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Masa and Chie Yokota

Masa & Chie Yokota

Position: International Japan

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 Japan

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Nathan Clapp

Position: Coach

About me

I am married to my beautiful wife Hayley and God blessed us with 3 wonderful children. I am all about God and family. I am a PE teacher, Men’s head soccer coach, and Women’s head soccer coach at Page High School in Franklin, TN. I grew up in south Nashville in Antioch, TN and because of the diversity and their love for soccer in Antioch I found myself falling in love with soccer as well. My heart has always wanted to give back to the inner city areas of Nashville because of that love for soccer that it gave me. I love God and love others. Oh and I cheer on Liverpool FC! YNWA

How & why I became a MAI Missionary

I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home with great parents. The area I grew up in Nashville had many different families of different Nationalities. Growing up and loving my friends around me I always was excited to learn about their culture. Falling in love with soccer and it being the worlds top sport God put a heart and desire in me to link my faith and soccer together. God has had it on my heart for years and has finally brought the opportunity and timing for me to get involved with the Nashville Urban Eagles. I was blessed to be involved in 3 Brazil Tours with the Eagles and MAI. In prep for those tours we did our pre camp with the Charlotte Urban Eagles and I felt like God was showing me what we could bring to Nashville inner city soccer. When God opened the door to work with the MAI and the Eagles Brazil Tour, after that first night in Brazil a passion for missionary work rose up in me that I really can’t explain. The only way to put it in perspective is, I overwhelmingly knew I was right where God purposed me to be. God has continued to open opportunities for me to do mission work to Brazil and now he has opened the gates for me to go back to Nashville and serve in that community. I have always had something stirring in my heart for Nashville because it was the diverse soccer in Nashville that made me fall in love with soccer and God has brought me into my career through that experience.

Nathan Clapp

Coach

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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: Executive Director Eagles Academy Nashville
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About me

Tom’s resume includes a combined total of 31 seasons from a multitude of organizations, both boys and girls. At the high levels, he has head coached in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and assistant coached at Tusculum University (NCAA Division II). Tom has also head coached high school boys at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) and Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA), girls high school soccer at CPA, and both boys and girls Division I club soccer. Tom has been named “Coach of the Year” 15 times, he’s had 14 state final appearances, 9 state championships, and he holds the record for the most consecutive high school state championships (5). When it comes to community and committee involvement, Tom has an extensive list. He is the Director of Eagles Academy Nashville and International Youth Tours with the Charlotte Eagles (both part of Missionary Athletes International). He sits on boards including the United Soccer Coaches Association Faith Based Coaching Board, the Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association Executive board, the United Soccer Coaches Association Award of Excellence committee, and chairs the Pinnacle Award for the United Soccer Coaches Association. He also chairs the Division II-A All State rankings as well as the All State team. He will also be a presenter at the United Soccer Coaching National Convention in 2019 and 2020. Tom resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, Jodi, and two children.

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

Executive Director Eagles Academy Nashville

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Tom and Olena Merchant

Tom & Olena Merchant

Position: International Ukraine

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 as a founding member of the Christian Football Union of Ukraine (CFUU / ХФСУ)

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 Ukraine

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