Faithful friend of FCA,

This year’s FCA Sports Camp, held in Pella, Iowa at Central College hosted 260 student-athletes, 42 college-aged Huddle Leaders, and many coaches and their families. Of the 260 student-athletes, we had 35 salvations, 133 recommitments, and 93 who grew in their faith. Praise, God!

Here are a few quotes from camp:

“This camp has changed my life and the way that I want to pursue Jesus!!!”

“FCA has given me people that will be in my life forever after this week, God is so GOOD!!”

“ I love these leaders and I love these kids and if it wasn’t for FCA I don’t think I would be the person I am today.”

These quotes are just a small sample of the amazing feedback we heard from participants and leaders. As you can imagine, FCA Sports Camp continues its legacy of making an impact in the hearts of everyone involved.

This year was particularly special as Dave Turnball celebrated his 50th year having been involved with FCA Sports Camp. It was inspiring to hear him share his experience being involved with camp all these years and the tremendous impact it has had on his life. It goes without saying that although it forever changed him, his involvement alone has made an impact on thousands of lives.

Upcoming Events

FCA Golf Classic
September 16, 2021

Fields of Faith
October 13, 2021


Banquet Event
April 24, 2022

Iowa FCA Sports Camp
July 11–15, 2022
“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.”
– Romans 1:12

We’ve Moved!
We’ve moved! We accepted an invitation to move our offices to the Lutheran Church of Hope’s Hope+Elim building. Lutheran Church of Hope has been and continues to be a wonderful Ministry Partner and we are honored by this opportunity.

Please make note of our new address:

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
2500 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
Ministry Highlights by Area

Dave Applegate

-Awesome FCA Sports Camp in Pella, we had 42 college-age huddle leaders that poured into the high school campers, some quotes from our Huddle Leaders:

“This camp has changed my life and the way that I want to pursue Jesus!!!”
“FCA has given me people that will be in my life forever after this week, God is so GOOD!!”
“ I love these leaders and I love these kids and if it wasn’t for FCA I don’t think I would be the person I am today.”

-At camp we had 2 of our campers get baptized, in the fountain, by their Huddle Leaders, pretty impactful moment.

-During the weekend before FCA Sports Camp, we spent the weekend training and building up our Huddle Leaders, and had an impactful time in the prayer tower at 3rd Reformed where they were prayed over by the prayer team there. It was a refreshing and renewing prayer.

-Had the opportunity to be involved in Drake Football camps, being around coaches and players, and having deep meaningful conversations, I was able to step into their lives and hearts.

-During Drake fall football camp, we have an FCA huddle each night after a full day of practice, where we have players speak and share their hearts with their teammates…….reflecting on these questions… do you see God at work over this last year? What’s something you have done in the last year that moved me closer to God? How would you like to see God move in and on the team this year?

-Summer coaches bible study every Tuesday at 6 AM.

Renee Carver

-Urbandale FCA was able to hold an end-of-the-year backyard event on Monday, June 28th. The graduating senior leaders all gave their testimonies and shared how God used them this past year.

-The Urbandale girl’s volleyball FCA huddle wrapped up the year on Friday, June 25th at Twisted Bean in Des Moines. Only one graduating senior so most of the girls will be back next year for small group Bible Study.

-The DCG Girls soccer FCA huddle finished strong in June with a 2nd place finish at the State championships. Congrats to the girls!
They had a special speaker before every home game this season.

-Johnston FCA held its end of the year event with a movie night at the high school on May 24th.

-All huddles are planning for the next school year. Please be in prayer for all of them that they make wise decisions.

-Camp was such a blessing to all coach’s leaders and students the week of July 12-16th. God used the huddle leaders and speakers to share Christ with all and many accepted Christ for the first time.

-Held our first character coach training event on August 8th.

Luis Arredondo

-I was a part of the coaching staff for the Des Moines United FC soccer team which is a post-college team that plays in the 3rd division of US Soccer. We made it to the finals and placed 16th overall in the country. Which was exciting for our first year having ever participated.

-We wrapped up one of the most successful soccer seasons for the boys East HS soccer team. It has brought me so much joy to connect with students that are experiencing what I had when I came to the USA at a young age. I know God is using my experiences to help them with their transitions. We also hosted various summer activities for HS students, Des Moines Public Schools allowed me to host programing at Williams Turf Field where we had weekly practices and games most of the summer.

-We are starting to explore the National FCA Vision to include club, league, and world sports into our ministry.

