Faith & Sports Forum

Faith & Sports Forum

October 12, 2021 | 7:00-8:00pm (CDT)

What Does Theology Have To Do With Sports?

Theology and sports. Two words that rarely go together. But at the Faith & Sports Institute, we want to change this. We believe theology has practical implications for how Christians participate in sports, and we believe that the people and culture of sports can add to theological conversations in important ways.

Join us for a conversation and Q&A featuring pastors, scholars, and ministers whose personal experience in competitive athletics has shaped the questions they ask in their ministry and studies.

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Cameron Friend

Youth and Millennial Engagement Coordinator
Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Atlanta, Georgia

Cameron Friend

Cameron Friend (MDiv, Truett Seminary) is a minister, speaker, writer, podcast host, and chaplain from Denver, Colorado. He currently serves as Youth and Millennial Engagement Coordinator for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Before his studies at Truett Seminary, Cameron graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. in both Political Science and Philosophy and a minor in Legal Studies. He was also a four-year letter winner and all-conference linebacker on the Northern Colorado football team. You can find his writing at Christianity Today and The Witness: A Black Christian Collective.

Jeremy Treat

Pastor for Preaching & Vision
Reality Church, Los Angeles, California

Jeremy Treat

Jeremy Treat (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as Pastor for Preaching & Vision at Reality Church of Los Angeles. He also teaches theology as an adjunct professor at Biola University and has published two books: The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology (Zondervan, 2014) and Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything (Zondervan, 2019). He played college basketball at Biola and has written articles and chapters related to theology and sports.

Marcia Mount Shoop

Pastor/Head of Staff
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina

Marcia Mount Shoop

Marcia Mount Shoop (PhD, Emory University) serves as Pastor/Head of Staff at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina. She also leads “Peace-ing Together,” a ministry of consulting, teaching, healing, and cultural competency. An author and a high school cross country coach, she has written and spoken frequently about sports, most notably in Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports (Cascade, 2014) and in the podcast, “Going Deep: Sports in the 21st Century” that she co-hosts with her husband, John, a former NFL and Division I football coach. A former college athlete, Marcia excelled in track and field and cross country at Centre College and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2005. Marcia is also the parent of two athletes. Her son, Sidney, is a scrum half for the Austin Gilgronis Major League Rugby team and her daughter, Mary Elizabeth, is a cross country and track runner.

Steven Waller

Professor and Associate Department Head of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies
Co-Director, Sport and Religion Research Alliance
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Steven Waller

Steven Waller (PhD, Michigan State University, DMin, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH) serves as a professor in the recreation and sport management program, associate department head in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, and co-directs the Sport and Religion Research Alliance. He is an Associate Pastor at Foster Chapel Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN, and a chaplain. His research interests include religious beliefs as a constraint to leisure/sport participation, structural barriers to career advancement for minorities and women in sport organizations, institutional evil, and professional identity/credentialing of sport chaplains. He has authored more than 60 peer reviewed research articles across disciplines, 25 book chapters and more than 30 referred encyclopedia and dictionary entries. Dr. Waller is also the author of two books, 42: Essays on the Intersection of Race, Class, Spirituality and Sport in the Jackie Robinson Story and Leisure and Fellowship in the Life of the Black Church: Theology and Praxis. He is currently working on a third volume entitled Keeper of My Brother’s Soul: Holistic Care of the African American Athlete: Interprofessional Perspectives. He played safety for the Ferris State University Bulldogs (Big Rapids, MI) football team.


Watch past Forum conversations:

Summer 2020: Holistic Leadership and Development

Spring 2021: Mental Health and Sports.

George W. Truett Theological Seminary