Category Archives: About FCA Charlotte

2015 South Meck / Union Co. Celebration Dinner with Dabo Swinney a HUGE success!

Dabo and players Over 325 gathered to hear stories from local coaches about how FCA had impacted their lives and the lives of the student athletes on their campus.  As a bonus Dabo Swinney (Clemson Head Football Coach) spoke of his journey to coaching, to Clemson, and most of all to his faith in God.  Here are  a few of the highlights.

1.  God never says OOPS!

2.  When adversity comes into our lives it either defines us, destroys us, or God uses it to develop us.  Make the right choice.

3.  We have to be “Over Believers” and not just “Over Achievers”

4.  We have to be ready for battle every day, put on the Armor of God.

5.  We have to stay away from Things or People that are keeping us from being who God wants us to be.

In addition there was a pre-event with 30 local coaches where Dabo spoke encouragement to them to live out their faith in every area of life including their coaching.

Tad, Dabo, Bryan Mark and Dabo DAbo and Stuart Dabo Dabo and players Dabo pointing

2014 Belk Bowl Breakfast was a huge success!


FCA Belk Bowl Breakfast 2014


Volleyball Camp 2014

The first ever FCA Volleyball Camp in Charlotte was a huge success due to the commitment of coaches to bring their athletes and to our leaders who did an exceptional job of sharing their lives and Biblical truth with the campers.

High School athletes were instructed by college coaches and former college players.  Each athlete had the chance to receive excellent instruction while also receiving “ALL IN” devotional messages from our leaders.  In addition to the testimonies, the ladies were divided into huddles and met with a leader for discussion and sharing that was the highlight of the day.


A surprise highlight was our “guys panel” where three young men shared their thoughts and answered questions that girls always want to know about how guys feel, act, and relate.  Our guys did an awesome job and were authentic, honest, and hilarious.

This camp will prove to be a springboard for Vance, Stuart Cramer, and IMG_3826Lake Norman Charter to experience spiritual growth and outreach through their teams.

What’s New for FCA Spring 2014

Spring 2014 has seen lots of new ministry, new coaches, and excitement for summer camps.  Here are a few highlights.

Many of our coaches have been able to attend a “Weekend to Remember” marriage retreat over the last few months.  Thanks to Chik Fil A we are able to scholarship many of the couples to a weekend spent enjoying a much needed get away while hearing about ways to improve their relationship whether they have been married 3 months or 30 years.  Earl Clover and his wife Erin from Stuart Cramer High School had this to say about their experience.

mountain top“We went to a weekend to remember as an opportunity to have a nice weekend vacation together but ended up learning a lot about how to improve an already great marriage. We both enjoyed learning how to better serve God through our marriage and learned something new about each other in the process. If given the opportunity we would definitely go to another conference.”
sun valley hs logoNew coaches bring new focus to FCA at Sun Valley High School.  
north meck logoFCA emerging from the Football Team at North Meck High School.  Can’t wait to have these guys at Team Camp this summer.
queens logoFCA planning with athletes and coaches for a fall kick off.  Several key coaches and athletes investing their time dreaming and scheming.
2014 FCA Winter Blitz - 49er crewOver 50 students from UNC Charlotte attended the regional college conference in February and 15 are spending their spring break in Mexico on a mission trip.  God has done amazing things in a  short time.
Sign up now for FCA TEAM Camp for Football and Volleyball at FCA.allin.logo.reverseUNC- Charlotte. Teams are signing up daily.  Should be another record year.

Fall 2013 FCA Charlotte Update

Fall 2013 is an exciting time for the FCA Charlotte Area staff. Coming off of an active summer of our first local high school team camp, coaches bible studies, and lots of new relationships there was reason to anticipate significant ministry growth.


