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Carter and Rachel Robbins

Carter & Rachel Robbins

Position: High Point Executive Director

About me

I grew up in High Point, NC and attended Wesleyan Christian Academy, earning awards such as All-Conference, All-Region, and All-State. During Middle and High School, I participated in and coached Imago Dei sessions. I continued to play at a high level at powerhouse Messiah College and was blessed to earn several awards: 3 time All-Conference, 2 time Conference Defensive Player of the Year, 3 time All-Region, 2 time National Champion, 2 time NCAA All-American, and 3 time D3 Soccer All-American. During my collegiate summers I spent time playing and working for the King’s Warriors Soccer Club of the PDL (semi-professional). I have also spent a few summers running the Wesleyan Soccer Camp and helping with pre-season. I was invited to preseason with a few professional teams, but my passion for sports ministry and coaching drew me away from those opportunities and to Imago Dei. I also serves on the Wesleyan Varsity Boys Coaching Staff.

How & why I became a MAI Missionary             

I grew up around the Charlotte Eagles through youth tours and being involved in the Urban Eagles. Through these opportunities, I fell in love with sports ministry. My passion for ministry led me to study Cross Cultural Ministry in college and to currently pursue full time ministry. I have always loved what the Charlotte Eagles do, but I felt called to the High Point area. I’m honored to be apart of God’s work through MAI and Imago Dei Soccer Academy in High Point, NC.

Carter & Rachel Robbins

High Point Executive Director

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Courtney Hara

Position: Japan - Short term mission trip

About me

I grew up in Southern California. I began playing soccer at the age of five and continued to play until my sophomore year of high school. Unfortunately I had to stop due to a handful of concussions, but I have continued to love the sport of soccer. I grew up playing left defense and center midfield.

How & why I became a MAI Missionary

During my senior year of college, I was given an amazing opportunity to travel to Japan for the first time. It wasn’t until this trip that I began to acknowledge, accept, and embrace my Japanese heritage. It was during this trip that I was able to personally experience the importance and beauty of being a steward of one’s culture. After that trip, I knew very clearly that Japan was a place that God had placed a part of my heart in. I then began asking God for an opportunity that allowed me to glorify God as the person that He made me to be. And soon enough, God made a way and connected me to Seahorse Soccer where I am excited to be using my experience playing soccer and sharing my faith!

Courtney Hara

Japan - Short term mission trip

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Sherwood Harry and Lauren

Harry & Lauren Sherwood

Position: High Point Director of Operations

About me

Born in Bristol, England.
Came to America in 2008 on a soccer scholarship at Bryan College, Dayton, TN.
Moved to High Point, NC after graduation in 2012 to coach at Wesleyan Christian Academy.
Married Lauren Bowling (Charlotte, NC) in the summer of 2014.
Lauren now teaches at Wesleyan Christian Academy.
2 younger sisters, Mum & Dad live back in England.

How & why I became a MAI Missionary

I love soccer.
I love the concept of using sport to learn about life.
I love that sport can mean everything, but is not everything.
I love how sports can bring people together that would never have met otherwise.
I have come to love how transformational coaching can be, and I would love to share my love of a game and impact lives through a simple sport.

Harry & Lauren Sherwood

High Point Director of Operations

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Masa and Chie Yokota

Masa & Chie Yokota

Position: International

About me
Chie and I have two children Joe and Jen. I accepted Jesus when I was 18 years old at Word of Life Bible camp in Schroonlake NY. This is where I met Chie for the first time.

God opened the doors for me to study abroad. First he went to Word of life Philippines for 6 months to learn Bible and English, then I went to Word of life NY for 2 years and Israel college of the Bible for a year. I then attended Grace college for 2 years and Seminary for a year and half to finish my degrees in Intercultural ministries.

Chie accepted Jesus when she was 13 yrs old through a missionary from Indiana. She went to Lancaster Christian high school and went to Word of life Bible institution. She went back to Japan and worked at mission organization for a year and went to Israel college of the Bible for a year.

