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Bill & Lisa Galipault

Bill & Lisa Galipault

Position: Office Manager/ Dir. Youth Leagues

About me

I have spent 40 years in sports ministry after my first soccer short term mission outreach in 1980. After coaching for seven years at Nyack (NY) College, my wife Lisa and I joined MAI spending 5 years in the L.A. office followed by six years in the Czech Republic. From 1999 to 2010 I worked with Fellowship of Christian Athletes Global Initiative and then as Pastor of Small Groups and Recreation at Rose Drive Friends Church in Yorba Linda, CA. I returned to MAI staff in L.A. in 2011 with a desire to focus on training the next generation of sports ministers. I am a Recorded Minister in the Friends Church Southwest and hold a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University.

In addition to supporting me in ministry, my wife Lisa works as a dental hygienist and is active in women’s ministry at church. We have been married for 36 years and have three grown daughters.

How & why I became a MAI Missionary

I became a Christian at the age of 22 after graduating from college. Initially I was unsure how soccer (which I had played through college) fit with my new faith. A soccer outreach trip to Jamaica, Guatemala, and Trinidad in 1980 with Sports Ambassadors gave me a vision for living out my faith through the game I loved. While attending seminary I coached at Nyack College and took part of my team on a short term mission to Mexico during the 1986 World Cup. It was there that I met Tim Conrad and Dave Irby with newly formed Missionary Athletes International. Tim challenged Lisa and I to consider joining their staff. We saw how my background, experience and desire to minister fit with what they were doing and we joined staff in 1988.

Bill & Lisa Galipault

Office Manager/ Dir. Youth Leagues

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Jacob Goodling

Position: Resident/Program Assistant

About me:

My name is Jacob Goodling, I am 20 years old, and I have live in Charlotte North Carolina for the last 16 years. I am the second oldest of four siblings and three out of the four of us have played soccer our entire lives. I had the opportunity last year to play at the college level at Liberty University and had a great experience there. I also love outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and wake surfing.

 

How and why I became a MAI missionary:

I have been involved with MAI’s Charlotte ministry, The Charlotte Eagles, for as long as I can remember. It all started when my dad was in college and he went on tour with the eagles all over Europe. Then, years later, my family moved from Delaware to Charlotte due to my dad taking a new job. From then on we hosted players for years when the Eagles still had a pro team. Then, when they switched to PDL, we hosted staff members year round. Along with all of this, I had a lot of involved with the urban ministry during my time in high school. I also had the opportunity to go on multiple MAI missions trips including Cuba and Brazil. All of this experience surrounding MAI has allowed me to witness how life changing this ministry can be, and I am so excited to be able to be a part of that influence in the community. Why do I want to become a MAI missionary? Because God has blessed me with the influence of MAI through my friends and family for as long as I can remember, and I cant pass up the opportunity to take part in this life giving ministry.

Jacob Goodling

Resident/Program Assistant

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Kelly and Stephanie Warner

Kelly & Stephanie Warner

Position: Director of Camps and Special Projects

How & why I became 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

Director of Camps and Special Projects

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Lily McGill

Position: Marketing Coordinator & Youth Coach

About me

I grew up in So Cal and have played soccer since I was young. I recently graduated from Biola University and am super excited to be working full-time with the Seahorses. This ministry combines three things that I love – Jesus, soccer, and kiddos! I get to combine the best of both worlds, working directly with kids as well as tapping into my creative side & marketing background to increase the impact of our programs in the community. I’m so excited to be a part of this ministry and to use the gifts and passions God has given me for His glory!

How & why I became a MAI Missionary

I first heard about the Seahorse ministry while taking PE with Paul Gizzi at Biola. He invited me on an international outreach trip to Japan the summer of 2019 and then I continued working with the Seahorses as a Marketing & Media Assistant part-time while finishing school. I also had the opportunity to coach kids in our clinics, preschool program, and neighborhood program. After graduating, I felt God calling me to stay involved with the Seahorse ministry and decided to join full time staff.

One of my favorite verses that I think really characterizes my experience with the Seahorses is Ephesians 3:20-21 which says “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” I have seen God do immeasurably more than I could imagine in the way he brought me to this ministry, and am expectant that he will continue to do immeasurably more than we could imagine through this ministry to impact players for Christ!