The first ever FCA Team Football Camp at UNC Charlotte was a huge success. Teams attending included Albemarle, CATA, Garinger, Marvin Ridge, Myers Park, and South Mecklenburg. Each team received their share of perspiration and inspiration. After three days, 12 Seven on Seven games, thousands of water bottles, and hundreds of pizzas the evening sessions proved to be the icing on the cake. Shep Shepard explained a gospel that Imageis for everyone and explained that nobody has a story that Jesus has not forgiven and paid the price for. With over a hundred decisions made, the spiritual movement on those teams is significant moving into their fall schedule.

Lincoln Lawing, Area Director in Gaston County is seeing FCA activity through coaches huddles, team huddles, and campus huddles in almost every high school in the county. Many are seeing the impact of serious bible study on their campus for the first time and the results are encouraging.

Bryan Woodell and Stuart Ramirez are following up on those schools who attended footballImage camp along with Porter Ridge, Butler, Weddington, and Providence. Many new doors are opening to create an atmosphere where spiritual growth is a normal part of daily life.

ImageUNC Charlotte continues to grow in number and maturity under the leadership of Ryan Gloer. The excitement of football starting up on campus has only created more opportunity for ministry and discipleship among the athletes both men and women. Growth has come so fast we are praying for a female staff member to join Ryan and help with the women athletes.

Many more areas where FCA needs staff, local volunteer leadership, and community support. Please continue to pray as we grow into Rowan, Stanly, Lincoln, and Cabarrus Counties for the first time.

FCA Team Football Camp announced for Summer 2013

As part of the continued ministry growth in the Greater Charlotte area, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes has announced an agreement to hold Team Football Camp at UNC Charlotte June 27-29.  Image

This is a tremendous opportunity for coaches to spend quality time with their teams during the summer focused on Football, Fellowship, and their relationship with Christ.

FCA Camp takes the best attributes of an athletic-focused camp and a spiritual-focused camp and combines them into an experience like none other. FCA Camp removes athletes and coaches from the rut and routine of their sport, friends, and community and places them into an exciting, healthy, athletic environment that allows them to pursue their passion for sport and clearly see and hear
Christ’s passion for them.


2012 FCA Training Camp for Leaders


On September 23rd, coaches, athletes, and volunteers gathered to be encouraged, empowered, resourced, and inspired for their leadership role with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  It was an exciting afternoon to see these leaders come together from all over the Greater Charlotte area for the first time.

Shane Williamson, Regional Vice President FCA opened the day with his experience and observations of the influence of a coach. This set the tone to pursue a strategy for ministry that begins “To and Through” the coaches.

Mark Talbot, Metro Director FCA Greater Charlotte led the practical aspects of the session along with many of the Area Staff.  Staff participating  included Bryan Woodell, Ryan Gloer, Lincoln Lawing, Stuart Ramirez, Warren Stukes, and Bethany Trouville.  Details on coaches bible studies, team bible studies, Huddles, and events such as Fields of Faith and missions were discussed and planned.

The highlight of the day was the FCA super deluxe Ice Cream Sundaes served by a group of awesome volunteers in bow ties and hats.  It looked like the Mayberry Soda Shoppe re-created. These coaches and athletes had no problem piling on the over abundant toppings.

The featured presenter of the day was Shanta Crichlow, FCA Atlanta.  Shanta inspired the crowd with her story of how God has sustained and guided her through victories as a Georgia Tech sprinter and the challenges of bone cancer.Her story of faith and courage was powerful and gave us encouragement for our own individual role in the Kingdom of God and the ministry of FCA.


Thanks to all who participated and we look forward to another event like this in the future.




FCA Charlotte Contact Info.

FCA Charlotte Contacts

Mark Talbot – Metro Director       843-902-7910                           PO Box 78793,  Charlotte, NC 28271

Ryan Gloer – UNCC

Lincoln Lawing – Gaston Co.

Bryan Woodell – South/East Meck

Bethany Trouville – Huntersville/Mooresville

Warren Stukes – North/West Meck

Shannon Powell – Wingate Univ.

Every Tribe, Every Nation, Every Tongue

FCA Missions is really connecting all over the world and the commonality of sports transcends language and culture.