• Jordan lives in Orange County, VA where he is currently an Associate Pastor at The Lake of the Woods Church and he has been serving their Young Families and Online communities for the past four years.  In the early 2000’s, Jordan toured the country and recorded several albums as bass player for the band Carbon Leaf and received an American Music Award in 2002.  He then went on to teach music in Spotsylvania County Public Schools at the high school and middle school level for eight years while working toward his seminary degree in preparation for his ordination. Jordan currently serves the Central Virginia region as chaplain.  Jordan and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 2002 and have four

    Jun 22,
  • Clint has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 2005 when he moved from Las Cruces (NMSU) after growing up in Clovis. After completing his Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering at University of New Mexico, Clint served as the Missions Director at Desert Springs Church in Albuquerque. Clint studied theology and ministry at Desert Springs and eventually was commissioned as Pastor over Missions and Community Groups in 2013. Clint is currently serving as an ordained Executive Pastor/Church Planter of Christ Church Albuquerque. Clint, his wife Joanna, and their two adopted sons, Ivan and Nico, love to play soccer and read the Bible together. They long to see friends and family, neighbors and the nations come to know and trust Jesus!

    Aug 10,
  • Erick Jiménez is a native of El Paso, Texas and serves as Minister of Discipleship at First Baptist Church of El Paso. He holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a candidate for a Master's of Divinity with an anticipated graduation in 2022. As part of Soccer Chaplains United, Erick serves as volunteer chaplain to El Paso Locomotive FC, a team in the USL—Championship, a role he started in 2020. Prior to joining First Baptist and Soccer Chaplains United, Erick has worked in several church, ministry, and educational contexts including serving at Coronado Baptist Church in El Paso, working at Howard Payne University as an Admissions and Academic Counselor, serving as FCA (Fellowship of Christian

    Jul 03,
  • From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).

    Nov 12,
  • Here is a list of all of our Community Projects and work that have happened in the country of El Salvador. Below are links to stories and updates on various projects.

    Oct 29,
  • Here is a list of all of our Community Projects and work that have happened in the country of Cambodia. Below are links to stories and updates on various projects.

    Jul 23,
  • Born in Waxahachie, Texas, Kim started serving Trinity International University soccer programs unofficially in 2016 and then officially as chaplain for the Trojan Men's Soccer Program in December of 2017. Kim graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BA in English. She was received as a member of Chaplain Fellowship Ministries International in 2011 and is commissioned through her local church, Immanuel Church, in Gurnee, Illinois. Known affectionately as Miss Kim to the TIU athletes she has served, Kim utilizes her gifts of teaching, discernment, and hospitality to provide care for many — even before serving the school. She even has the distinction of serving as mayor of the Town of Kiefer, Oklahoma for a number of years and

    Jul 18,
  • Here is a list of all of our Community Projects and work that have happened in the country of Turkey. Below are links to stories and updates on various projects.

    Apr 30,
  • Here is a list of all of our Community Projects and work that have happened in the United States of America, State of Michigan. Below are links to stories and updates on various projects.

    Apr 30,
  • A long-time resident of Nashville, Ryan Doyle serves as chaplain to Christ Presbyterian Academy Boys Soccer, a position he has held since 2019. Doyle also currently serves as Pastor at Mercy Presbyterian Church, a church plant of the Nashville Presbytery. He is ordained with the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA).  A holder of an USSF "E" license, Doyle has coached soccer for 20 years (both at his alma mater Brentwood Academy and in his current situation at CPA), and played high level soccer from early childhood through his college days at Samford. He has coached soccer in various roles at Christ Presbyterian Academy since 2001, as well as being involved in teaching, leading worship, and directing spiritual life on campus at different points

    Jan 21,
  • Born in Wenatchee, Washington, Christina began serving the Portland Thorns as chaplain in 2019 after many years of being a season-ticket holder and fan. Christina graduated from Washington State University with a BS in Human Development and Family Science. She has also taken courses with Dallas Theological Seminary and the Institute of Biblical Studies. She serves on staff with Cru City - Portland and alongside her husband, Andy, who leads a home church in the Woodstock neighborhood of Portland. In her years of ministry service, Christina, has developed a supportive, and optimistic approach when it comes to interacting with a variety of personalities, spiritual interests and backgrounds. With a high value on diversity she works to cultivate accepting, trusting, and

    Jan 21,
  • Isidro Piña was born in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico and has been married to Blanca since 1984.  Together they have two children and a grandson.  Isidro came to the United States at the age of 14 and lived in San Antonio, Texas until he took his first appointment as a United Methodist minister. Isidro received his call to ministry in 1988 but did not begin full-time ministry until 1991.  He graduated from Memorial High in San Antonio and received his undergrad from UT Pan American in Edinburg, Texas in 2004.  He went on to graduate school where he earned his MDiv from Southern Methodist University.  He is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on Preaching and

    Apr 26,
  • Soccer Chaplains United's community donations are an extension of our work with various soccer teams and our relationships with different churches, schools, and community organizations. Through our community work we connect soccer and faith communities in meaningful service projects that go well beyond the teams that we serve — even to the ends of the earth.If you are interested in requesting or donating gear please contact us at info@soccerchaplainsunited.org.Click a flag below to see what projects have happened in that country or state (U.S.) or scroll down to see our different projects year over year.

