Class of 2021 Includes FCA Partners, Servants and Sports Standouts Gary Williamson, Bob Williams, Chang-won Kim, and Diana Myers
October 18, 2021
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) is inducting four partners and supporters of the world’s largest international sports ministry into its Hall of Champions (HOC).
Gary Williamson, Bob Williams, Chang-won Kim, and Diana Myers have worked tirelessly to further the FCA vision: to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. FCA Hall of Champions honorees over the years have consisted of a mix of coaches, athletes and volunteers, including sports greats such as Tony Dungy, Tom Landry, Tom Osborne and Roger Staubach, just to name a few.
“These selfless and giving individuals have not only made contributions to the sports they love, but also to the communities and teams to which they are committed,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “We are immensely grateful for their service to Jesus Christ through FCA, as we honor Diana Myers, Gary Williamson, Chang-won Kim, and Bob Williams by welcoming them to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Hall of Champions Class of 2021.”
Gary has served on and led multiple FCA boards and ministry teams across the Midlands, South Carolina and Florida. He has been a servant leader as a Board Chair for multiple years. In order to gain an FCA vision that could be shared with other board members, potential board members and community leaders, Gary attended camps, huddles and countless events.
Gary has served the ministry selflessly, opening doors in the Carolinas and Florida while serving on search teams for Multi-Area directors positions. When he moved out of the Carolinas after serving for over 25 years, he immediately got plugged in his local area in Florida. He saw a need and became the board chair in Pinellas County (Tampa Bay Area).
The Lord used Gary’s gifts of encouragement, positive attitude and humility to keep the team focused on their calling, vision and mission of FCA. His servant heart during critical times showed an unwavering heart and encouragement to staff and board chairs around him.
Gary’s passion for FCA, as well as the financial, spiritual and physical support he has provided, have been a blessing to the ministry, and an encouragement and a model to the new board members and donors that have joined the team as a result of his efforts.
The first African American to play for the Minneapolis Lakers, Bob was the co-founder of FCA in Minnesota. A true pioneer, Bob moved into a predominately white neighborhood and remained active in his community despite being the minority. Along with FCA, Bob was a deacon in his local church and involved with the Boys and Girls Club. Bob has also been inducted into FCA Minnesota’s Hall of Faith.
Bob passed away at home in Rosemount, Minnesota on January 19, 2021 and is survived by his wife Marietta.
Since FCA Korea was established over ten years ago, Chang-won has been spreading his positive influence and love of the Gospel. A specialist in rehabilitation medicine, Chang-won has provided support by sending medical staff to FCA events, as well as participated in FCA sports camps and 3D coach seminars and various events for 10 years.
Since 2017, he has served two consecutive terms as the Chairman of FCA Korea and was awarded TLA Captain of FCA Korea in 2019 and 2020. As the Chairman and as a volunteer, he has made the most donations to FCA Korea to date, giving more than $30,000 a year.
Chang-won shows a consistent dedication to Jesus Christ and the Word of God, displaying FCA’s core values of excellence, integrity, teamwork and service. He does his best to glorify God in all things, whether it’s at home with his family, through work or serving His local church.
Nearly all FCA staff know Diana Myers. As the founder of Gifts of Grace ministry, she helps the team hire staff and assesses their spiritual gifts. Her passion for helping people understand the gifts God’s given them and how to best use them has led her to serve some of the most prominent pastors and leaders of large churches and ministries. Diana previously served as an FCA Trustee, and she has been on numerous boards within FCA’s Western Region for more than 20 years.
Diana has done so many spiritual gifts tests for FCA and is always willing to come to retreats, participate on phone calls, and conduct new staff interviews to assess a staff or board member’s gifts.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions was established in 1991. With the new 2021 class, there are now 119 godly coaches and athletes plus board members and volunteers who have received this special tribute. They make up a group of FCA servant-leaders who have faithfully served Christ through the avenue of FCA. Their commitment to the Lord’s work has impacted many millions over the years. They are a body of teammates in Christ who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to the support of FCA, nominated by staff and board members and elected by a selection committee.
Click here to read more about the Class of 2021 and to view a list of previous Hall of Champions inductees.
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