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   Aaron and Christine Faro

 

Joining the Summer Academy 2009 are Aaron and Christine Faro. They met at Messiah College and got married in 2003.  They have been serving with Missionary Athletes International (MAI) in various capacities since í03.

 

Aaron is a sports ministry veteran with a real passion for ministry among high school and college athletes.  He has seen the powerful influence for spiritual growth that is fostered in a team setting both in his own life and in the  lives of others.  Aaron was an All-American at Messiah College, and has played professionally with the Charlotte Eagles since 2003. His coaching experience includes two national championships in the National Christian Athletic Association (NACA), as well as being named NACA Coach of the Year in 2005.

 

Christine brings a great deal of experience in coaching and athletic training combined with a heart for young women.  Her passion is to see young women grow in the Lord, and combat the lies that they face in todayís world. She was a collegiate volleyball player at Messiah, and has served as a middle school P.E. teacher and volleyball coach, as well as a fitness instructor and personal trainer at the Siskey YMCA in Charlotte, NC.

 

Aaron is the men's coach and ministry leader for Summer Academy '09.  Christine will serve as the women's ministry director and conditioning coach for SA'09. They are excited to use their passion and experience within the Academy setting. To reach Aaron and Christine, you may email them at afaro@charlotteeagles.com.

 

 


 Rick and Janice McKinley

Rick and Janice have literally come full circle with MAI.  It was while Rick was in graduate school at Wheaton College that they first explored the possibility of fulltime work in sports ministry. 

 

In 1987, the joined MAI at their original office in southern California.  In 1991, they moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, to assist in the opening of the Charlotte Eagles, MAI's East Coast office.  In 1997, they returned to the Chicago area, to begin the work of the Chicago Eagles.

 

Having been a school teacher and coach for three years in Puerto Rico, Rick had seen first-hand the impact that sport, especially soccer, can have on young lives. Along with that, Rick credits a couple of Christian coaches with having a tremendous influence on his life.

   

Married in 1985, Rick and Janice now have four children - Lauren, Joshua, Lindsay and Joe. Since 1987, they have served on fulltime staff with MAI.  While in the L.A. office, Rick served as MAI's National Camp Director. 

 

Rick now serves as the director of the Chicago office, and is also teaching sports ministry courses at local Christian colleges. He holds a National Coaching License with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and has coached from youth to collegiate level for the past 25 years.  He is currently coaching boys U15. Janice is a part-time registered nurse, and a fulltime wife and mother.  To reach Rick and Janice, please email them at rick@chicagoeagles.com.

 

 


 

  Jeff and Margreet Dusek

Jeff Dusek joined the Eagles in 2003 and is Director of  Camps and Local Ministries.  His love for both kids and sports is a perfect combination for this ministry.  Jeff is responsible for working with and developing a soccer ministry both during the school year and for the Summer Academy.  He is involved with low- income, at-risk kids and local refugee kids, building relationships, showing Christís love, and sharing Jesus with them through soccer.  Working with the camps, heíll be coordinating the setup, registration, training the coaches, the camp program and follow up with each partnering church for all Eagleís camps.

Jeff coordinates the annual Chicago Eagleís Golf Outing which is the major fundraiser of the year.  Besides raising funds for the different aspects of our Eagleís ministry, the golf outing is a great way to share with local Christian business men and women what God is doing through our ministry. 

Before joining the Eagles, Jeff spend eight years as a missionary in Sweden at Torchbearerís Fackelbararna Bibel Skola, doing sports ministry, mostly through basketball.  He hosted six Eagles soccer tours from Charlotte and Chicago while in Sweden.

After graduating from North Central College in Naperville, IL (1983) and attending Taylor University in Upland, IN  (1978-1982) Jeff taught elementary school physical education from 1985-1993 in Carol Stream, IL.  He studied Bible at Ravencrest Chalet Bible School in Estes Park, CO (93-94).  Jeff played varsity basketball and baseball while at Taylor U. and varsity basketball during his year at North Central College.

Jeff & wife Margreet have been married seven years.  They met in Sweden while Margreet was attending Fackelbarara Bibel Skola.  Margreet is from IJmuiden, Holland, she speaks four languages fluently and is a great mom to Wesley (July 5, 2001) and Luuk (Oct. 9, 2004). To reach Jeff, please email him at jeff@chicagoeagles.com.

 


Chris & Cheryl Smith

 Chris and Cheryl are just beginning

 their journey with MAI. The call to

 full-time sports ministry came

 during 2004. After nearly a year of

 prayer and research, the Smithís

 reached the conclusion God was

 calling them to a ministry with MAI.

 

 Married in 1986, Chris and Cheryl

 have two children - Jonathan and

 Rebekah, who are twins. They all

 currently reside in Dousman, Wisconsin.

 

 Chris will be involved with assisting Rick McKinley with the collegiate Summer Academy program,

 discipling collegiate athletes, and supporting the computer systems within the Chicago office. Cherylís

 background as administrative assistant and computer trainer will be put to use part-time in the office.

 

 Chris has a State E coaches license and has coached youth soccer for the last 10 years and currently

 is coaching the local high school's boy's freshman soccer team. He is also certified to referee both

 club and high school soccer games. Chris also is certified to coach Special Olympics basketball and

 track and field. To reach Chris, please email him at chris@chicagoeagles.com and to reach Cheryl,

 email her at cheryl@chicagoeagles.com.

 

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