Lily McGill

Marketing Coordinator & Youth Coach

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Luke Helmuth

Position: Director of Youth Soccer

About me

I spent my first eight years with MAI in the Charlotte office starting as an Urban Eagles intern but growing into roles with the USL 2 team, Residency, and the club. I love playing soccer, watching soccer, and coaching soccer. When I’m not “doing” soccer, I will likely be outside doing some activity, listening to music, or enjoying good food with my wife. Relationships are a big part of my life and carry into the different avenues of ministry I am engaged in.

How & why I became a MAI Missionary

I first began to feel God’s calling into ministry after graduating high school but was not sure how or where. I was exposed to sports ministry while in school at Messiah College.  Through being around my college team and experiencing sports ministry both in local communities and internationally, God revealed to me the power sports have for His kingdom. Both of my college coaches had played for the Charlotte Eagles and had experiences with sports ministry through MAI. They pointed me towards the Eagles. After months of prayer and searching, I felt God’s call for me to come down to Charlotte and learn more about sports ministry for a year through the Urban Eagles internship.  I stayed seven more years after the internship, continuing to use soccer as the connection to relationships and discipleship.

Throughout my time in Charlotte I heard little whispers about coming out to the Seahorses. I felt strongly in the unity of MAI and wanted to see Urban and Youth ministries develop in LA and Southern California. In 2021 those whispers grew stronger. After discussions with family and MAI leadership, my now wife and I felt that Southern California was the next place God was calling us. Although it seems like a bit of a restart for us, we are excited about the things God has done and what he will do in the future.

Luke Helmuth

Director of Youth Soccer

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Mark & Debbie Schrock

Mark & Debby Schrock

Position: GM USL2, Director of Cuba Ministry

About Mark

Mark has been involved with the ministry of MAI for over 30 years, first as a Board member before joining the staff in 1993. He continues to serve as the General Manager for the Seahorses L2 team in L.A. Along with a strong administrative background; Mark also brings a multi-cultural understanding with personal soccer achievements, having grown up in Argentina along with a successful collegiate career. Mark and Debby live in La Mirada and have four grown children, three who are married and five grandchildren.

How and why we became MAI Missionaries

Mark and Debby had the privilege of serving the Lord through the ministry of MAI since its inception in 1983, first through Mark’s service on the original Board of Directors of MAI and then by joining the staff in 1993. They have been blessed to see God’s hand on this ministry through the years – God’s provision with Godly leadership through amazing Board members. God’s provision of dedicated and committed MAI missionaries and His protection over hundreds if not thousands of players who have traveled with the U.S. and throughout the world to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. They are grateful that the Lord has been gracious in allowing them to witness and participate in this awesome ministry.

It would be very difficult to pick one ministry highlight, but one from the last decade has been the privilege Mark has had in going to Cuba since 2010 to train Christian coaches who are dedicated to seeing Cuba transformed by the Gospel through the platform of Sports. He’s been 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.

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 its dedication to His Word and proclaiming the truth of the Gospel of Christ.

Mark & Debby Schrock

GM USL2, Director of Cuba Ministry

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Mike and Sharon Pedlowe

Position: SoCal Executive Director

About me:
Sharon and I have served for 40+ years in the ministry. 25 years a youth pastor, 15 years as a senior pastor and the last two as a missionary for Fourth Quarter Missions. Sharon and I will have been married 40 years this June. We have four kids, Kelsey, Drew, Katie and Emily. They are the Crown Jewels of our lives along with seven grandkids.

How & why I became a MAI Missionary?
To impact the world in a greater way with the Gospel of Christ for the glory of God.

Mike and Sharon Pedlowe

SoCal Executive Director

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Paul and Vickie Gizzi

Paul & Vickie Gizzi

Position: Director of Advancement, Japan Ministry

About me

Paul Gizzi was born & raised in Japan till age 14. His parents were missionaries.  He speaks Japanese & has led MAI’s efforts in Japan for 24 years.  Paul was a goalkeeper at Biola University and then spent four years in the NASL playing for the Seattle Sounders and the San Jose Earthquakes. After that he spent 12 years in education as a soccer coach, Athletic Director and Principal of a private Christian HS in Northern California.  Most recently he has been the director of the Seahorse ministries for the past 25 years.  He was the Head Women’s and goalkeeper coach as well as the men’s keeper coach for Biola University during those 25 years.

His goal is not only to reach the Japanese with the message of Jesus, but to make the experience one of personal transformation for the trip participants. Currently he serves MAI through development, community & alumni relations, special events as well as fundraising and the ongoing Japan effort.

How & why I became 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, Japan Ministry

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