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.
Les and Chris have three children, Christian (married to Christi), Lesley (married to Shaun), Luke and two grandchildren: Callan and Chloe.
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
Donnie Dee has been with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 20 years and now serves as FCA’s Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. Before assuming his new role in August 2009, Dee served as FCA’s Regional Director for Southern California.
As a Kansas City native, Dee played football and basketball for Oak Park High School and was a four-year letterman in football at the University of Tulsa, graduating from there in 1988 with a business management degree. He was then drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and played in the NFL for two years.
After his time in the NFL, Dee began his FCA career in Colorado, where he developed a thriving ministry. He then answered a call 13 years ago to move to Southern California, where he grew FCA’s ministry in that region from one volunteer to 30 staffers today.
Dee directs the daily ministry of FCA’s National Support Center, which serves more than 400 local and regional offices that annually impact almost 2 million people across the country.
Dee met his wife, Jackie, while both were athletes at the University of Tulsa. They have two children, Johnny and Jennifer.
Chief Administrative Officer
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 and Training
Dan Britton serves as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Executive Vice President of International Ministry and Training 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. 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 all internal and external communications, including public and media relations, FCA Magazine, and the national events and donor services departments.
Before joining FCA in September 2004, Hedrick first worked at General Mills in Minneapolis in various roles including Director of Marketing and Sales. She then moved to ConAgra Frozen Foods in Omaha where she ultimately served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Retail Brands.
Hedrick holds a BSBA and a MBA from the University of Missouri where she was a member of the tennis team, later a graduate assistant coach and has since served as a Varsity M Board member and Board Secretary.
A nationally active speaker and contributing author to two books (Give Stress a Rest and Thriving in the Midst of Change), Hedrick has also served on the boards of the Kansas City chapter of the National Speakers Association, Omaha Theater for Young People, Nebraska Lung Association, Girls, Inc., and Leadership Minneapolis plus the University of Minnesota Women’s Athletics Advisory Council.
She and her husband, John, reside in Overland Park, KS.
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.