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Jennifer Kobylarz lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and is married to her husband Paul with whom she jointly serves on the Board of Trustees for CSRM. Paul and Jennifer have two sons, Cameron and Connor. Jennifer currently serves as the Executive Director of CHAMP Camp, a week long summer camp for children with special needs. Prior to CHAMP Camp, she served as the Special Events Coordinator for Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Central Indiana, and before that, served as the Director of Marshall Faulk’s Foundation for a period of 10 years. Kobylarz was a 3 sport athlete in high school, is still the school record holder in the 400, and was inducted into her high school academic and athletic hall of fame. She continued her academic and athletic career at the U. of Indiana where she received an academic scholarship and was part of the track team where she competed in the 400. Jennifer has a heart for sports ministry and the impact it can have on athletes in the sports world. Having worked with professional athletes in the past, Kobylarz recognizes the platform that athletes have, and the positive influence for Christ they can have on others. She holds a Bachelor Degree from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University where she graduated with a 4.0.
Chris Phillips serves as the Equipment Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. He and his team have a heartbeat for connecting people to the local church to aid in their spiritual growth through discipleship. Before coming to Bellevue, Chris worked as a Medical Device Sales Representative for St. Jude Medical, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Liberty University. Chris is currently working on his D.Ed.Min through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris is married to Libby, and they have three sons, Tripp, Paxton, and Rhett, and recently welcomed a baby girl, Henley Grace.
CSRM is honored to have Professor, and former Sport and Recreation Pastor David Waddell, as one of our "Professional" Board of Trustee members. Waddell is a veteran of Sports & Rec Ministry as he served at Germantown Baptist Church for many years before becoming a Professor of Recreation & Leisure Pursuits at "Ole Miss." Known for his uncanny, and sometimes even funny, humorous outlook on life, Waddell brings smiles and joy to all who encounter him. CSRM's Executive Director, Dr. Greg Linville, says..
"CSRM is indeed honored to have Dave as one of our Trustees. To have someone of Dave's gitfs, abilities, experience and position, is indeed a blessing. He brings two very important sides of the Local Church Sports Outreach Movement to bear on all that we engage in...Being a long time Local Church Recreator he "gets" what CSRM needs to provide and be about...In his role as Professor he has been placed in a very important position to help us enhance our Certification and also help us with the foundational research and reflection our Movement needs. To top it all off he's also an author! Yet what I treasure most about Dave is his utter and sincere commitment to Evangelistic-Disciplemaking through Church Sports and Fitness and his humble acknowlegment of his need of the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. CSRM is indeed privileged to have him as a board member and my life has been greatly enhanced by his love and friendship"
Waddell not only serves on the CSRM Board but is also heavily involved in the REACHgathering (REACHgathering.org), a member of CSRM's Overwhelming Victory Press Editorial Team (http://www.csrm.org/overwhelming-victory-press.html) and works with CSRM's Director of Certification (http://www.csrm.org/certification.html) - Dr. Larry Clay.
Please welcome Dave to the CSRM Board of Trustees and be sure to thank him for his sacrificial efforts on behalf of our Movement.
The Vision & Mission of CSRM is entrusted to the oversight and care of its 12 "Trustees." Over the course of CSRM's 24 years there have been over 50 men and women who have shouldered the distinct responsibility to hold the Staff of CSRM accountable to uphold the Vision/Mission of the association of Church Sports & Recreation Ministers (CSRM). Six of the 12 Trustees are "Practitioners" meaning they serve as Local Church Sport, Rec or Fitness Ministers and the remaining six are "Professinoals" meaning their vocations are fields such as Law; Finance; Accounting; Pastoral; Academic Professors or other professions.
