Hall of Champions
FCA’s Hall of Champions was established in 1991 to honor individuals who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to Jesus Christ through the ministry of FCA. They are considered volunteer “All Stars” who have given above and beyond the call of duty and have upheld the Four Core Values of FCA: Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.
Class of 2015
John “Jake” Bostrom has been committed to FCA as a volunteer for more than a half-century, serving the Wisconsin FCA for the first two decades of its existence—and impacting countless coaches, athletes, volunteers and staff with his selfless service. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Bostrom was invited to serve at FCA conferences in North Dakota, Indiana and Michigan. Many considered him well-suited as an FCA staff member, but God knew he would be more effective as a volunteer. Early Wisconsin FCA initiatives can trace their origins to Bostrom’s efforts.
Throughout the years, he organized a number of “Weekends of Champions” events, father/son banquets, FCA rallies and FCA Sundays for area churches. He also tirelessly raised funds for these events as well as for summer conferences and camps. In fact, more than 1,000 young athletes have attended FCA Camp because of his involvement.
Bostrom has also served extensively on state and local FCA boards and leaders within Wisconsin FCA say the ministry there would not be what it is without his influence.
Wayne Gordon was one of the founding staff members of Chicago FCA in 1975 and a former Chicago FCA board member. He continues to serve as an advocate, mentor and champion for the Chicago FCA urban ministry. Gordon served as an FCA Huddle Leader and coach at Farragut High School in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago from 1975 to 1982. The inner-city boys in that group wanted to start a church in their neighborhood with Gordon’s help, and today, 30 years later, the Lawndale Community Church on Chicago’s west side serves the community not only through the church, but also through a clinic with 30 doctors that serves 100,000 patients a year.
Raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Gordon came to faith in Jesus Christ through FCA in high school and graduated from Wheaton College in 1975. While at Wheaton, Gordon served as a leader in the Wheaton North High School FCA Huddle, formed and led by FCA Hall of Champions coach Jim Rexilius. Following a call by God to serve in the inner city after graduation, Gordon moved to North Lawndale, which, at that time, was the 15th poorest neighborhood in the U.S. While there, Gordon was a teacher, football and basketball coach and started the first inner-city FCA Huddle at Farragut High.
As an adjunct professor at several seminaries and graduate schools, Gordon heads up the Lawndale campus of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He authored the inspiring book, “Real Hope in Chicago,” which details the power of God working in a community in need and references the impact FCA had on his own life.
Anne Graham Lotz
Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, has been involved with FCA for decades since her early days as a middle and high school Huddle Leader. She has since served as a keynote speaker at more than 50 FCA-related events, including numerous FCA Camps, President’s Weekends, Tom Landry Weekends, the 40th and 50th Anniversary Celebrations, women’s events for coaches’ wives and FCA auxiliary members, couples retreats, on university campuses and at multiple fundraisers around the country.
Called “the best preacher in the family” by her father, Lotz also speaks around the globe with the wisdom and authority of years spent studying God’s Word. The New York Times named her one of the five most influential evangelists of her generation. Her “Just Give Me Jesus” revivals have been held in more than 30 cities in 12 different countries, to hundreds of thousands of attendees.
Lotz’s husband, Danny, passed away in 2015 at the age of 78, and was also a longtime supporter of FCA, being inducted into the Hall of Champions himself in 2002 in recognition for starting FCA in North Carolina.
Bobby Jones, a retired NBA star who played with the Philadelphia 76ers, has served as an FCA banquet speaker around the Carolinas region, as well as a counselor and connector for FCA area staff. His wife, Tess, has also been instrumental in leading FCA’s Women’s Roundtable in an effort to effectively reach high school girls with the FCA ministry.
Over the past 20 years, Jones has been a popular guest speaker at many FCA basketball camps and coaches clinics, as well as a humble servant at events. As a coach, Jones always offers a Bible study to his team and consistently aims to be a servant leader. He often shares stories of how he has seen God at work in his own life and in the lives of others.
While Jones stays in touch with the NBA by mentoring Christian players in the league, his preference over the years has been to coach middle school and high school basketball teams. This grass roots impact has allowed Jones to influence young players on a personal level.
Ken Marks has served the Permian Basin FCA in the Midland, Texas, area for decades as a Huddle sponsor at Midland Lee High School and an FCA board member. He has been the face of FCA for hundreds of students over the years when Lee High School FCA did not have an area director or FCA staff on which to rely. Marks faithfully served as the Huddle sponsor for more than 30 years alongside his wife, Mary Lee.
A committed member of the board for the Permian Basin area, Marks has consistently provided wise counsel thanks to his long-term involvement with FCA. He has a strong spiritual commitment to the coaches, students and families he touches year after year. Many athletes over the past three decades or more can attribute the beginning of their relationship with Christ to Marks. He has also been a faithful giver to the ministry both financially and prayerfully, but most of all, with his time.
