Category Archives: Happenings on Campus

Inaugural Dinner and Silent Auction for 49er FCA

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I want to say thank you for being a part of our first ever dinner and silent auction for 49er FCA on Friday night. We are praising God for such an incredible turnout. I have attached a few pics from the event and below I have included a few testimonies we received over the past week. Thanks for your investment and for carving out the time to join us. I’d love to hear from y’all!

Ryan, thank you so much for everything you have done for the 49ers FCA. I truly believe God placed you and our son, ******* there for his spiritual walk. Words can’t express how much we appreciate that as parents. Prayers for you and your family with this leadership. [Charlotte Athlete’s Parent]

I can’t even begin to thank you for your amazing contribution to fca at Charlotte. I personally know that you continually inspire my son to seek the Lord and glorify him on everything he does. I so appreciate you meeting with him on a weekly basis to help him work through things and to dig deeper into his faith and the Word. You are such an amazing inspiration and role model to him. Thank you so much. [Charlotte Athlete’s Parent]

My husband and I had the pleasure of attending the FCA fundraiser on Friday night and hearing you speak. I can’t stop thinking about that evening and the impact you made on me. I was very surprised for several reasons but I just want you to know that we enjoyed being there and we would like to support FCA in the future. [Dinner Attendee]

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49er FCA Dinner April 10th, 2015

If you are a 49er fan, and FCA fan, or just love sports and ministry this will be a fun night.  Lots of student athletes will share their experiences and participate.  Coach Lambert will share his thoughts on the impact of FCA and you will see the fruits of a fellowship created by God.  Ryan Gloer, FCA Director at UNCC will be the host and continues to lead through humility and grace.  Don’t miss this!!!2015_49er_FCA_Dinner_and_Silent_Auction_flyer

#FCARealTalk15

#FCARealTalk15 is a special event “Just for High School Girls” on Feb 8th, 2015.  Check here for tickets FCARealTalk.eventbrite.com or email DSheppard@FCA.org.    Check out the video too (YouTube – #FCARealTalk15)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TdVcyVrPKgSlide1

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.

Winter Blitz College Conference 2014 a Tremendous Success


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Words can’t begin to describe all that happened this past weekend at the FCA Winter Blitz College Conference.  There were 155 students and athletes from 18 different universities across North and South Carolina.  We took 51 of the 49ers from UNC CharlotteThree of our students surrendered their lives to Jesus while we were there.  Pictures and some powerful testimonies are below – I strongly encourage you to read them!  Love y’all. Much love from the Niner Nation.

2014 FCA Winter Blitz - 49er crew*We received this from a freshman girl we have been praying for since August:

I can’t thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to attend Winter Blitz this year.  This was going to be my first time at a Christian camp and I didn’t know what to expect, but you would be happy to know I went to Camp Thunderbird with an open heart.  Friday was an eye opener, for the first time in my entire life during worship I felt Christ in my presence. It was the most amazing feeling.  The words in the Bible weren’t just words; they were the Word of God.  They finally had a meaning to me.Saturday I felt something in my heart that was different from anything I’ve ever felt. I knew I was ready to follow Him and I did just that on Saturday night. If I had not been given this opportunity I would not feel the way I do today and I really can’t thank you enough for your kind heart. God bless you. Love always, your sister in Christ. [UNC Charlotte female athlete]

 I just wanted to say thank you. You changed my life this weekend. I felt something different this year and I loved it. You not only helped me but as I changed I told my girlfriend about it and she was wanting to change awhile back but I wasn’t there yet so she didn’t. But as I changed so did she. I just want to thank you again sincerely. I feel like a different man now. [UNC Charlotte football player]

 

The message on the first night is one that hit home for me personally.  The theme 2014 FCA Winter Blitz - guys prayingof the message was that “God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses”.  I have read that scripture several times but it had a whole new meaning for me.  I struggle with insecurity, anxiety, and not feeling qualified enough to share Christ. This weekend I learned that my struggles are not an accident and that God uses our struggles and weaknesses to glorify Himself! This weekend left me in complete awe of who God is. It left me with a greater desire to know Him more and to make His name known in all that I do. [UNC Charlotte student]

 I made a lot of new friends and we came together as brothers and sisters. I was especially heart warmed that the athletes took me under their arms even though I am technically not a college athletic competitor. [UNC Charlotte student]

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes

 

Appalachian State’s Jerry Moore shares his heart with Wingate coaches and student-athletes

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Wingate, N.C.—-Appalachian State University football coach legend Jerry Moore shared his heart with Wingate University coaches and student-athletes during a Monday morning breakfast in the LaVerne Banquet Hall. The event was sponsored by Wingate’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, in conjunction with Lakeview Baptist Church in Monroe.The winningest coach in ASU and Southern Conference history, Moore compiled a 215-87 record in his 24 seasons at Appalachian State (1989-2012), including 10 SoCon championships, 18 post-season appearances and an unprecedented three straight NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles (2005-07).

“One of the biggest spiritual influences in my life is my wife Margaret,” Moore says. “She works tirelessly behind the scenes to help me, including her leadership of a Bible study for players’ girlfriends while we were serving at Appalachian State.” Moore credits his wife of 54 years with helping him establish balance between life and work.

wingate logoMoore shared many FCA memories, including his first FCA conference in Estes Park, Colo. He remembers University of Oklahoma head coach Bud Wilkinson sharing four important points with him. “Coach Wilkinson said 1) …know what you want to do; 2) …work harder than your players; 3) …be fair; and 4) …utilize discipline 100 percent of the time,” Moore says.

“The most important thing about coaching…is letting your players know someone cares about them,” Moore says. “I’ve never forgotten my coaches from high school…and how they helped me on my journey.”

