Category Archives: Staff Profiles

Meet Stuart Ramirez

Stuart Ramirez was raised in San Francisco California. His family never attended church and the only spiritual contact he had was a grandfather that was Catholic. Athletics were his life growing up and after high school he had the opportunity to attend San Francisco City College and then East Carolina University on a football scholarship. Unfortunately many poor decisions resulted in his returning to California and continuing his football career at California State Hayward University.

After college Stuart had the opportunity to attend several NFL Camps and while preparing for one of them he met his future wife Robin and God began to work. She invited him to church and shortly afterwards Stuart surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. Today Robin and Stuart live in Matthews, NC and are blessed with two children, Collin 15 and Alexa 12.

In 2008 Stuart realized his desire to do ministry while using the platform of sports. He became a leader in the middle school ministry at his church, coached his son’s football team, and started having opportunities to share his testimony and his faith with young people.

In 2010 Stuart was hit by the economic downturn and lost his job of ten years unexpectantly. After the initial shock he realized that God was leading him into a new career. After two years of praying and seeking out opportunities to do ministry in sports, Stuart was introduced to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. FCA is the oldest and largest Sports Ministry in the world and offers Stuart the support, structure, and resources to do the work he has been called to do.

Stuart is presently in the process of raising support for his ministry and looks forward to serving FCA as an Area Representative in some of the South Charlotte Metro schools.


Meet Bryan Woodell

Bryan is a native of Charlotte, NC.    He resides in Mint Hill with his beautiful wife Robin and two children, Carson (18) and Savannah (16).   His family has been an active part of the Mint Hill community for some time.  Before he joined FCA, Bryan spent the last 14 years in financial services, 5 years as an agent and 9 years as an agency director.  Though the majority of Bryan’s career has been in financial services, he has always had a love of and involvement in sports ranging from college football to community softball and golf games.  Bryan loves to travel, have large family gatherings, and teach Sunday school in his church.

Throughout his life, Bryan has felt a deep desire to do kingdom work.  Until recently, he had done so by actively teaching Sunday School and participating in mission trips and other such activities.  It was 2 years ago, through specific life events, that Bryan felt a very poignant call to full-time ministry.  The question was “where”.   As time passed, it was put on his heart that something in the realm of youth, sports, and ministry was really his calling.  At the same time, he began praying with a friend who was feeling a similar calling in a ministry involving sports and youth. Through God’s providence, he was introduced to a gentleman connected with FCA shortly after.  And the rest is history!

In his words, Bryan feels that FCA provided him the perfect opportunity to impact youth through sports, while having a chance to work with their leaders (coaches).  It is this work with coaches that is just one more step in helping to equip and disciple our youth to be followers and examples of Jesus Christ.

You can follow Bryan on Twitter (@FCA_BryanW) to keep up with all God is doing thru FCA in East Mecklenburg County.

Meet Ryan Gloer – UNC Charlotte FCA Director

Ryan Gloer was born and raised just below Atlanta, GA.  He grew up in Fayette County and lived there until he graduated from high school in 2004.  Ryan earned a B.A. in Business Management from Shorter University in Rome, GA, and will occasionally shout out “Hawk Nation!” at random to show his enthusiasm and support for his team.  Don’t let it startle you…  Ryan loves lifting weights, deer hunting, reading, and watching movies with his wife, Brittney.  While in college, Ryan played linebacker for the inaugural Shorter football team (the first team they ever had!) and served as a student pastor at a local church.  He has an obvious and sincere passion and love for Jesus and for each person he comes in contact with.

Ryan surrendered his life to Jesus when he was nineteen years old, a month shy of his twentieth birthday.   Shorter University was the third college he attended and he had transferred there while only in his third semester. Trying to find his way, Ryan sought fulfillment in everything but the One who truly brings fulfillment.  Upon arriving at Shorter, he realized he was playing under a coach who was boldly living for Jesus.  That experience had a powerful impact on his life.  While heading home for Christmas break after his sophomore season, he felt about as empty as an individual can feel.  After holding on to his own ways for so long, Ryan finally surrendered everything to the Lord.  He told Him that He could have his life and that He could have all of it.  Ryan had a new sense of awareness that his life was not his own.  When he got back on campus, he shared everything that happened to him with his head coach, Phil Jones.  Coach Phil immediately got Ryan plugged in with the FCA ministry and the Lord used his involvement in the ministry to change his life.  He got connected with a church and was eventually asked to intern with the student ministry.  It was through his involvement with the student ministry coupled with his time in FCA that the Lord birthed in him a passion that has increased every year.  He later went on staff with that church and ended up serving as their student pastor as he played college football throughout his senior year.  As a fairly new believer at that point, he wasn’t sure what it meant to be “called into the ministry.”  It wasn’t too long after that he realized what it meant and it became a desire in his heart that would not go away.  There was, and still is, a longing in his heart to see people come to know Jesus and to make Him known.  FCA has given him the opportunity to see people impacted for Jesus Christ through the medium of sports and through the influence of athletes and coaches.