    Jul 21,
  • Kurt Trempert was born and raised as a missionary kid in Quito, Ecuador. Upon graduation from high school he headed off to Toccoa Falls Bible College in northeastern Georgia where he played soccer and prepared for the ministry. After two years at Toccoa, Kurt drove across the country and transferred to Simpson Bible College in California. There he continued to play soccer and prepare for pastoral ministry. While at Simpson College, Kurt met his future wife whom he married after graduation in 1991. They have 3 children. Kurt has coached all of his children as they all share Kurt’s passion for the game of soccer. One of Kurt’s greatest joys is playing soccer with his children and their friends. Kurt

    Jul 14,
  • The Rev Dr. Ricardo "Ricky" Orellana helps with the spiritual and pastoral care of the Spanish-speaking players and staff. His duties include translation for Soccer Chaplains United chaplains and counselors. Ricardo was born in the small town of Los Andes in the fifth region of the central part of Chile. His parents and grandparents were both farmers and he is the first from his family to leave the farm, enter university and become a professional. Originally from a Roman Catholic family, Ricardo accepted the Lord as his personal Savior when he was 14 years old and became a member of the National Presbyterian Church of Chile. Ricardo studied mechanical engineering at Valparaiso Catholic University earning a bachelor’s degree whilst also

    Jul 14,
  • The Rev. Cesar M. Duran is a native of Mexico, ordained as an elder in the Methodist Church of Mexico in 1995 and has pastored churches in Mexico for 13 years. He holds a Bachelor's of Theology degree from Seminario Juan Wesley in Monterrey, Mexico, and a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.Duran is an Ordained Pastor with the United Methodist Church.“I began to serve God when I was a child in my home church,” Cesar says. “Then I served God in the district and conference as a youth leader. In one of the trainings, God called me to the ministry. I clearly heard the call of God but I refused to listen. After a lot of struggle, I

    Jul 14,
  • Chaplaincy Development Since 2002, Soccer Chaplains United has offered chaplaincy services in Major League Soccer. Since then we've expanded to offer an integrated, team-approach which seeks to develop chaplaincy at all levels of the game. Our primary aim is to offer appropriate spiritual and pastoral care and support to individuals within the soccer community — whether someone is an athlete, coach, official, team executive or staff member, alumni, family member or simply a fan. Soccer Chaplains United chaplaincy seeks to offer holistic care.  There are two, typical ways that a chaplaincy placement happens — either an opportunity with a particular team or organization presents itself or an individual with an interest in becoming a chaplain. We outline both processes below.

    Jul 14,
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    Jun 09,
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    Jun 09,
  • As 2020 comes to a close and with 2021 on the horizon, Soccer Chaplains United is making a significant shift in emphasis for the foreseeable future — namely, the elimination of an internal counseling emphasis for the organization. The shift comes after this past year of analyzing and assessing the continued viability for the organization to carry out counseling service for soccer as part of its own makeup and DNA. There are a number of reasons for what I am calling a "shift of emphasis" that I will share here. But before I do, I want to recount what I think is a still commendable history for counseling in the Soccer Chaplains United organization with the simple timeline graphic below.

    Dec 14,
  • Unfortunately, this season will see the end of Cody Baker serving as a counselor with Soccer Chaplains United. Cody, has been there from the beginning with us and was an integral part of our organization growing. He has served well and really helped us, especially in the early years and through the transition from CrossTraining to Soccer Chaplains United. I'd like to personally thank Cody for the contributions he has made over the years — including putting up with me and working hard to figure out how we can integrate chaplaincy and counseling service for a soccer team! In recent months, Cody has been feeling a draw and call away from private practice and into helping young people in the

    Oct 17,
  • In the fast-pass culture that we live in sometimes missing the small aspects of life that help make us healthier individuals fade to the backdrop. As I was driving home with my family on Thanksgiving evening we passed an outlet mall. The line of cars extended from the mall and continued down the highway for a couple of miles. As we continued home I realized that holiday lights were already up and turned on around stores and people’s houses. Suddenly Thanksgiving was over without the day being done. Yes, every holiday is commercialized and that is an issue in and of itself that makes me cringe. This year it is bothering me even more. As Americans we are gifted a

    Nov 27,
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  • Over the last couple of weeks, I noticed a struggle within myself:  thriving in the day to day choices whose effects are not seen in the moment, but have long term ramifications.  For example, after a recent loss, a colleague asked me how I was doing. I responded with, “I haven’t carved out the time to process yet.” The conversation continued with him reminding me processing can happen in smaller amounts of time within a day that is within a week which could be within a month, year, etc. At times there is the ability to lose the middle ground that happens in-between the start and finish of projects, pain, work, education, growing skillsets. I was making a daily choice

    Oct 02,
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  • Three years, nearly to the day, CrossTraining held its annual retreat just before the Colorado Rapids home opening match against the Portland Timbers. CrossTraining team members and board advisors gathered in the mountains to pray and discuss the future of the ministry as the 2011 Major League Soccer season was about to get underway. The time together wrapped up with the game in which the Rapids beat the Timbers 3-1. Last night, driving home after the Rapids won 2-0 against the same Timbers, I reflected on the game, the 2014 retreat that had just wrapped up and the ministry of CrossTraining, with an overwhelming sense of deja vu. In some ways, I wondered just how far CrossTraining had come

    Mar 23,