Fellowship of Christian Athletes Names New Vice President of Field Ministry for Mid-Atlantic Region
Chris Rich Served FCA as State Director of Pennsylvania; Will Now Serve Coaches and Athletes in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) has named a new Vice President of Field Ministry for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Chris Rich has served FCA for over seven years in various roles as an Area Representative and Area Director in Frederick County, Maryland, and most recently as the State Director of Pennsylvania.
“Through his experience and gifts, Chris has demonstrated that he knows how to strategically enlarge FCA’s ministry footprint,” said Rick Isaiah, FCA’s Executive Director of U.S. Field Ministry—North Division. “I am honored to serve with Chris in his new role and look forward to seeing the fruit of God’s work in him and through him. I am also excited for the teammates in the Mid-Atlantic Region as God continues to use each and every one of them to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.”
Rich grew up the son of a pastor in Mount Airy, Maryland, and says he can never remember a day when the church was open that he wasn’t there. He is excited to serve alongside the team in the Mid-Atlantic Region to help lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.
“As I look back over my entire life, I am thrilled to now get the opportunity to lead a region of incredibly gifted staff with the highest calling in the most influential region of our country,” Rich said. “Serving FCA thus far has allowed me to grow and learn from some of the best leaders this ministry has to offer and experience the ins and outs and ups and downs of field ministry. I am excited to serve our staff and watch them impact a generation of leaders that are going to influence the world.”
Rich and his wife, Johanna, live in East Petersburg, Pennsylvania, with their two young sons. Rich recounted that throughout his life as an athlete, he saw a void of men who were living out what it meant to be a follower of Christ in the sports community. When he graduated from Grove City College as a three-year letter winner in football, he was immediately drawn to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. With a competitive nature and a love for the Lord, Rich was passionate about bringing the name of Jesus to the world of sports, and FCA was the avenue that married his passions in a perfect way.
Rich fills the position previously held by Jimmy Page, who served the Mid-Atlantic Region as VP for more than seven years and recently began a new post as FCA’s Executive Director of U.S. Field Ministry—West Division.
“I have had the enormous pleasure of being able to watch Chris grow ministry in a local area in Maryland and then work closely with him as he served as the PA State Director,” said Page, who was Rich’s former supervisor. “His passion for coaches and athletes, his energy and persistence to do the hard work, his commitment to personal growth, and his willingness to take risks to build the Kingdom of Christ are part of his DNA. I am excited to ‘pass the baton’ of leadership for the Mid-Atlantic Region over to him. I am anticipating great things!”
FCA’s Mid-Atlantic Region covers Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C.