Masa & Chie Yokota

International

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Steven & Suzannah Mattocks

Position: International

About me

  • Born 9/21/1970
  • One of 6 sons of Larry and Linda Mattocks
  • Graduated from Calvary Baptist Christian Academy (Meadville,PA)
  • Attended Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA for one year
  • Graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA
  • Played collegiate soccer at Geneva
  • Gave my life to Jesus Christ at age 11.
  • Married Suzannah on Dec. 27, 1997
  • We have three children (Steven Jr., Caleb, Hannah)

How & why I became a MAI Missionary

On the way back from my first mission trip (an MAI trip to Russia in 1993), the tour leader (Rick McKinley) said MAI was starting an office in the Czech Republic. When he mentioned the office needed workers, I sensed the Lord God moving in my heart to join MAI and work in the Czech Republic. Following the trip, I spend several months praying and seeking counsel from older believers. I applied to join staff. The mission accepted me in 1994, and in 1995 I went to the Czech Republic. I served with the original MAI team to Czech from May 1995 to September 1997. That Fall I came home for a furlough. During the furlough I married Suzie. Together we raised support for 3 years, and we returned to Czech in 2000. We moved to Pisek, a city in the southwest region of Czech. While in Pisek, we worked together with the Elim Evangelical Church. In 2008 we came back to the US for another furlough and for some more education. I finished my school work in the Fall of 2010, and then we spent time searching for the Lord’s direction. After a period of time, we sensed the Lord leading us to stay with MAI and stay in Northwest Pennsylvania. Since that time, we have been helping local churches with soccer ministry efforts.

Steven & Suzannah Mattocks

International

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Tom & Jodi Gerlach

Position: International Youth Tours
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About me

I grew up in Delaware, and played soccer at NCAA Division II Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. I later played semi-professional soccer with the Knoxville Impact, and went on tour as a player with the Charlotte Eagles in 1995. After graduating from college I assisted the women’s program at Tusculum College in 1993-1994. I have coached high school soccer for over 25 years and hold the TN state record for consecutive state championships. I has 3 years coaching experience in the WPSL and hold a United Soccer Coaches “National Coaching License”.

I am currently the director of soccer at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, TN.  I coache both the high school girls and boys teams, as well as overseeing soccer down through the academy.

Tom has been on staff with MAI and have led 8 youth tours to Brazil in the summer. “My passion is seeing American teenagers using their skills on the soccer field to glorify their Savior and Lord. By being vessels for the Lord, not only do the lives of the Brazilians change, but the lives of the American teens do, as well.”

My wife Jodi and I have two children (Bennett and Addison) and reside in Nashville, TN, where I teaches Earth Science.

How & why I became a MAI Missionary              

My life was drastically changed when I went on tour as a player, and I saw that some of my own players could have the same experience if I was able to provide that opportunity for them. Through connections with the Week of Champions and my college soccer coach Stephen Jones, I was able to contact David Sanford and pursue my passion for sports ministry.

Tom & Jodi Gerlach

International Youth Tours

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Tom and Olena Merchant

Tom & Olena Merchant

Position: International

About me

Grew up in Maryland
Grace Brethren Christian School – Clinton, MD – graduated 1990
Liberty University – Cross-cultural Studies – graduated 1994
MAI tours and camps in USA and Europe since 1989
Full-time MAI staff since 1997
1997-1999 Chicago
1999-2003 Moscow, Russia
2003-2007 Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
2007- Rivne, Ukraine
Married Olena Forsyuk (Merchant) 2001
2 daughters – Michelle and Melody
Partnering with and assisting the Christian Football Club “Nadiya” (Hope) and supporting soccer ministry in Ukraine

How & why I became a MAI Missionary

I joined tours to Denmark, Norway and then Russia and all over Europe. I also worked some camps in the States before focusing on Russia and Ukraine. God showed me that I can and should use the skills and talents that He has given me to serve Him and society. My life has been saturated with soccer and God has inserted me into the Slavic map. Pray for these people. Life here is not all about fun and games. It’s tough. People have eyes but do not see; ears but do not hear. And many seem to prefer being blind and deaf. But there still are some honest seekers and youth that need God’s love, grace, mercy and forgiveness of sins.

Tom & Olena Merchant

International

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