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Bill & Lisa Galipault

Bill & Lisa Galipault

Position: Director of Camps and Czech Republic Ministry

Bill & Lisa Galipault

Director of Camps and Czech Republic Ministry

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Daniel Christenson

Daniel Christenson

Position: Director of Youth Development

Biography

Daniel grew up in Seattle, WA. He played collegiate soccer at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA where he is currently coaching before he relocates to Los Angeles this November. As well as college coaching, Daniel has experience coaching youth from ages 2-18 and hopes to use his platform as a coach to share his faith with others. Daniel played two years with the SoCal Seahorses PDL team in 2017 & 2018.

How & why did you become a MAI Missionary?

I was first introduced to MAI through the SoCal Seahorses PDL team. I had the opportunity to coach camps and clinics with the Seahorses. During college I had experience coaching youth players of all ages, but never had the opportunity to share my faith with the kids I was coaching. Through this experience with the Seahorses I saw the opportunity to use soccer to communicate the gospel. After two seasons as a player I felt the Lord calling me to sports ministry in SoCal, specifically to work with youth soccer players.

Daniel Christenson

Director of Youth Development

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Kelly and Stephanie Warner

Kelly & Stephanie Warner

Position: So Cal Executive Director

Biography

 

How & why did you become a MAI Missionary?

God’s call of my service with MAI became unavoidable to deny any longer. Paul Gizzi was successful in his recruitment of me. God has designed my life with specific passions coupled with strengths and weaknesses. His latest calling on my life to leave church sports ministry to join MAI proves to be perfect timing daily, my excitement also increases as it becomes more real each week. I had originally met with Matt Morse over 15 years ago and was looking to join MAI back then when the position at my church opened up suddenly and appeared to be the obvious path; which I took. I feel that God has a master plan and I’m doing my part of answering the call!

Kelly & Stephanie Warner

So Cal Executive Director

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Mark & Debbie Schrock

Mark & Debby Schrock

Position: GM League Two team and Director of Cuba Ministry

Biography

Mark and Debby Schrock have been involved with the ministry of MAI for over 30 years, first as a board member before joining the staff in 1993.  Mark continues to serve as the mission’s Director of Missions Support Services and is the General Manager for the Seahorse PDL team in L.A.  Along with a strong administrative background, Mark also brings a multi-cultural understanding and personal soccer achievements, having grown up in Argentina and enjoyed a successful college career.  Mark and Debby live locally in La Mirada and have 4 grown children, 3 of whom are married, and 2 grandchildren.

How & why did you become a MAI Missionary?

Debby and I have had the privilege of serving the Lord through the ministry of MAI since it’s inception in 1983, first through Mark’s service on the original Board of Directors and later, joining the staff in 1993.  We have been blessed to see God’s hand on this ministry through the years – His provision of Godly leadership through amazing board members, His provision of dedicated and committed MAI missionaries and His provision of and protection over hundreds if not thousands of players who have traveled within the U.S. and throughout the world to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.  We are truly grateful that the Lord has been gracious to us in allowing us to witness and participate in this awesome ministry.
It would be very difficult to pick one ministry highlight, but one highlight has been the privilege of going to Cuba to train Christian coaches who are dedicated to seeing Cuba transformed by the Gospel through the platform of sports. Returning from my 7th trip, I was blessed to see the dedication of the coaches who continue to grow and improve in their efforts to reach their players and community for the Lord.

Most recently, we have started our urban ministry here in L.A., welcoming two new staff families, the Ayers and the Fehers. The work has just begun but we look forward to a season of harvest and would appreciate your prayers on behalf of these families and this outreach.Our prayer for the future of MAI is that the Lord would grow and protect the ministry for HIS glory and for the furtherance of HIS kingdom – that MAI would never falter in it’s dedication to His Word and proclaiming the truth of the Gospel of Christ.

Mark & Debby Schrock

GM League Two team and Director of Cuba Ministry

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Paul and Vickie Gizzi

Paul & Vickie Gizzi

Position: Director of Advancement and Japan Ministry

Biography

Paul & Vickie Gizzi have served full-time with MAI for 22 years in the LA office. Paul is the Director of the LA office of MAI. Vickie works for the MAI’s HQ operations as bookkeeper. They have four married children and seven grandchildren. Paul grew up in Japan and now leads short-term outreach trips each summer as well as assisting the newly formed Japan Seahorse Ministry & Academy. In addition Paul is involved in recruiting the next generation of “sports ministers” to LA and Fundraising. We love impacting the young men that come to play for our high level men’s amateur PDL team each spring & summer. Paul also teaches & coaches soccer at Biola University. Vickie enjoys being “Grandma” when not working and also works out faithfully to keep up with the grandkids. Paul loves to play tennis & will challenge our PDL players when able. Mostly we are thrilled to use sport to engage people with their creator & Lord both locally & abroad.

How & why did you become a MAI Missionary?

We became missionaries following 12 years as an educator & administrator in a Christian HS and after four years of playing soccer professionally. The Lord put the burden of being more bold and using our gifts on our hearts in a way that was quite personal & undeniable. As we pursued the opportunity it became more & more apparent that joining MAI was a good fit considering I had played soccer, coached soccer, and had gone on International soccer outreach trips as well as running my own soccer camps. These were the same things MAI was doing & needed a leader for the LA Office. The President of MAI called & encouraged us to consider joining. I tried to “fight” it once I began feeling called, but that’s a losing battle when our Lord provides specific and personal feelings that both Vickie & I knew were too unique to be denied. It has been a journey of faith, and not always an easy one, but one we cannot deny was directed by our Lord & Savior. We are excited and peaceful as we look back at how he has used us both with high level athletes here in LA, and within our International experience of representing God to the Japanese people through the sport of Soccer.

Paul & Vickie Gizzi

Director of Advancement and Japan Ministry

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