MAI Location: Seahorse Soccer La Mirada, CA
Job Responsibility: Director of Training - working with spiritual formation for the adult PDL team, summer soccer camps for kids, and international short-term mission outreaches. Also serving in office administration.
Bill has spent over 30 years in sports ministry after his first soccer short term mission outreach in 1980. After coaching for seven years at Nyack (NY) College, Bill and Lisa joined MAI spending 5 years in the L.A. office followed by six years in the Czech Republic from 1999 to 2010. Bill worked with Fellowship of Christian Athletes Global Initiative and then as Pastor of Small Groups and Recreation at Rose Drive Friends Church in Yorba Linda, CA. Bill returned to staff in L.A. in 2011 with a desire to focus on training the next generation of sports ministers.
In addition to supporting Bill in ministry Lisa works as a dental hygienist and is active in women's ministry at church. Bill and lisa have been married for 29 years and have three grown daughters.
How & why did you become a MAI Missionary?
I became a Christian at the age of 22 after graduating from college. Initially I was insure how soccer (which I had played through college) fit with my new faith. A soccer outreach trip to Jamaica, Guatemala, and Trinidad in 1980 with Sports Ambassadors gave me a vision for living out my faith through the game I loved. While attending seminary I coached at Nyack College and took part of my team on a short term mission to Mexico during the 1986 World Cup. It was there that I met Tim Conrad and Dave Irby with newly formed Missionary Athletes International. Tim challenged Lisa and I to consider joining their staff. We saw how my background, experience and desire to minister fit with what they were doing and we joined staff in 1988.