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About FCA

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

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Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has challenged athletes and coaches to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is cultivating Christian principles in local communities nationwide by encouraging, equipping and empowering others to serve as examples and to make a difference.

Reaching nearly two million people annually on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels, FCA has grown into the largest sports ministry in the world. FCA’s efforts are focused through the methods of Engaging, Equipping, and Empowering coaches and athletes to reach their world for Jesus Christ.

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  • FCA has a presence at more than 60 high schools, middle schools, and colleges across the five counties comprising the Greater Chattanooga/ Southeast Tennessee Area.
  • Approximately 4,000 high school, middle school, and college young people are involved with FCA in southeast Tennessee.
  • Seven full-time staff members (Jay Fowler, Julie Watson, Laura O’Dell, Duvall Young, Hudson Smith, CJ Cesario) and three part-time administrative assistants (Lori Davis, Chad Pyke, Christine Smith) along with a 22-person Leadership Board and numerous volunteers, are responsible for conducting FCA activities in the GC/ST Area.
  • Over 1,000 area students and coaches have been involved in special FCA events such as Training Day, Fields of Faith, and a Leadership Breakfast.
  • FCA's local budget of $850,000, which funds staff, programs, activities, and camp scholarships, is raised within the area through donations from individuals, businesses, churches, and foundations.
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To see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes


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


Integrity – Serving – Teamwork – Excellence

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FCA Methods 

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 themso that they can in turn engage, equip and empower others to know and grow in Christand lead others to do the same.