• 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,
  • Greg Aydt is Pastor of Youth Ministry at Advent Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. A native of South Jersey, Greg obtained his undergraduate degree from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. After getting married to Heather, they moved to Western Pennsylvania where Greg received his seminary degree from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Much of Greg’s life has been at the intersection of soccer and Jesus. After playing soccer in high school, Greg decided to join a prison ministry soccer team. On the weekend, this team would travel to various prisons and share the Gospel around a soccer match with the inmates. As well, he became a soccer referee at the varsity level and participated in church soccer leagues

    Nov 30,
  • 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,
  • This weekend, the Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew face off in the 2020 Major League Soccer Cup Final. Well, it was 10 years ago, that I had the privilege to accompany the team where I serve as volunteer chaplain, the Colorado Rapids, to Toronto, Canada for the 2010 championship match against FC Dallas. Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I reminisce and share a couple of memories that I have from my time with team during that championship time so many years ago. From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 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

    Dec 09,
  • The red line - it is every coach's nemesis in Major League Soccer. It's simple: teams above the red line when the season ends gain entry into the playoffs for the MLS Cup. Teams below the red line go home early. Every coach handles the red line differently - some watch it closely from the beginning of the year to the end. Others pay it no attention (or, so they say) choosing rather to take it "one game at a time." Some coaches play through a thousand scenarios and calculate how many points are needed to be above the red line when the season ends. But amidst formulaic calculations and all manner of worry and concern, the red line represents

    May 04,
  • The other day at the stadium, one of the Colorado Rapids staff members said, "Thanks for the luck!" The team had just scored a couple of goals against an important rival and looked to win it's first game of the season. The comment reminded me of the superstition that surrounds much of professional sport - from the player wearing the same socks game after game or makes the sign of the cross before entering the field of play to the coach or executive that hires certain staff or makes certain business decisions in order to keep "luck" on their side. A few years ago, after the Colorado Rapids had won the Major League Soccer Cup (2010) a member of the

    Apr 13,
  • When the whistle finally sounded, it was Sporting Kansas City that had overcome Real Salt Lake to take the Major League Soccer Cup Final for 2013. The game went to penalty kicks - the second such championship game for RSL - as both teams were looking for their second title. It has been three years since the Colorado Rapids claimed the title over FC Dallas in the cold confines of Toronto's BMO Field. Read a Rapids' staff reflection here. There has been much that has changed in those three years - in MLS as well as with the Rapids. As I reflect back on the team I offer some reflections that you might not exactly expect. 1. There is always a

    Dec 08,
  • The odds are not in their favor. The team is not favored to win and there are doubts of them even making the playoffs. According to one site, the Rapids have a 4.2% chance of winning the Major League Soccer Cup at this point right now. The same might have been said of the 2010 side that won it all and took home the league's most prized trophy - they weren't supposed to win. Some say that side received the "luck of the draw." Other bemoan the league's constant change of decisions with playoff formats that allowed the Rapids to gain the final through the Eastern Conference playoffs (although they weren't the only team from the west to do so).

    Aug 25,