Contributors

  • Meg Akehi
    Meg Akehi is a former Athletes in Action staff member currently pursuing a PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. She played volleyball at the University of Michigan. Yes, she can cheer for MSU while still being loyal to her UofM roots. As most doctoral students, she spends a lot of time reading, writing and coffee-ing.
  • Corwin Anthony
    Corwin Anthony played tight end for UCLA in the late 1980's and graduated with an economics degree in 1991. After a brief stint in the NFL with the LA Rams, Jets & Packers, he joined the staff of Promise Keepers and served by helping churches in the Midwest region build and strengthen their men’s ministries. In 2000, Corwin and his wife, Kim, joined the staff of Athletes in Action to serve as chaplains for the Miami Dolphins. In 2007 Corwin became the Executive Director of Pro Ministries giving oversight to the entire team of staff serving as NFL chaplains. Corwin and Kim have been married since 1992 and have two adult sons.
  • Rasool Berry
    Rasool Berry is a Campus Pastor at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. He's a life-long Philly sports fan and self-proclaimed armchair quarterback. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Tamica and their daughter Ire'Ana.
  • Kevin Black
    Kevin Black graduated high school with a 160-0 record before becoming an All-American wrestler at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a high school coach. Follow him on Twitter at @kjblack4god
  • Rachel Marie Brooks Atkins
    Rachel Marie Brooks Atkins is an avid Philadelphia Eagles, Sixers and Phillies fan. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband Jason (who unfortunately roots for the NY Giants, Knicks and Mets) and their son James. Rachel is a doctoral candidate at The New School pursuing a PhD in Public and Urban Policy.
  • Jason Cooper
    Jason Cooper played basketball and baseball at Doane University and now works as an Exercise Physiologist and Post Rehab Fitness at Madonna Proactive in Lincoln, NE. He lives there with his wife Asha and their daughter. Read Jason’s blog at levee-broke.blogspot.com/
  • LaMorris Crawford
    LaMorris serve as the team chaplains to the Cincinnati Bengals. He has a passion for preaching, communicating clearly and effectively the Word of God by sharing with others how God can also do an incredible work in their lives. LaMorris and his wife Megan have four beautiful children.
  • Aaron Fears
    Aaron Fears ministers to college athletes as part of the AIA Raleigh team. He played football at the University of Massachusetts, graduating with a degree in Sociology. He loves movies with superheroes, music, and krav maga self-defense.
  • Peter Gonzalez Gonzalez
    Peter was a long jumper/triple jumper UC Irvine until graduating in 2007.  He now serves as the AIA Campus Director at Arizona State University.  Raised in San Diego, he nevertheless aligns with Florida Gator football.
  • Jodi Hasbrouck
    Jodi Hasbrouck has worked with Athletes in Action Track and Field for nine years. Besides serving as a chaplain at National and World Championships, she also works with athletes at George Mason University. She was a pole vaulter at St. Cloud State University and now lives with her husband Brian in Washington, D.C.
  • Amethyst Holmes
    Amethyst Holmes recently joined staff with Athletes in Action after reporting for The Huntsville Times/AL.com. She is a former member of The University of Alabama Track & Field Team where she was a thrower throughout her college career.
  • Mark Householder
    Mark Householder has worked with Athletes in Action for 34 years in a variety of leadership roles and currently serves as President. He played football at the University of Cincinnati from 1979-1982. He and his wife Marianne have three adult children.
  • Bryce Johnson
    Bryce is the founder and president of UNPACKIN’ it Ministries. The mission of the ministry is to challenge, encourage, and inspire sports fans to follow Jesus and become more like Him. They use sports conversations that lead to faith conversations through media, resources, events and small groups. Bryce hosts the nationally syndicated sports and faith radio show UNPACKIN’ it, writes a weekday email devotional for sports fans called 'UNPACK this', and is a speaker and emcee based in Charlotte, NC. You can find out more at unpackinit.com.
  • Phillip Kelley
    Phillip Kelley serves as chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs. He left a baseball scholarship to pastor a church at age 19 and has since authored a book called Divine Disturbance: Broken to Build. He and his wife Frances have two daughters. Find more at PhillipKelley.net.
  • Quinn McDowell
    Quinn McDowell currently serves as the assistant basketball coach for Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk Virginia. He graduated from William and Mary in 2012 earning a bachelors in Religious Studies and playing four years of basketball for the Tribe Men's program. He was involved with several ministry initiatives on campus while serving in a mentorship capacity for a group of high school students through his local church. His love for writing, leadership, and athletics spurred him to work as a research assistant on campus in addition to his contributions on several writing projects with Athletes in Action during his post-grad years. He and his wife Lindsey spent the next four years overseas pursuing a career in professional basketball while he continued to write on the topics of leadership, team-building, and personal development. His website aretehoops.com is dedicated to building transformational leaders by inspiring and developing athletes, leaders, and influencers. He and his wife Lindsey were married in May of 2012 and have a son Titus.
