Friday, January 1, 2016

FCA Chaplains / Campus Directors Conference 2016

Registration is now open for FCA’s annual conference for Sports Chaplains, Character Coaches, and University Campus DirectorsApril 11-13, 2016 at FCA’s National Service Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

This conference is a good fit if you are a volunteer serving sports teams at any level, if you are a sports ministry staff person with chaplaincy responsibilities, or even if your role is 100% with a team or a university campus. Sports chaplains from any and all stations of service are welcome and will find their ministries enhanced.

This conference is always very well done with inspiring plenary sessions, informative breakout sessions for those serving in various settings, and lots of time built into the schedule for networking and sharing of best practices between individuals. Simply control + click the underscored links below to go directly to the registration pages.

All the conference information can be found at More information re: breakout sessions and other details will be available soon.

Conference Information


Option 1: $249.00 - Covers lodging, meals and conference expenses
Option 2: $125.00 - Covers meals and conference expenses

Travel Information:

Flights should arrive no later than 3:00pm on April 11, 2016, and depart no earlier than 1:00pm April 13, 2016. Please book your flight to arrive at the Kansas City International Airport (MCI).  Transportation will be provided to and from the airport to the conference.

Cancellation Fee:

Cancellations after April 4, 2016, will result in a $50 cancellation fee per person.

Deadline to Register:

April 4, 2016 (After April 4, there is no guarantee on available space).

Questions? Contact Molly Collins at (816) 892-1161 or

 FCA Staff Registration

If you are a FCA staff person
and would like to register and pay with your ORG#
please use this form
If you'd like to pay with your personal credit card
please use this form

Non-FCA Staff Registration 

 If you are not an FCA staff person
and you'd like to register with a credit card
please use this form

2016 Conference Speakers

Dave Gittings, Jr.

 As a 12 year veteran of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Dave's passion is to bring the gospel message of Jesus Christ to coaches, athletes, and all whom they influence. Ordained and called by God as a Pastor, Dave has been serving in ministry since 1998. He has served as Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Senior Pastor of Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Saint Simons Island Georgia. He has also served as Area Director, Multi Area Director, and Chaplain with Golden Isles FCA. In August of 2013, Dave accepted the call to serve as the Virginia Tech Football Team Chaplain, and FCA Campus Sports Ministry Director.

Dave is a powerful speaker who has touched the lives of thousands of student athletes and coaches around the country.  He is uniquely gifted in delivering messages that are relevant to a diverse group of people from various age groups and cultures. His evangelistic style of speaking has made a difference in his community, and around the world.  He has been a featured speaker at many school assemblies, community events, parent meetings, athletic events, camps, mission trips, and churches. He has been asked to give pregame chapel for many collegiate and professional athletic teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dave is a Native of Pittsburgh PA, a graduate of Schenley High School, and Veteran of the US Navy. He has completed courses from the CharlesStanley Institute, FCA Institute of Sports Ministry, and Ashland Theological Seminary and currently serves on the FCA National Chaplains Advisory Team. Dave is supported by his loving wife Kim, and his children Aaron, Everett, Niesha and Briana.

Dan Bishop

 Dan Bishop serves as FCA's National Director of Training.  He has been on staff for over eight years, and in his current role for two years.  He served in various roles in the field ministry for FCA, including Multi-Area Director, State Director, and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. 

In those years he also served as a Chaplain at George Mason University and at the University of Cincinnati.  Before joining FCA, he served in various pastoral roles for 27 years.  Dan has a Master's Degree in Ministry Leadership and a Master's Degree in Pastoral Studies. 

He played varsity basketball in high school and in college.  He still enjoys a good pickup game of hoops.  Dan and his wife Nancy reside in Lee's Summit, Missouri.  He has three grown children and four grandchildren.
 Roger Lipe

Roger Lipe is the Midwest Region International Coordinator for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Midwest Region includes the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. In addition to this role, he is the Campus Director for Saluki FCA at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He also serves the Midwest Region in developing sports chaplaincy ministries.

Roger has served as chaplain to several of the athletic teams at Southern Illinois University since 1994. He has also served as chaplain to the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League since 2012. 

Lipe previously served as the Field Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the 26 southernmost counties of Illinois for twenty-one years. 

Roger is the author of seven books of devotions for athletes and coaches. The latest of these is titled, Heart of a Champion – Devotions for the People of Sport. He is also the author of Transforming Lives in Sport – A Guide for Sport Chaplains and Sport Mentors. Both of those titles have been translated into Spanish under the titles, Corazon de un Campeonand Transformando Las Vidas en Deportes. 

Free to Compete – Reflections on Sport from a Christian Perspective was published in 2013. It is a compilation of the weekly reflections he has emailed to hundreds of sport chaplains and character coaches around the globe since 2007. 

The Competitor's Book of Prayer is Lipe's most recent publishing project, released in December of 2015. It is a book full of model prayers for a myriad of situations in one's life in sport. All of these books are available through Cross Training Publishing.

Roger has worked with several colleagues from around the world to develop This global network has enabled him to make dozens of international trips to facilitate ministry in sport since November of 2000.

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