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Bill & Lisa Galipault

Bill & Lisa Galipault

Position: Director of Camps/Czech Republic Ministry

About me

I have spent over 35 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 31 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

Director of Camps/Czech Republic Ministry

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Daniel Christenson

Daniel Christenson

Position: Director of Youth Development

About me

I grew up in Seattle, WA and played collegiate soccer at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA where I spent one season coaching before relocating to Los Angeles. Along with college coaching, I have experience coaching youth from ages 2-18 and hope to use this platform as a coach to share my faith with others. I played two years with the SoCal Seahorses PDL team in 2017 & 2018.

How & why I became 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

 

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

So Cal Executive Director

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Mark & Debbie Schrock

Mark & Debby Schrock

Position: GM USL2/Director of Cuba Ministry

About me

I have been involved with the ministry of MAI for over 30 years, first as a board member before joining the staff in 1993.  I continue to serve as the the General Manager for the Seahorse PDL team in L.A.  Along with a strong administrative background, I also bring a multi-cultural understanding and personal soccer achievements, having grown up in Argentina and enjoyed a successful college career.  My wife Debby and I live locally in La Mirada and have 4 grown children, 3 of whom are married, and 2 grandchildren.

How & why I became 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.

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 USL2/Director of Cuba Ministry

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Paul and Vickie Gizzi

Paul & Vickie Gizzi

Position: Director of Advancement/ Japan Ministry

About me

My wife Vickie and I have served full-time with MAI for 22 years in the LA office. I am now the Director of Advancement and Japan Ministry and Vickie has stepped away from working to enjoy time with our grandkids. We have four married children and seven grandchildren. I grew up in Japan and lead short-term outreach trips each summer as well as assisting the newly formed Japan Seahorse Ministry & Academy. In addition I am also involved in recruiting the next generation of “sports ministers” to LA and Fundraising. I love impacting the young men that come to play for our high level men’s amateur USL2 team each spring & summer. I also teach & coach soccer at Biola University.  Mostly we are thrilled to use sport to engage people with their creator & Lord both locally & abroad.

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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