Marketing for GMA (Gospel Music Association) and CMTA (Christian Music Trade Association), Director of Marketing for Word Nashville Records, Founder/Owner of Positive Country Promotions and his own management/consulting company. He also spent 10 years with Christian and country radio stations in Waco, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee. His heart for youth and the gospel led him to FCA in 2007.  

Rick is married to Angel. His son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren live in Amarillo. Rick is also a huge sports fan, a former football official in Waco and Nashville, and he enjoys playing golf.


April West
Director of Events


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


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.

Chris Avila
East Fort Worth Area Representative


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.

Ken Butler
Southeast Fort Worth Area Representative


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  


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
E. Ft. Worth Area Director/Manager of Character Coach Initiative


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, 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.

Cory Largent
Northwest Dallas Area Representative


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.

Coleman Maxwell
Assistant TCU Life Coach


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


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 Director /Coaches Ministry Director


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


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.

Weldon Swann 
North Collin County Area Representative


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.

Natalie Mayo
TCU Representative - Female Life Coach


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!

Ryan Young
E. Ft. Worth Field Associate


Ryan was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He played offensive tackle at Kansas State University and played under legendary Head Coach Bill Snyder. After graduating from KSU in 1999, he was drafted by the New York Jets, later traded to the Houston Texans, and finished his professional career as a Dallas Cowboy. Ryan accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 14. After years of living life on the dark side of the world of professional sports, he renewed his walk with Christ at the age of 32. Currently he is enrolled at Kings University Gateway, and is studying to earn his Masters in Practical Theology. He and his lovely wife Charity reside in Euless, TX with their four children (Caleb, Michael, David, and Morgan).

Additional Staff for North Texas 

Robert Bardin 
Northeast Texas Area Director
(903) 752-9339


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.

Turner Schwarz
Greater Wichita Falls Area Representative
(817) 729-8322


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.

Glenn Vrba 

Northwest Texas Area Representative
(940) 255-1681


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


Charitable donations to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes go to support the work of those involved in our sports ministry. As a non-profit organization, charitable giving to FCA is tax-deductible. We provide tax receipts for donations. Thank you for giving to our ministry.

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.

The Four C’s of Ministry:

Coaches Ministry

The Coaches Ministry vision is to redeem sports through transformed coaches. FCA ministers to coaches through Bible studies, prayer support, discipleship and mentoring, resources, outreach events and retreats.

Campus Ministry

The Campus Ministry is initiated and led by student-athletes and coaches on junior high, high school and college campuses. It has four ministry types: Huddles, Team Bible Studies, Chaplain Programs and Coaches Bible Studies. Additionally, outreach events take place on the campus such as One Way 2 Play — Drug Free programs, school assemblies and the annual Fields of Faith event.

Camp Ministry

Camps are a time of “inspirations and perspiration” for coaches and athletes to reach their potential by offering comprehensive athletic, spiritual and leadership training. These types of camps are Sports Camp, Leadership Camp, Coaches Camp, Power Camp, Partnership Camp, Team Camp and International Camp.

Community Ministry

The “win” of Community Ministry is to see the community reached for Jesus Christ through adult involvement. FCA partners with local churches, businesses, parents and volunteers to invest in coaches and athletes participating in club, recreational and youth sports teams. FCA Teams have also been created to impact the sports community. Other areas of Community Ministry include adult ministries, professional athlete ministries, resources and clinics.

The FCA 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)

Greater DFW FCA Executive
 Leadership Board

 Jim Sundberg - Chairman, Akin Ayodele, Mark Biebighauser, Mike Bourland, Stephen Brown, Pat Combs, Trent Detamore, David Dykhuizen, Rick Fambro, Jeremy Goldschmeding, Joel Justiss, Cody Kiser, Dr. Jimmy Laferney, Lance McKoy, Charlie Muller, Dan Pitts, Jr., David Ritz, Kris Shelton, Ed Sherrill, David Shivers, Dave Stone, Kevin Summers, Jeanne Paull-Taylor, Jack Woodworth, Martin Yung

Character & Leadership Initiative 
Advisory Board 

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



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 for 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.