  • Mo Michalski
    Coach Mo began working full-time with AIA in 2004 after 25 years of coaching basketball at various levels. His court success includes multiple state championships and Coach of the Year honors. More than 25 of his former players have become basketball coaches or pastors around the world. Coach Mo has invested his life in coaches and players across the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Middle East. He currently serves as chaplain/life coach to USA Basketball’s Senior National Team, the team which currently represents our country in the Olympics and FIBA Basketball’s World Cup, as well as numerous other NBA players and coaches. He holds advanced degrees in History and Teaching with doctoral degree work done in both Education and Sport Ethics from Rutgers University and Oxford Graduate School. He and his wife Kelly live in Xenia, OH, and have five adult children.
  • Reid S. Monaghan
    Reid S. Monaghan (@reidSmonaghan)is the founder of Power of Change, a non-profit organization which exists to serve the church to impact and influence emerging post-Christian generations with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is also active in the assessment and the coaching of church planters with the Acts 29 Network. Reid served 8 years with the ministry of Athletes in Action. He wrestled in college at the University of North Carolina, where his wife Kasey played soccer. They have three children.
  • Tom Petersburg
    Tom Petersburg and his wife JoAnne served with Cru's campus ministry for 8 years before transferring to AIA/Pro Sports in 1979. They ministered to the professional sports teams in Cleveland, including the Browns (30 years), Indians (24), Cavaliers (18) and IHL hockey (5). Tom is currently developing Catapult Ministries, focusing on equipping disciplers and influencers, writing discipleship materials and training new AIA/NFL chaplains (www.catapultministries.org).
  • Barnabas Piper
    Barnabas Piper is the author of two books, Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is Not the Enemy of Faith and The Pastor's Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity. He writes for The Blazing Center and contributed weekly sports commentary pieces to Worldmag.com for four years. Barnabas also co-hosts the 5 Leadership Questions podcast and The Happy Rant Podcast. He's an avid reader and sports junkie—especially Minnesota sports, having grown up in Minneapolis and while playing multiple sports through high school. Barnabas now resides in Nashville with his wife and two daughters where he works in leadership development at LifeWay Christian Resources.
  • Leslie Ruffalo
    Leslie Ruffalo is an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. She and her husband, Andy, live in Cedarburg, WI. Leslie competed for the Wisconsin Badgers in both Cross Country and Track. She and Andy enjoy running together, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with family and friends. The Ruffalo’s are Badger fans, but have a split NFL and MLB household. Leslie is a lifetime Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan; Andy roots for the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. Despite sports alliances, they are happily approaching two years of marriage.
  • Brian Smith
    Brian Smith is on staff with Athletes in Action at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is married with 3 kids, likes the Detroit Lions probably a little too much, and graduated with a degree in Journalism from Wake Forest University. You can find him on Twitter @BrianSmithAIA
  • Preston Sprinkle
    Preston Sprinkle (Ph.D.) is a speaker, podcaster, blogger and The New York Times bestselling author of several books.
  • Tyler Turner
    Tyler Turner ministers to athletes with Athletes in Action at the University of Wisconsin. He was an All-American wrestler at UW. He likes sports, loves coffee, and adores his wife Phoebe and two young sons.
  • Ed Uszynski
    Ed Uszynski (PhD, Bowling Green State University) has been working with collegiate and professional athletes in various roles with Athletes in Action since 1992. Currently he serves as Executive Editor and Senior Writer for the AIA website, while also speaking nationally to college students, churches, and men’s groups on biblical Christianity. Ed co-hosts a weekly podcast called Under Review, a show dedicated to an examination of ethical, social, and theological issues arising weekly from sport culture. His writing includes contributions to DesiringGod.com and other online publications, along with a chapter in the four-volume C.S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy (Bruce Edwards, ed.) and most recently in Sports Chaplaincy: Trends, Issues and Debates (John White, ed.). He and his wife Amy live with their four children in Xenia, OH, and speak together nationally at the Family Life Weekend to Remember Conference.
  • Jonathan Van Horn
    Jonathan Van Horn is from Michigan where he grew up playing multiple sports, but decide to play soccer, the game he loved, at a Div. III school -- Ohio Wesleyan University. There he was introduced to Athletes in Action and began his journey to integrate faith into competition. Jonathan joined AIA staff in 2002 on the campus of The Ohio State University where he ministered for 4 years before transitioning to focus on soccer. Jonathan is now the Associate National Director for the Pro Soccer Ministry of Athletes in Action and serves as the team chaplain for the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL (2nd pro division) as well as oversees ministries within the NASL and USL (3rd pro division) in N. America. He now lives in Cary, NC with Rachel, his wife, and they have three daughters.
  • Monty Waldron
    Monty Waldron is a teaching pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, TN, where he lives with his wife and four children. He was a gymnast at Oklahoma University, and continued to train post-college as a competitive cyclist and now Oly-distance triathlete. Read his blog at brokenyethopeful.com and find him on Twitter at @montero_67.
  • Ashley Warner
    Ashley played volleyball at Concordia University - Ann Arbor. She has been working with AIA since 2012. She lived in Mexico for two years serving as campus AIA staff. Since then she has been serving as volleyball staff at AIA's World Headquarters in Xenia, OH. She married Tyler Warner in 2015, he serves as football staff with AIA.
  • Will Whitmore
    Will Whitmore serves as the School Minister at Mercersburg Academy, where he also teaches in the history and religion departments. He is finishing his PhD at the University of Gloucestershire (UK) where his research focuses on professional sports ministry. You can find him on Twitter @WhitmoreWill