CSRM is pleased to announce Ryan Van Hoven has been added as an Associate Staff member. Van Hoven is a Sports Outreach veteran having served many years as the International Ministry Director of Uncharted Waters (UW). Ryan graduated from Liberty University with a Master Degree and took Sports Ministry courses from Dr. Greg Linville. Born and raised in a Christian home, Ryan came to faith in Jesus as a young child but experienced doubts about his faith and went through a spiritual depression at the age of 13. His faith journey came full circle as God brought him to a full understanding of what a real, personal relationship with Him looked like and shortly after, he felt called to full time ministry. God expanded his horizons through his undergraduate degree, where one of his majors was Cross Cultural Studies. God immediately allowed him to use this major through the International avenues of UW where he served for 5 years. More recently Ryan has worked as the Sales Manager at a wholesale greenhouse, which provides him with the financial resources he needs and yet enables him to have incredible flexibility to work on ministry oriented things. Van Hoven has a passion for assisting African leaders to reach their countries for Jesus and in his position as CSRM's East Africa Leadership Development Director, he is finding real fulfillment in his passion and calling. Ryan is also currently writing a book and raising money for the East African Leadership initiatives. Anyone wishing to support CSRM's efforts through Ryan can contact him at the following: Instagram: rvanhoven12; Facebook: ryan.v.hoven
CSRM is privileged to announce Tom Lincoln has joined the Board of Trustees (BOT). Tom has an extensive background in Church and Camping Ministry. Lincoln worked for many years for the Boy Scouts of America and for the YMCA as an Assistant Camp Director. He also founded and operated "Tentmaker Ministries a Para-Ministry. More recently Tom served on the staff of Jackson Friends Church where he designed, raised funds for and then managed The Java House Café & Bistro...a Christ-centered music and food outreach that partnered with the church's Sports Men's, Women's and Youth Outreaches. Lincoln also served 9 years as the church's Director of Operations and 8 years as the Camp Director for Camp Gideon of the Eastern Region of Evangelical Friends Yearly Meeting (denomination). Always being a gifted entrepreneur, Tom continues to own and operate a number of small businesses. Tom is the father of three adult children and resides in Canton, Ohio with his daughter.
Report on CSRM Cape Town, South Africa Sport Outreach Summit
Goal: Rebuild trust with churches and specially the youth/ future leaders around CSRM.
Concern: Many Sport Ministries in SA are not currently focused on keeping the local church as the foundation within sport ministry!
Objective: Introduce CSRM’s focus on “evangelistic-disciplemaking”
Strategy: CSRM Cape Town 2016 Sports Outreach Summit was specifically modeled to equip key leaders in and around Cape Town who will form the Hub church in their areas of influence. The 20 key ‘runners’ was challenged to also live out 2 Timothy 2:2 just as outlined for them.
Presenter: Bradley Barnes who lectured on foundation of CSRM, vision of CSRM, sports ministry, church and sports ministry, evangelism, discipleship, sports parables, building CSRM within church. An evangelist Darius Bekker from port Elizabeth who shared about practical ways to evangelize and share the gospel.
Highlight: Hearing from 13yr old Luke boldly who shared his own sports parable that he and his friends had learned from Bradley Barnes 3 years ago’
Certification: Each attendee received a certificate of completion for been dedicated throughout the theory & practical sessions of the Summit. Many travelled from afar & it was a mere appreciation towards them and our future CSRM family.
Another positive outcome of CSRM conference was the 98% attendees evaluation form feedback about conference & myself.
Results: The greatest impact the CSRM Sport Outreach Summit has was evidenced through the attendees expressed desire to grow more in Christ through special interest in the Christmanship book of theology, methodology & biblical understanding of all aspects of CSRM.
Including requesting Bradley Barnes to lecture on the entire book of christmanship!
Future Plans: A CSRM South Africa coastline Sports Outreach Summit to train in all 4 states/ provinces situated on our coastline in 2017.
Special Thanks: Special thanks to New Faith Steenberg campus which hosted the event including all catering, utilities and church facilities at no cost.
Many thanks to CSRM for resources, support from CSRM’s Director of International Initiatives – Jonathan Detweiler - and all the prayers from all CSRM staff & global GNP staff.
Above all: Paises to GOD!
Rev. Rob Burns
REACHgathering is pleased and honored to announce the third of four Plenary Speakers - Rob Burns - one of The Sports Outreach Movement's leading lights...
Rob Burns started his work life as a youth Soccer player with Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club in England. He then completed a B.A. in Sports Studies at Staffordshire University. After this he lectured for two years at Stafford Further Education College and played high level semi pro Soccer.
