Team of Advocates
Rev. John H. Vaughn
Executive Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church
"I came across the Faith & Sports Institute during my research for my Doctor of Ministry project/thesis that is exploring the integration of faith, sports, and activism among Black athletes. I was excited to find others who are on a similar journey of exploration, learning, and teaching. For those who have been and/or are engaged as a player, administrator, or fan, we understand the ways that our connection to sports touches and moves us at some deep levels. There is a spiritual dimension to sports and I am eager to join FSI on the journey to uncover the transformational possibilities it provides us."
Retired LPGA Professional
"I have joined the Faith & Sports Institute Team of Advocates because they are intentionally working to integrate faith and sport at a holistic level for athletes and sports leaders. FSI is on the cutting edge of creating space and resources that will change the landscape in providing spiritual training, along with emotional and mental care in the sports world. It is an honor to be included among this gifted group of men and women who make up the FSI team."
Author, Speaker, and Former ESPN Producer
"Sports ministers deeply and lovingly invested in my spiritual growth, and their discipleship thereby enabled me to live and work in sports in a manner worthy of the Gospel. Working with FSI is an exciting opportunity to pay that gift forward and equip more individuals for this vital work."
Corinne Koehler Pence
Consultant and Strategist
"I joined FSI to partner with co-workers in Christ to launch FSI. I hope to use my God-given gifts to witness God’s glory as He impacts the world of sport with the beauty and goodness of Christ Jesus. I’m looking forward to all that is in store."
Eugene Habecker, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Taylor University | Chairman, Christianity Today
"As the premier entity with a faith and sports focus in the United States, perhaps the world, the Faith & Sports Institute of Baylor University provides opportunities for graduate students and others who are passionately committed to the integration of Biblical faith and the role of sports. This is a passion I celebrate and value."
Navid Mahooti, M.D., M.P.H.
Sports Medicine Physician
"My journey as a Christ-follower has inspired me to integrate my faith with every endeavor I undertake. I played sports growing up and in college and was convicted by the importance of faith and how it informs all that I do, how I do it, and why I do it. My vocation as a Sports Medicine Physician and marriage to a like-minded, award-winning sports journalist have afforded me unique experiences that have further shaped my perspectives on faith and sports. When I learned about FSI and its unique mission, I was fascinated by the concept and enthusiastically jumped at the invitation to serve on the TOA!"
Deanna and Sam Starling
Entrepreneurs and Sports Parents
"As parents and stewards of three young athletes, the most important thing we can do is provide a foundation of spiritual truth for them to grow their own lives built upon their faith. Whether the opportunity is within their God-given gift of athleticism or off the rhetorical court of competition, we want to provide our children a culture for life and love to be spoken into them. FSI allows for the ability to root that foundation into every athlete, which is why we feel called to sit on the FSI TOA."
Senior Associate AD, Baylor University
"I believe in the life-changing power of faith in Jesus Christ and the power of sport! Serving with the FSI Team gives me the opportunity to play a small role in helping athletes, coaches, staff, and administrators harness this power for transformational educational, athletic, and spiritual experiences."
Head Coach, Indianapolis Colts
"FSI’s vision inspires me with its intentional focus of doing theologically-driven reflection on competitive sports and engaging with the complexities and challenges of Christian leadership in sports. Additionally, I resonate with FSI’s ethos of how coaching is an authentic Christian vocation that matters in the here and now."
Valerie J. Gin, Ed.D.
Professor of Kinesiology, Gordon College
"It is vital to know, understand, and articulate a sound theological foundation and research-based voice to inform, influence, and impact the world of sport for the Kingdom. I am excited to contribute to FSI's mission to intentionally collaborate with scholars, sport educators/practitioners, and ministry leaders to educate, transform, and bring out the good in sport and the best of the people of sport."