During a question-and-answer time, Moore was asked about Appalachian State’s Sept. 1, 2007 victory over the University of Michigan. “Our pre-game devotion was based on 2 Samuel 23:16,” Moore remembers. “The story about guarding your bean patch…I cannot count the number of times players and coaches have mentioned the impact of these words.”

Moore believes the ASU-Michigan game taught the Mountaineers many lessons. “We should always give God our best,” Moore says. “It will always be good enough if we give Him our very best.”

Moore credits the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for shaping his life. “If it hadn’t had been for the FCA, I don’t know where I’d be (today),” Moore says. “As we travel this road of life, it is important we make ourselves available for others. FCA is like a domino effect for me…so many positive things have happened to me…because of FCA. I am deeply indebted.”

UNCC Womens Ministry Update Fall 2013

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I am very excited about this update!  There are some powerful things happening in and through the lives of the female athletes at UNC Charlotte.  Praise God for the women that He has raised up to lead and serve in the ministry here.  Attached are some pictures that only just begin to share the story and below are a few comments that I have received from them lately!  Please pray with me for the Lord to bring us the right person to serve alongside me on campus to lead our women. Thanks for sowing into the movement happening in Charlotte.

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A few of the things that are currently happening:  There are 6 serving on our FCA Leadership Team, there are 5 heading to the Spanish Wells to serve on FCA International Missions over Christmas Break while another 2 are heading to Tecate, Mexico over their Spring Break, there are 8 of them going through our eight month discipleship and leadership development called “The Refinery,” they just hosted their first Women’s Night of Fellowship, and 3 of them are leading women’s Bible studies, and ETC.!

“Amazing night at 49er FCA. I feel so blessed to be involved in this group. It’s definitely the best part of college for me. Glory to God.”

 “Being able to pray before each game with the girls I compete with but are my best friends is such an incredible blessing! God is so good!”

“I’m so glad I found a bible study that I look forward to going to every week at 49er FCA”

“So excited to see all my amazing friends at FCA! I always leave encouraged, strengthened, and loved!”

“Had such a great time at FCA tonight! Got to do my two favorite things:  meet new people and study God’s Word!”

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ryan gloer

UNC Charlotte Campus Director

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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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.

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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.

UNCC Update June 2013

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Ryan Gloer
Campus Director, UNC Charlotte

UNCC_Logo_1cThere is lots happening at UNC Charlotte!  I praise God for all that has taken place over these last few months.  Below are just some of the highlights.

2013 FCA National College Conference:

Last week we finished up the 2013 FCA National College Conference in St. Simons Island, GA.  We were able to send 5 athletes from Charlotte to join 100 athletes from 30 different universities all across the country – ranging from Florida State and Virginia Tech to West Virginia University and Shorter University (my alma mater).  From Charlotte there were two softball players, one track & field, one cross country, and one football player.  This year’s theme is “Relentless”.  It was a powerful time as the athletes gathered to grow spiritually while being challenged competitively.  One of Charlotte’s female athletes spoke to the entire camp on the last night that we were there and got a standing ovation.  All glory to Jesus for what He is doing in their lives.

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As I traveled to the college conference, I got to stop in Fayette County, GA and sit in on a Bible study that we started in 2009 with three guys.  I wish I could describe how powerful it was to watch – I was pumped!  The three guys we started it with (who are now heading into their junior year of college) passed the torch to a younger guy who has led it for the past two years.  As I watched and listened to him lead I was blown away.  He spoke boldly, confidently, and humbly. With him officially graduating from high school last week, I got to witness him relaying the baton to a rising junior as he allowed him to lead the Bible study.  It was an amazing picture of the power of discipleship.  The Lord is continuing His ministry through faithful men and women who have made it a priority to pass the torch to the younger generation.

Charlotte Football:

A few months back Charlotte had their first ever spring game – they had almost 14,000 people in attendance, it was incredible.  I had the chance to speak to the entire team and coaching staff at their chapel before the game.  Several of the football guys are really taking it to another level in their relationship with Christ – please pray for them and for me as we continue on in the Bible study and one-on-one discipleship this summer.Charlotte Football spring game 2013

Thanks for sowing into the lives of the coaches and athletes and for allowing the Lord to use you to provide opportunities such as these for their spiritual growth!

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ryan gloer

UNC Charlotte Campus Director

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fall 2012 New Happenings in the Charlotte Area

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The new school year 2012-13 saw lots of growth in existing ministries and many new beginnings for FCA Charlotte.  New staff members worked to build relationships and ministry in several schools for the first time and new volunteers used their FCA tools to share Jesus with students from middle school to college.

A few of the Firsts for FCA Charlotte during the fall have been:

New Coaches Bible Study at Independence HS

New Coaches Bible Study at Porter Ridge HS

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New FCA Huddle at Myers Park HS

Wingate Football with bibles Game Football Devotions and bibles given to Football players at Wingate Univ.

Athletes Huddle at UNC Charlotte

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First Training Camp for volunteer leaders in September

Leadership team established for UNC Charlotte FCA

First Coaches breakfast for UNC Charlotte and a copy of Lead…For God’Sake given to each coach.

Distributed 67 Bibles to coaches and athletes in Gaston County

Took five athletes from Gaston County on an international mission trip to the Dominican Republic

Pre game football devotion at South Point HS (Belmont)

New FCA Huddle at North Gaston HS

New FCA Huddle at East Gaston HS

New FCA Huddle at South Point HS

FCA Huddle at Hunter Huss HS

Gaston Fields of FaithPresented the gospel to over 130 athletes and coaches in Gaston County through FCA events

New Coaches Bible Study at South Pointe HS

First Coaches breakfast for UNC Charlotte and a copy of Lead…For God’Sake given to each coach.

Four team bible studies at UNC Charlotte including Football