After graduating from Shorter in May of 2008, it wasn’t long before he accepted a position with FCA.  He was coaching high school football and serving as their team chaplain when the Area Director for FCA in Fayette County approached him.  It was in December of 2008 that Ryan accepted the call to come on staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He has been on the Atlanta FCA staff since that time!

In February of 2009, Ryan met his beautiful wife Brittney while serving at a Disciple Now weekend in Georgia.  Ryan had been on staff with FCA for a short time and she was in her senior year at LSU.  After their first meeting, it wasn’t until almost a year later that they spoke again.  After she graduated LSU, she accepted a teaching position in Charlotte.  Ryan’s best friend also happened to be living in Charlotte and when he came for a visit, he and Brittney got together for lunch one time and “that was all she wrote!”  They married on November 20, 2010 and Brittney moved to Georgia with Ryan.  Ironically, the Gloers are back in Charlotte where it all began!

Just a little over a year ago, the Lord placed a burden on his heart to step into college level ministry.  At the end of 2011, they announced that they would be following the Lord’s call to build the FCA ministry at UNC Charlotte.  Since that time, they have settled into their home in Charlotte and are already ministering to many college athletes.

Ryan testifies that the FCA ministry deeply impacted him as an athlete in college as Jesus used it to change his life.  The fact that he’s been given the opportunity to serve others in the same way stirs his motivation.  He believes that athletes and coaches, with their unique chemistry, are some of the most influential people in the world.  His prayer is that the daily impact they have will be used to spread the name of Jesus Christ.

You can follow Ryan and Brittney on Twitter for updates on all God is doing at UNC Charlotte thru FCA.  Ryan: @ryangloer, UNCC: @49erFCA,  Brittney: @brittneygloer.

Meet Mark Talbot, Metro Charlotte FCA Director

True Charlotteans are hard to find, but Mark was born and raised in the Queen City.  He attended Independence High School where he played baseball and football until he graduated.  Mark attained his BS degree from Clemson University  and met his wife Vicki there.  Mark and Vicki have been married for 32 years and have 3 children, Micah 24, Hannah 23, and Jacob 21.  All of which are also Clemson Tigers!

Mark has been in the Real Estate development business for nearly 30 years in the coastal areas of North and South Carolina, working primarily with commercial development.  He has also coached all levels of youth baseball and operated a baseball academy for 15 years.  Mark has been active with Coastal Carolina University Baseball as a close friend of the head coach and their unofficial chaplain.  He also served on the Coastal Athletic Foundation Board of Directors.

Some of Mark’s favorite things to do in his spare time include watching youth sports and participating in all things competitive, including running and competing in triathlons.  He recently completed several 5K and 10K races, as well as 4 triathlons.  WOW!

Mark first heard about the sacrifice Jesus made for him when he 16 years old. He was at an FCA meeting where Albert Long and George Carl shared the gospel at Plaza Methodist Church in NE Charlotte.  The news of Jesus was life-changing for him, and he surrendered his life to Christ. After he moved away to attend college, several campus ministries such as Campus Crusade and Navigators helped him learn to study the Bible, mature as a believer, and share his faith.  This was a huge time of growth for him and provided a strong foundation for his spiritual journey ahead.  Since then, Mark has always been involved in ministry, serving in churches as youth leader, deacon, elder, and as a founding member of a new church.

Mark believes that he has always been called to ministry, but when his kids left home and his business was simplified, it became obvious that God had a plan that allowed he and his wife, Vicki, to take advantage of a new found freedom.  It was then that he was called to take on the role of Charlotte Metro Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  The opportunity to use his experience and love for sports as the platform to lead ministry was a perfect fit.  He considers it a blessing to use the organizational experience he received from the marketplace to build the FCA ministry in Charlotte.

Mark finds FCA compelling because he believes that the younger generations growing up across the world are in need of God and the saving grace of Jesus like never before.  He is convinced that FCA has an unusual and powerful way of influencing this generation through coaches and athletes like no other ministry can.

Anyone who has ever met Mark knows that he is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus and he has great vision for FCA Charlotte.  Follow @FCACharlotte (Mark) on Twitter to keep up with all that God is doing in the life of the students, volunteers and staff involved in FCA Charlotte.  It’s going to be an exciting journey!