-We are making progress with local churches by empowering them to use sports to reach and serve our city; for example, we helped Freedom for Youth do soccer as a way to reach new students.

-We are also growing the number of clinics we host by replicating what we do with Urban baseball for other sports.

-We are growing our ministry at Grandview, in fact, we have a waiting list for teams that want character coaches. Praise God! –> Please pray for our recruiting efforts as God brings more character coaches forward to serve this need.

-I served on the FCA Sports Camp Soccer coaching staff & we had 10 Des Moines Public School students come this summer and a few of those attending from this group had never attended a Christian event.


Deanna “Nan” Veach

-Developed and implemented the Character Coach Training (funded in part from Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona Dream Big Grant)

-Equipped 10 volunteers to serve as Character Coaches for the fall teams in my schools

– I am serving as Character Coach to 5 high school and collegiate teams that include a weekly chapel, prayer, and small group discipleship.

-Serving on the Grand View University Campus ministry outreach team

-Camp relationships were created with the 25 female huddle leaders. Ongoing discipleship since camp with several of them.

-Leadership Training held for athletes and coaches in preparation of fall sports

-Grand View coach Bible Study/discipleship weekly—Open door on campus with several new coaches

-Kicked off Newton Middle School FCA with a pool party

-Huddle organized Summer volleyball, movie nights, and tailgate game days

-Preparation of new High School huddle leaders

-Preparing to launch a coaches wives Bible Study

Gary Gravert

-Southern Iowa FCA Golf Tournament was held in June.

-In July most efforts were directed toward the sports camp in Pella where I served as the Dean of the FCA Sports Camp while also having a chance to get on the practice field coaching soccer with 41 campers. Prior to camp, I made the jaunt to Little Rock, AR to bring back hundreds of Bibles.

-In August we welcomed our eighth grandchild and I had a chance to welcome the men and women’s soccer teams at William Penn University. I will be serving as Character Coach for both teams.

-I have also been given a chance to start a Bible study for the women’s soccer team at Indian Hills Community College.
-I have connected with the baseball team, the men’s and women’s wrestling coaches of Indian Hills Community College.

-Things are opening up in high schools as well. We have an exciting year ahead in Southern Iowa.

Matt Schulte

-Transitioning my role to Area Director from Area Representative in South Central Iowa

-Onboarding Ben Schlachter as a South Central Iowa Area Rep while he works to become fully funded.

-Supporting Huddles for North Mahaska, Pleasantville, and Central College.

-Working with Pella High School Athletic Director on launching 3D Coaching for Pella High Coaches

-FCA Sports Camp Planning

-FCA Sports Camp Point of Contact and Coach

Rick Radcliffe

-I have been working on developing relationships and engaging with 90 coaches in the BGM, HLV, Grinnell, Montezuma high schools, and Grinnell College.

-I was able to have weekly visits to BGM and HLV to talk with coaches in person.

-Sent weekly devotions to those connected to FCA in my area.

-Started a coach’s bible study with BGM, Grinnell HS, and Grinnell College.

-I worked with the Grinnell High School student huddle leaders to help restart the meetings after COVID restrictions were lifted.

-Helped Montezuma High School start a student huddle with 25 students and 5 coaches.

-I met with representatives of BGM and HLV about starting a student huddle in their schools.
Upcoming Event
Calling all golfers!

Central Iowa FCA serves Des Moines and the metro area, as well as communities in the counties of Dallas, Boone, Story, Marshall, Jasper, Marion, Warren, and Madison. Currently, 56 high schools and colleges totaling more than 3,000 student-athletes are served through FCA’s Central Iowa office.

Funds from this year’s Golf Classic will be used to advance the ministry of FCA by engaging, equipping, and empowering coaches and athletes to make a difference for Christ.

Let’s Tee It Up!

September 16th

Legacy Golf Club,
400 Legacy Pkwy
Norwalk, IA 50211

*Four Person Scramble
*AM or PM Shotgun options
(7:30am or 12:30pm)
*18 holes of golf with carts

*Lunch, gift bag, and awards
*Online auction – Coming Soon

6:30 am – Registration open for Morning Shotgun
7:30 am – Morning Shotgun
11:00 am Registration open for Afternoon Shotgun
11:00 am -1:00pm Combined Luncheon for AM & PM Golfers
12:30 pm Afternoon Shotgun
1:00 pm Online Auction Closes

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