He moved to the USA in his mid twenties and played briefly for Houston Dynamos before founding and directing Youth Sports International (1989 – 1996), a Houston Soccer ministry that taught several hundred children and teenagers per week. Over a thousand became followers of Jesus.
On moving to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in 1996 to undertake a Masters of Divinity at South Western Seminary, he worked at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, setting up Highlander FC (1996 – 2000) another Soccer ministry which also taught several hundred children and teenagers per week. Several hundred became followers of Jesus. Jim Riley was Highland Park's Sports Minister at the time and described Burns as one of the most Spirit led evangelists that he had known.
During this time, Rob was actively involved with Wedgwood Baptist Church becoming an ordained Baptist Minister in 1999.
In 2000, Rob, his wife Jenny (a former British national team Sailor) and their 3 boys came to Wales as missionaries where they have worked for the last 17 years. For 10 years he was an International Mission Board missionary, focused on evangelism and developing disciples and leaders in Wales. During this time, Rob wrote a fully accredited, graduate Certificate in Christian Studies and Sports Ministry (St John’s Theological College, Nottingham) This was the first in the UK. He also partnered with ForMission College (York St John University) to develop and lead an M.A in Missional Leadership. Rob was the Wales Campus Leader and a regular tutor on this program.
For 8 years, Rob was on the leadership team, with responsibility for mission, at Glenwood Church in Cardiff and was Executive Director of VOCATE, a vocational development centre which initiated a range of apprentice and internship programs for 18 – 25’s, a consultancy program for 50 plus’s and a mentoring and volunteer programme for all ages. VOCATE was also a licensed Agored (Open College Network) Accreditation Centre.
During this time, Rob started and jointly developed a mission focused, 12 week leadership academy for 18-25’s (in collaboration with Message Wales) and a 1 year intern training Programme for 18-25’s.
Over the last 17 years, well over 250 people have been trained deeply through these reflective practice programmes. There have been interns and students from 3 continents but there has been a special involvement from the USA every year.
In addition, over the last 6 years, Rob has been working very closely with the Evangelical Alliance, Wales where he is team member, to develop long term, county wide relationships between Welsh and USA churches. Usually involving 1 Large USA church and multiple Welsh churches in a county, Missional Links Wales (www.missionallinkswales.org.uk) looks to place 1 week mission experiences, interns, missionaries, consultants and proven experts from the USA into Welsh counties, in order to catalyse partnership and missional impact.
As a perpetual learner, Rob has continued to study, gaining a post graduate certificate in Coaching for Leadership and an additional M.A. in Missional Leadership (finishing July 2017)
In other contexts in Wales and the USA, Rob consults with ministry leaders and local churches, acting as an encourager, trainer, leadership coach, strategist and missional consultant.
REACHGathering proved itself a great experience. REACH was a great experience on many levels that I would like to reflect on and share with you. Trusting you too have spent some time hearing and responding to what God may be asking of you in sports ministry.
REACH was a great experience as a result of the good folks at Bellevue Baptist. The hospitality, the care, and the genuine desire to host an event that glorified Christ. Thanks to Chris, Jessica, Tanner, and Derek and the many others who played a significant role. With details removed, we were provided a place to rest, work, and play.
REACH was a great experience because the people of God were gathered. Over thirteen countries present to share in the worship of God and hear of His mighty works around the globe. It’s refreshing to see the bigger picture and walk with those serving in a variety of locations.
REACH was a great experience because it solidified the conversations of a movement. Over the years we have talked about a sports ministry movement and what are all the elements involved. This season of the conference, I experienced conversations around the tables and in the classrooms that celebrated the history of recreation and sports, but also challenged the present activites of church recreation and sports. Any movement always begins with good questions.I experienced conversations with people that are asking the same questions without prior conversations. There seems to be a renewal of our purpose and discovering that purpose. Thanks to all the teachers and presenters for be vulnerable and open. Thanks to the practitioners for sharing their stories that cause each of us to continue to fight the good fight.
REACH was a great experience because it participates in the joy of gathering different denominations and organizations together for one purpose. Thank you to the REACH leadership for their hard work and vision.
It’s my desire we will gather in the in between to continue dialogue and gather again next April at LakePointe in Rockwall Texas to once again listen and hear the movements of God.
Cool Spring Recreation Ministry