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SPOTLIGHT ON A CHARACTER COACH


Katie Lamb, Riverdale High School Softball FCA Character Coach, recently was overjoyed when she and Coach Bingham witnessed the baptism of best friends Brooklynn Ott and Sydney Williams.The athletes have been best friends for the past nine years.  

Katie says her favorite part of serving as a Character Coach is seeing the "Ah Ha" looks on the girls' faces when they understand what Jesus has done for them. She has served as their FCA Character Coach for the past two years and enjoys sharing her testimony with them.  

"Living my life for God is the best way to live," she says. "Nothing can replace the love, peace, comfort, joy, and community that comes from living my life for God."

Eric Ott, Brooklynn's dad, played a big part in the girls' transformation as well, says FCA area representative Chad Degnan, who also serves as their youth pastor at the church where they attend and were baptized.

"Eric is their travel softball coach and three years ago they thought he had cancer," says Chad. "He walked up in front of the church and said, 'I need to teach my children about Jesus and literally transformed his life for his children. They often miss church on Sunday because of travel ball. On those missed Sundays, the kids do a 30-minute devotional in the hotel as they travel."

The day of the baptism, Sydney's mom shared in Eric's excitement that their daughters had decided to follow Christ. 

"There's no way to describe how special this day has been and how proud I am of my Sydney Grace," she posted. "She gave her life to Christ and was baptized this morning. The day was made more special because she shared it with her best friend of nine years, Brooklyn, who was baptized as well."

Brooklyn and Sydney are both juniors at Riverdale and have been starters on the varsity softball team since they were freshmen, says Katie. They both have been awarded post season awards and they both stay busy with travel softball as well.

Character coaches like Katie Lamb play quite a role in helping busy athletes like Brooklyn and Sydney take the time to learn about Jesus and the saving grace he offers to all if they'll only ask. Katie says her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11-13 which states,
"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

After sharing Biblical promises like these with the athletes and teaching them about Jesus' saving grace, Katie says her favorite moments are "seeing the 'ah ha' looks on the girls' faces when they understand what Jesus has done for them."

Katie has been married to Shane Lamb for 11 years when not at Riverdale sharing Christ with the team, Katie can be found being a stay-at-home mom to Nate,10, Rebecca, 8, and Britta, 6. She played volleyball in high school and MTSU and her favorites include:

Food: Pizza

Candy: Dark Chocolate

Movie: Love Actually

Season: Fall

Thing to do: Shopping

We appreciate all of our Character Coaches like Katie and the special bonds that they make with these student athletes to help them understand more about God and His love for them.


FCA Campus Ministry

 

FCA Campus Ministry

The FCA Campus Ministry can take on one of the following forms:

Huddles- A regularly scheduled gathering for the purpose of evangelism, discipleship, outreach and fellowship using the platform of athletics. 

 

Team Bible Studies- A targeted study within a unique team setting/environment that encourages and challenges team members to live and compete according to biblical principles.

 

Coaches Bible Studies- A targeted study within a unique coach's setting/environment that encourages and challenges coaches to live and compete according to biblical principles.

 

Character Coaches- A relationship driven ministry that reaches a specific team (athletes & coaches) through chapel meetings and spiritual/character development.

 

We have created an entire online platform called Campus 101 so you can learn how to do Campus Ministry. It's designed to give every athlete, coach, and volunteer a place to go and learn about what FCA campus ministry is and more importantly, how to do it effectively. Learn more at FCA Campus 101.


FCA Huddle Coach Information:  Huddle Coaches, please fill out and send to clanier@fca.org. Click here: FCA Huddle Coach Information.docx

Want to know more about being a Character Coach?

Click here for more details about what a Character Coach is!

FCA Character Coach Recruitment.pdf

Smyrna High Huddle Changes

Baseball coach David Looper recently stepped down as the school-wide FCA Huddle leader at Smyrna High School. He has served in this important position for many years. We are thankful for Coach Looper for his years of service and dedication to the Lord through the ministry of FCA. Coach Looper has impacted numerous athletes' lives through his commitment to serve the school-wide FCA Huddle. We appreciate you and thank the Lord for your willingness to serve.

As of January 2019, the Bulldogs head football coach, Coach Matt Williams, has taken the helm as FCA Huddle Coach and has hit the ground running. He, along with eight student leaders (one being his son, Keller), is excited and passionate about seeing Smyrna High School impacted through Jesus Christ. The group currently has about 40 members, and various students have worked with Christa Lanier, FCA area representative, campus ministry, to train for future leadership roles within the club. Coach Williams says that he is excited about sending athletes to Leadership Camp, held June 24-27 and about his new role as FCA Huddle leader.

Thank you to Coach Looper and Coach Williams for sharing Jesus with the athletes at Smyrna High School.

Special thanks to Coach David Looper!

FCA Character Coaches

FCA Character Coaches or Team Chaplains are an extension of the FCA Campus Ministry. They are led by a FCA Volunteer or Staff Member. A FCA Character Coach/Chaplain can serve any athletic team on campus. They work in conjunction with the coach to schedule regular times to provide a team devotional and/or Bible Study that has voluntary player attendance. 

Currently we have 47 FCA Character Coaches on campuses throughout Rutherford County!!

If you are a COACH that would like a FCA CHARACTER COACH/TEAM CHAPLAIN, or if you are a volunteer who would like to learn more about this very effective program, please contact Chel Dill at cdill@fca.org.