If you want to know what a “southern gentleman” is, you need to meet Lincoln. He grew up in Lake Waccamaw, NC and attended UNC Charlotte, obtaining his B.A. in Communications. He has a contagious smile, a southern sense of humor, and a heart to see young people come to know Jesus. I can’t think of a better combination! Lincoln is currently involved with coaching youth baseball and would consider himself to be quite a neat freak when at home. One of his life long dreams is to hunt and kill a “Bigfoot” so he can prove to the world that they do exist! In his spare time, he enjoys watching his brothers play baseball, working out, reading, writing, and hanging out with his beautiful wife, Rachel.
Lincoln and Rachel met at UNC Charlotte and only recently got married in July of 2011. After graduating college he spent a year as an outside sales representative at CPI Security in Charlotte and then began teaching and coaching baseball at North Gaston High School. During the time he was involved in his sales career, he met and began to follow Jesus completely. He began to feel like he didn’t belong in that particular line of work and that it wasn’t a good fit for him. He felt as if he needed to be doing something for God but wasn’t clear about what. One day, during the invitation at his church he felt God calling him into ministry, but had very little direction at the time. Even though he felt God’s call, he wasn’t immediately obedient due to fears that accepting a call to ministry would insure a life of financial strain for him and his family. Lincoln had always dreamed of having a “well paid” job and thought he probably would not find it if he went into full-time ministry. However, God started working in his heart and began to transform the desires of his heart to reflect those of Jesus. After a while of going back and forth, he finally asked God to show him what He wanted him to do and he promised he would do it, no matter what. God led Lincoln into education field where he taught and coached for a year. The Lord really worked in his heart during this time. After a year of being around coaches and athletes he developed a strong desire to mentor them in their spiritual journey.
After Lincoln’s first year of teaching and coaching, he felt like God was calling him in a different direction. He knew he still wanted to be involved in sports and young people but didn’t know how he could incorporate that with his desire to be in ministry. During the summer, a youth pastor he knew contacted him and told him about the FCA staff position in Gaston County. The youth pastor put him in contact with Mark Talbot, the regional director of FCA Charlotte. After hearing the details of the position, he immediately knew that this opportunity was what God had been preparing him for.
Lincoln is drawn to FCA because it gives him an opportunity to share the Gospel with coaches and athletes that he comes in contact with. It also gives him an opportunity to mentor people and disciple them. There is nothing he would rather do than spend time ministering to coaches and athletes in the arena of sports.