Mitch Sanford

MAI Location: Charlotte

Job Responsibility: International Tour Director





  • Leading international ministry through soccer with MAI since 2005
  • Currently helping MAI partner with ongoing sports ministry in Brazil, Kenya, Germany and Argentina, among others
  • Helping organize teams and trainers to model sports ministry and equip churches to mobilize/enhance their own ministry initiatives
  • Assistant Coach with Charlotte Lady Eagles for past two seasons
  • Helped launch Urban Eagles ministry in Grier Heights where I still assist when I can

How & why did you become a MAI Missionary?

My initial experience with MAI was on a Charlotte Eagles youth tour to Sweden and Denmark in the summer of 1997. I followed that up with another Sweden-Denmark tour in 1999 and a tour to Holland in 2000.

I then joined MAI after college as an intern to help run a short-term trip to Holland in 2005 and have been involved with the Charlotte office ever since. I officially joined staff in 2007.

My desire to become engaged in full-time sports ministry was the result of the impact that my tour leaders and coaches had on me as a high school and college player. I hope that I am able to have the same influence on young people today, encouraging them to invest their talents into the advancement of God's Kingdom.