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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes engages coaches and athletes to grow in their faith and sport.

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Mike Phares

Hi, my name is Mike Phares and I am the FCA Area Representative. It was only natural that I grew up in the church and surrendered to Christ at an early age. But it was not until my first FCA camp experience during the Spring of my ninth grade that I was forced to spend time alone with God. We were instructed to go into the woods with a Bible and an open heart. There was nobody in the woods to provide direction or answer questions; just the Holy Spirit working through His Word. It was in that uncomfortable stillness and quietness I discovered God's amazing presence; the beginning of a day was later filled with competitive games, spirit-stirring testimonies, and honest discussion groups led by “Men's Men” who were in love with Jesus from the Alabama and Auburn football teams. 

Three months later, my family moved to a small town in Florida where I once again felt all alone in the woods. In discouragement, I told my father that I felt like I was the only Christian on my football team. He wisely responded, “You can view it that way or you can view it like you are the first.” I also cried out to God and discovered three other teammates who felt the same way. That was the beginning of Chipley High School's first FCA Huddle. God implanted in me a burning passion and drive to share His love; utilizing the playing field of athletics as a pulpit for 42 years. It is with that same passion I long to share God's saving grace, establish a thriving FCA Huddle on each Wiregrass campus, and help provide FCA camp opportunities for every athlete and coach. I pray you will join me and become a part of our FCA Team.

Lonnie Cochran

As a former athlete, God has granted me the opportunity to work with coaches and student athletes and has given me the privilege of sharing the Gospel with them. I am excited to be returning to the FCA team to assist them in their mission to lead every coach and student athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Please consider joining my team of supporters by clicking on the following link: https://my.fca.org/lonniecochran. Your support will allow me to make a lasting and meaningful impact on the lives of the coaches and student athletes. Together I am confident that we can be the light that God has called us to be and make a difference for Christ.

Ashley Dennis

My name is Ashley Dennis and I am new to the Wiregrass area. Originally from Houston, Texas, I moved here last summer after my Husband, Jackson Dennis and I were married.

 Years ago, after graduating high school, the Lord revealed to me that he wanted me to work with women. He specifically said, "He wanted me to restore hope for a future the way He restored my hope for a future. Ever since then I have done my best to follow that calling. After moving to Dothan, the Lord was faithful to slowly connect me with this organization and it was clear that this was where I could walk out that purpose.