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.
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 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.
Phone: (303) 483-8328
Isaac has spent his whole life either on or in close proximity to a baseball diamond. However those fields have rarely been close to home. Growing up and playing his prep career near Boulder, Colorado, his summer teams traveled across the USA and sought to play the best competition.
Upon finishing high school with All-State honors, Isaac pursued the opportunity to play college baseball at Seminole State College in Oklahoma where he was honored as an Academic All-American at Seminole. He transferred to the University of Hawaii in Honolulu his Jr. year where he became involved with FCA and grew in his faith as a student athlete. It was during that time, that his girlfriend Heather had a near death experience falling 50 feet off of a cliff while hiking. This was a turning point in his prayer life and relationship with The Lord. It showed him that he could not rely on his strength alone, but that he could seek God for the strength He offers through Jesus Christ. Heather and Isaac are now married and reside in the South Bay.
Now that Isaac has opened this new chapter of his life as a mentor and coach to the next generation, he is excited to have the chance to bring his experiences as a baseball player and as a man of God to connect with the next generation of warriors for Christ.
Phone: (720) 878-4459
Erin Smith is a long time FCA supporter and parent, who was born and raised in La Mirada, California. It was at La Mirada High School where she met her husband of 28 years in 8th grade. Watching him play varsity baseball was where she first fell in love with the game. It was also in La Mirada where they raised their three children; Savannah (25); Sullivan (23); and Sawyer (19).
She has 20 plus years’ experience in event coordinating through her family business, an administrative background working for Orange County Sheriff Department, and has served in many capacities at her church in both areas. After years of volunteering for FCA in whatever capacity needed from camp volunteer, team support, or being host family; she will now be on a staff as our Administrative Director.
Phone: (562) 619-4616
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 Washington in 2019. They have been involved with FCA through multiple camps and clinics in VA, and NC throughout their marriage of 16 years.
Erin is the Remote Administrator for FCA Baseball. It is her passion to see the Gospel of Jesus impact lives through sports ministry, as well as see believers grow in their faith and relationship with their savior. She is excited to invest in the lives of others and to make an impact for the Kingdom of God.
Phone: (540) 421-4088