Track & Field - South Africa
Tim - Team Discipler
Tim and his wife joined the staff of Athletes in Action in 2001 in the Track and Field department. He recruited and led international track and field trips in Thailand, Fiji, Guatemala, and other countries, and participated in U.S. domestic AIA Track ministry in camps and track projects. In 2012 he joined the Operations Department at the AIA headquarters as Property Manager.
"My Vision is to see our AIA headquarters developed and constructed (including the future John Wooden Family Fieldhouse) in such a way that the flow of visitors and users of our facilities multiplies exponentially, and the local area and the world are impacted with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that all the ministries of AIA, from the campus ministry to sports teams, to the international ministry and all divisions in between, are impacted, given lift and flourish, so that every person has the chance to hear the hope and grace of the Gospel."
"I am excited about the South Africa project because we have a chance to disciple athletes at the highest level in South Africa. Discipleship was the passion that brought me to AIA staff in 2001, and I am looking forward to giving others more tools to grow in their faith as well. I have never been to South Africa and look forward to learning about the people and culture. I believe one of the best ways to build relationship is to do life together. It will be exciting to develop new Track and Field relationships in South Africa. I hope that we are able to leave the AIA ministry in South Africa encouraged and strengthened."
Jodi - Team Director
Jodi has been on staff with Athletes in Action Track & Field since 2009. In her history with AIA T&F, she has taken numerous competitive teams to Belgium, traveled to Puerto Rico and Korea, and serves as a chaplain at National and World Track & Field Championships, including the Rio Olympics. She was a pole vaulter in college and in 2015 she married her husband, Brian, and moved near Washington D.C. With the move, she devotes some of her time at a local campus.
Her passion is to develop relationships with athletes through the common bond of track & field and share with them the message of Jesus Christ.
Jodi traveled to South Africa once before while in college and she is looking forward to going back. After her initial trip, she longed for the day she could return. Through her years on staff with AIA, she has crossed paths with many South Africans. “Many of the South African staff are dear friends of mine and I look forward to seeing them in their home country.” She is excited to be a part of their ministry and serve them however she can.
I'm also really looking forward to traveling with Ashley and Chealsea. Ashley came to one of our training camps years ago and I just fell in love with this gal. I've known Chealsea from before I joined staff when I was working at Alabama. She came to Puerto Rico with me in 2010 and I'm excited to travel with her again. What better way to develop closer relationships than serving our Lord together internationally!”
- Jodi, for the Team
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