Marks was a member of the Midland ISD School Board in the ’80s when Spike Dykes, the Head Football Coach of Midland Lee, who went on to become the Head Football Coach at Texas Tech University, came to him requesting that an FCA Huddle be started on their high school campus. Since then, Ken and Mary Lee have hosted and led countless FCA meetings in their home, formed relationships with coaches and their teams and have taken athletes from Midland and surrounding schools to summer FCA Camp.
With the addition of Bostrom, Gordon, Graham Lotz, Jones and Marks, the Hall of Champions now includes 91 members. The honorees are determined by an FCA selection committee following a nomination process that includes staff, volunteers, athletes and members of the organization’s Board of Trustees. You can view the full list of Hall of Champions members below.
Previous Inductees into FCA’s Hall of Champions
Class of 2014
Don Chalmers - National Board Chairman
Paul Dietzel - Board Member/Volunteer
Sylvia Hatchell - Basketball Coach
Clendon Thomas - Volunteer
Class of 2013
Dick Abel - Past FCA President
Jose Camp - Wrestling Coach
Mark Johnson - Baseball Coach
Frank Kelly III - Board Member/Volunteer
Class of 2012
Ron Brown – College Football Coach
Neil Lomax– Professional Football Player
Kathy Malone Sparks – Athletic Trainer
Class of 2011
Kyle Rote, Jr. – National Soccer Hall of Fame
Bill Yeoman – College Football Coach
Deb Patterson – College Basketball Coach
Class of 2010
Donn Moomaw – College Football Player
Jim Scrogins – FCA Huddle Coach/High School Football Coach/AD
Sue Semrau – College Basketball Coach
Ken Smith – Pastor/Volunteer
Class of 2008
Edward Britton III – Lacrosse Athlete
Charles Kemble – Volunteer
Betty Probasco – Golf
James “Buck” McCabe – Senior VP/CFO
Madeline Manning Mims – Track and Field Olympian
Class of 2006
Mike Kolen – NFL Player
John “Bull Bramlett – NFL Player
John Gordy – NFL Player
Class of 2004
Larry Nelson – PGA Golf
Jim Rexilius – High School Football Coach
Fisher DeBerry – College Football Coach
Otto Graham – NFL Football Coach
Class of 2002
Carl Erskine – Baseball
John Erickson – Past FCA President
Danny Lotz – Basketball/Trustee
R.V. Brown – Football/Volunteer
Morley Fraser – Athletics Director/Volunteer
Class of 2000
Tony Dungy – NFL Football Coach
Faye O’Dell – High School Football Coach
Captain Bill Lewis – FCA Golf Ministry
Class of 1998
Bunny Martin – Volunteer
Bobby Richardson – MLB Baseball
Dick Schultz – Volunteer
Grant Teaff – College Football Coach
Harry J. Lloyd – Volunteer
Class of 1995
Steve Largent – Congressman and NFL Football
Branch Rickey – Baseball
Class of 1992
Paul Anderson – U.S. Olympian
Kay Yow – College Basketball Coach
Jerry Kindall – College Baseball Coach
Betsy King – LPGA Golf
Class of 2009
Dal Shealy – Past FCA President
Ken Hatfield – College Football Player/Coach
Bob Lilly – NFL Player
Larry Mize – PGA Golf
Class of 2007
Albert Long, Jr. – Multi-Sport Athlete
Jimmy Feix – College Football Player/Coach
Dick Harp – Coach
Class of 2005
Gary Cuozzo – NFL Player
Jean Driscoll – U.S. Olympian
Prentice Gautt – NFL Player
Frosty Westering – College Football Coach
Class of 2003
Dr. O.K. Bailey – Volunteer
Ray Hildebrand – Former staff/volunteer
Mike Singletary – NFL Football
Jim Myers – Football coach
Joan Cronan – Athletics Director/Volunteer
Class of 2001
Jane Albright – College Basketball Coach
Bobby Bowden – College Football Coach
John Lotz – College Administrator
Freddy Mitchell – Volunteer
Tom Osborne – College Football Coach
Class of 1999
Tanya Crevier – Basketball
“Deacon” Dan Towler – NFL Football
Don Shinnick – Volunteer
Class of 1997
J.C. Watts – Congressman and College Football
Raymond Berry – NFL Football Coach
Class of 1994
Peggy Kirk Bell – LPGA Golf
Nick Hyder – High School Football Coach
Don McClanen – FCA Founder and College Basketball Coach
Class of 1991
Tom Landry – NFL Football Coach
Archie Griffin – Heisman Trophy Winner
Steve Owens – Heisman Trophy Winner
Roger Staubach – Heisman Trophy Winner
James N. Jeffrey – Volunteer
Dick Lane – Volunteer
Dan Stavely – College Football Coach