FCA Baseball Staff are missionaries who in faith have stepped out to serve Jesus and see kingdom impact. All staff are faith funded by a home team made up of gospel patrons who support through prayer, encouragement, and financial giving.
SO CAL BASEBALL MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Ben came to FCA Baseball after spending 5 years with Missionary Athletes International, a non-profit Christian soccer ministry. Ben served as the Director of Creative Media and Director of Camps for the Southern California Seahorses Los Angeles office. Ben has always felt a strong desire to be involved in sports ministry. At age 14 he worked his first soccer camp with the Seahorses, leading a group of 5-6 year olds.
In 2000 while playing professional baseball, Ben founded the Called Up Baseball Camp allowing him to share his baseball skills and reach the surrounding baseball community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. In January of 2011 Ben joined the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to pioneer and direct a new division of FCA Baseball in Southern California, the first division for FCA Baseball on the West Coast.
Ben played baseball at Biola University and then signed a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs in 2001. After playing for the Boise Hawks (Short Season A) and the Daytona Cubs (High A) Ben was released from the organization. Ben pursued baseball for two more seasons playing for the Canton Coyotes (OH.), the Solono Stealheads (CA.), and the Gary Railcats (IN.) Ben retired from baseball in 2003.
Ben married his beautiful wife Lindsay on October 13, 2002 in Eugene Oregon. Lindsay is a Violin teacher. They have settled in La Mirada, CA and have three sons Caleb, Jackson and Owen. They attend Grace EV Free Church in La Mirada.
Phone: (562) 686-8262
DIRECTOR OF OC and URBAN OUTREACH
A lifelong resident of Santa Ana, Jeff’s love for Jesus sprouted at a young age in his Christian home and continued to grow while he attended Calvary Christian School. He went on to play baseball for the Tustin High School Tillers, graduating in 1995. Following his high school career he played and managed his amateur baseball team within multiple local Southern California leagues.
In 2005 Jeff and his family founded Trinity Bat Co. in Fullerton CA which manufactures wood baseball bats for MLB players and the amateur market. In 2014 he took a full time position at Angels RBI League as their Resource Development Coordinator. He currently is on staff with FCA as an area rep focusing on the game of baseball in urban communities, camps and internship i12.
Jeff and his wife Kim live in Santa Ana with their two girls, Jenna Grace and Amanda Joy. They enjoy spending time with family, playing wiffle ball, and riding bikes to Habit Burger. They are actively involved at Calvary Church in Santa Ana.
Phone: (714) 263-5949
ADMINISTRATION AND INTERN DEVELOPMENT
Erin is a graduate of Liberty University with a BS in Physical Education and Health. She used her love for athletics, kids and Jesus in the teaching world for many years before coming on staff with FCA in the Fall of 2016.
She, her husband Jay and four children Eli (14), Hannah (12), Reagan (10), and Macy Grace (7) moved to La Mirada in 2013 joining the Biola community as Jay took the position of head baseball coach. They attend Southlands Church in Brea where they serve and deacons and Life Group leaders. They have been involved with FCA through multiple camps and clinics in VA, and NC throughout their marriage of 16 years and are now excited to be working here in CA with such a phenomenal baseball ministry.
Erin is the Office Administrator and on the intern development team for the ministry. She also works the Winter and Summer camps helping with registration, finances and merchandise. It is her passion to see the Gospel of Jesus impact lives through sportministry, as well as see believers grow in their faith and relationship with their savior. So Cal FCA Baseball is just that place for she and her family to invest in the lives of others and to make an impact for the Kingdom of God.
Phone: (540) 421-4088
DIRECTOR OF COLLEGIATE MINISTRY
Hunter is originally from Denver, Colorado where he grew up as a baseball player. His main goal in life was to play college baseball and beyond. Baseball was everything to Hunter until he encountered Jesus as a freshman in college at William Jewell in Kansas City, Missouri. For the next two years, God transformed Hunter’s identity and purpose for playing baseball, planting seeds for future baseball ministry.
After his Sophomore year Hunter played for the Niagara Power, an FCA team in Niagara Falls, NY started by Cal Kern. It was during his time with the Power where the Lord gave Hunter the gifts and desire to do full time ministry. Hunter ended up graduating early with a degree in business management and getting married to his wife, Gabby, in the spring of 2015. During this time the Lord led Hunter away from baseball while he pursued an internship working with his church and working for a start-up company with a friend. After an intense year of ministry and leadership development, Hunter felt a call from God to go back to baseball and bring the Gospel to baseball players.
In the summer of 2016, Hunter and Gabby moved from Kansas City to Rochester, NY where Hunter coached and was an assistant chaplain for an Athletes in Action collegiate team, the Rochester Ridgemen. After the summer, Hunter came out of baseball retirement and moved to Southern California. In the fall of 2016, Hunter began a master’s degree in leadership from Azusa Pacific University and became a member of their baseball team. Hunter was a member of the 2017 PacWest championship team at APU.
In addition to grad school and playing his final year, Hunter served the Catch as the Assistant General Manager and as an assistant coach for the 2017 summer. At the end of the summer, Hunter accepted the position of General Manager with SoCal FCA baseball. Hunter is passionate about baseball players encountering the real Jesus and helping guys learn how God changes everything about how they play on the field and live off of it.