A new era has begun as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has named Shane Williamson its eighth President and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2017.
Prior to being called to lead and direct the 62-year-old ministry, Williamson had served as FCA’s Executive Director of Field Ministry since September 2014. He was also Vice President of Field Ministry for the Carolinas Region from 2011-14, Multi-Area Director for Metro Atlanta from 2005-11 and Area Director for Upstate South Carolina from 2002-05. Before Williamson’s employment with the ministry, he was involved as an FCA sponsor while working as a teacher and coach from 1992-2002 in four South Carolina high schools. That decade of hands-on experience allowed Williamson to personally understand and relate to coaches and athletes on a unique level.
“I am honored and excited to serve alongside such wonderfully committed teammates, coaches, athletes, supporters and volunteers in leading the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as president,” Williamson said. “FCA is a ministry uniquely positioned—through the influence of coaches and athletes—to impact our world by promoting in sport the life-changing message of Christ.
“As a husband, father, coach and athlete, God has used FCA to grow and change my life, marriage and family in so many positive ways. I can only hope to lead in such a way that continues to give all who serve and support this ministry greater opportunities to invest in coaches, athletes and all whom they influence in the same way.”
A native of Loris, South Carolina, Williamson attended Wofford College, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology while playing football for current coach Mike Ayers and serving as an officer in the campus FCA Huddle. He then attended Converse College, earning a master’s degree in secondary education. Williamson and his wife, Angel, have four children: three daughters aged 23, 21 and 10, and one 9-year-old son.
As former FCA President and CEO Les Steckel passes the baton to Williamson, there is a sentimental atmosphere around the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, mixed with an air of excitement. Both men have devoted themselves to sports and the ministry of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the globe.
Please join all of FCA in praying for Williamson and his family as he steps into this new position of influence and leadership.