President and CEO
Veteran NFL coach Les Steckel became the seventh president and CEO of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on March 1, 2005. Steckel’s extensive involvement with FCA dates back to 1972 when, as a college football coach, he attended his first FCA conference. In the 37 years since then, Steckel has served as Huddle Leader, platform speaker, camp dean, football clinician at various FCA Camps across the nation and served regularly as a guest speaker for FCA events. Steckel and his wife, Chris, also speak at FCA marriage enrichment weekends, and prior to his selection as FCA President and CEO, both he and Chris served on the FCA National Board of Trustees.
Steckel’s football coaching career spans over 32 years. After spending five years as a college coach at the University of Colorado and the U.S. Naval Academy, Steckel began his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1978. His 23 years of coaching experience in the NFL includes serving as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans, whom he helped guide to the 2000 Super Bowl. He also was an offensive coach for the New England Patriots during their 1985 Super Bowl season.
Additionally, he held the position of offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was a position coach with the Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills.
A Golden Gloves boxing champion at the University of Kansas, Steckel graduated from Kansas in 1968 with a triple-major bachelor’s degree in political science, social work and human relations. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and, after completing Officer Candidate School in early 1969, served in Vietnam as an infantry officer. In 1972, Steckel joined the Marine Corps Reserves and served in various staff positions throughout the United States while he coached football for college and NFL teams until retiring in 1999 as a Colonel. Among his numerous military awards, Steckel received the Navy Commendation Medal.
In August 2006, Steckel’s autobiography, One Yard Short: Turning Your Defeats Into Victories, was published. The title is derived from the final play of the 2000 Super Bowl between the St. Louis Rams and Steckel’s Titans, a play that has been called the most exciting play in the history of the Super Bowl. Steckel’s book chronicles his life journey which ultimately led him to Kansas City to head FCA, the largest sports ministry in the world.
Les and Chris Steckel, who reside in Brentwood, Tennessee, are the parents of three adult children, Christian, Lesley and Luke and three grandchildren, Callen, Logan and Chloe.
Executive Director of Field Ministry
Shane Williamson serves as the Executive Director of Field Ministry for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Shane was the Multi-Area Director for Metro Atlanta FCA from 2005-2011. Williamson has been with FCA since June 2002. Prior to moving to Atlanta he was the Upstate SC Director for The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A native of Loris, SC in Horry County Shane attended Wofford College earning a B.S. in Biology while playing football for current coach Mike Ayers and serving as an officer in the FCA huddle there. He then attended Converse College earning a Masters in Secondary Education.
Shane and his wife Angel have 4 children, 3 daughters ages 20, 19 and 7 and 1 son, age 6. He enjoys coaching his daughter in soccer as well as both his daughter and son in basketball and flag football.
Executive Director of the National Support Center
Ken Williams serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the National Support Center in Kansas City, MO. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Williams attended South Hill Catholic High School, where he participated in cross country and track and held the school’s record for the mile and two mile.
Graduating from California State College (Pa.) with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Park Administration, Williams began working as a restaurant manager and, from there, moved up the corporate ladder, spending more than 20 years in human resources.
He has held the position of Director of Training and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Metromedia Steakhouses in Dayton, Ohio, Vice President of Human Resources and Operations for Monetery Pasta Company in Danville, Ca., and Executive Director of Human Resources for Donatos Pizza in Columbus, Ohio. He also obtained a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Williams came on board with FCA in 1999 as Vice President of Human Resources and later served as Senior Vice President of Human and Program Development until his promotion to Executive Vice President in 2004.
Williams and his wife, Judy, reside in Olathe, Kan. They have one daughter, Heather.
Executive Vice President of International Ministry
Dan Britton serves as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Executive Vice President of International Ministry at the National Support Center in Kansas City. He has been on FCA staff since 1991, first serving for 13 years in Virginia and most recently as the Executive V.P. of Ministry Programs and Training. In high school and college, Dan was a standout lacrosse player. He continued his lacrosse career by playing professional indoor lacrosse for four years with the Baltimore Thunder.
He has coauthored three books, One Word That Will Change Your Life, WisdomWalks and WisdomWalks SPORTS, and he is the author and editor of eleven FCA books. He still plays and coaches lacrosse and enjoys running marathons.
He and his wife Dawn reside in Overland Park, Kansas, with their three children: Kallie, Abby and Elijah.
Executive Vice President of Communications and Events
Nancy Hedrick serves as the Executive Vice President of Communications and Events for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the National Support Center in Kansas City, MO. She oversees communications and marketing as well as public and media relations, FCA Magazine, national events and donor services.
Before joining FCA in September 2004, Hedrick first worked at General Mills in Minneapolis, MN in various roles including Director of Marketing and Sales. She then moved to ConAgra Frozen Foods in Omaha, NE where she ultimately served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Retail Brands.
As a tennis player Hedrick competed nationally both as a junior and collegiately at the University of Missouri where she earned her BSBA and also MBA while in the role of assistant coach.
She and her husband, John, reside in Overland Park, KS. They have three grown children, Chris, Sara and Brenden.
Executive Vice President of Ministry Programs and Resources
Jeff Martin serves as the Executive Vice President of Ministry Programs and Resources. He recently served as the National Director of Camp and Campus Ministries at the NSC. Before joining the NSC staff, Jeff was the SW Oklahoma FCA Area Director in Lawton, OK for fourteen years. During that time, he founded Fields of Faith, which has become an annual national outreach event for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jeff grew up in Harrah, OK where he competed in football and basketball at Harrah High School. He attended college and was a member of the football team at East Central University in Ada, OK. Martin went on to receive a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX.
He currently lives in Overland Park, KS with his wife Julie and their three children AJ, Ashleigh and Alexis.
Executive Vice President of Technology
Rob Thomas serves as the Executive Vice President of Technology for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Thomas joined FCA as the Vice President of Technology in September 2013 before moving into his current position in October 2014. He directs the many aspects of the ministry’s technology including infrastructure, current and future integration, and overall innovation.
Prior to joining FCA, Thomas spent 16 years directing a privately held information and software development consulting firm called Onkew Technology.
In his roles with Onkew Technology, Thomas was responsible for the strategic technological vision of the company. He led a team of system engineers, software developers, marketing consultants and designers who designed and deployed leading technology solutions and cloud-based services for hundreds of businesses and Fortune 500 companies in the medical, educational, financial and business fields across the world.
A 1996 University of Nebraska graduate, Thomas earned seven All-American honors in the triple jump and long jump as a track and field competitor for the Cornhuskers. Thomas and his wife, Ann, reside in Overland Park, Kan., with their two children, Trey and Blake.