October 25, 2017
The news I have to share with you is exciting, but at the same time, bittersweet. For 23 years we have served together through many projects, initially in recreation and then in missions.
Through missions, we together have touched the lives of people locally and around the world. Through sports, we touched the lives of thousands of community families. We have seen missions grow to become one of the strongest ministries at Smoke Rise.
Just as I felt a strong calling of God to become part of the Smoke Rise family, I feel that same sense of calling to a new area of ministry. For the past couple of years, I have been part of developing a non-profit organization called “Heart of a Champion.” Our goal is to build Christian character in the next generation of professional athletes with a focus on the LakePoint sporting community north of Atlanta.
Therefore, on April 1, I will finish my work at Smoke Rise to become full-time Executive Director of Heart of a Champion. Smoke Rise, through the personnel committee, finance committee, and missions committee, is graciously helping to launch me into this new area of ministry. This will allow me to go from Smoke Rise as a sports missionary.
As you read any sports article, it quickly becomes apparent that there is a great need for character development in the world of sports. Heart of a Champion creates a character development process for the highest level athletes in the travel ball and the Amateur Athletic Union arena. By building character in them, you not only help them but allow them to use their sports platform as a means of influencing others. I look forward to sharing more about this in the next few months.
This will not change the strong commitment of Smoke Rise to mission. Our mission champions and their teams will continue their good work with our partners. Jeremy Colliver will take on some additional responsibilities in this area, as will Page Fulgham, who will be serving alongside him in a supporting role.
Smoke Rise is a special place because of each of you. Thank you for allowing me to serve alongside you. In the next several months, you will be hearing more details about this transition.
Thank you for all you have meant to me and my family over these years,