Get to know the Northwestern Wisconsin FCA Staff
NW WI Area Director
I grew up in Eau Claire, WI, attended Eau Claire Memorial and graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2007 with Health and Physical Education Teaching. I spent 6 years in the Wisconsin Army then Air National Guard and taught at Menomonie High School for a short time before coming on staff with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Family: I married my sweetheart, Cassie, in June of 2010 and we now live on the south side of Eau Claire with our cats Donkey and Phiki. On July 31st, 2014 God gave us our first son Danteo Andrew Draper, and on November 25th, 2015 Emari Joy Draper joined us! I'm blessed to have my parents, sister, brother-in-law and their boys living nearby.
Sports: I played Free Safety with the Eau Claire Crush football team, and ran track at UW-Eau Claire. Now I coach football and track in Eau Claire... and keep my own athletic "career" alive in local rec leagues for flag football and softball!
FCA's pull on me: I attended Sports camp twice in HS, was a student leader in my HS FCA huddle and served as a Huddle Leader from 2003-2010 at Sports and Leadership Camps. These experiences hooked me in a life altering way. I have always called FCA camps the "best week of the year" and my high expectations are always met and surpassed (kind of a big deal now that I'm directing the camps so I better do a good job!). Campus huddles, and connected coaches keep that faith in sports growth going throughout the year. God does amazing things through FCA and I am a living example of that.
NW WI Area Representative
I’m proud to be an Eau Claire native. Part of my story is the typical “Christian kid” story; attended a Christian elementary school, middle school, and yes even high school. I told myself I was done with being a stereotypical, sheltered Christian kid which I think caused God to laugh because four year later I graduated from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul with a degree in youth ministry. Nice sense of humor God.
The next group of years were sort of me wandering through the proverbial desert, searching for that job or ministry that would allow me to use my passions to change and impact the world. (Side note, I’m also a pretty stereotypical/textbook millennial.) I worked several jobs and started a variety of side-projects none of which amounted to anything significant.
I began as a volunteer with Fellowship of Christian Athletes during the 2012-2013 school year. I remember going to speak to a small group of 8 student athletes at a local high school. Fast forward 4 years and I’ve been fortunate enough to become involved with several middle schools, high schools, and attended numerous camps using all those skills, talents, and passions I cultivated during my desert wandering years. Again, God has a pretty good sense of humor in how He works out all the random pieces that don’t seem to make sense into a pretty great picture. I’ve been incredibly blessed and humbled to see God’s hand of provision both on my life personally, and on the ministry of FCA and its Kingdom impact on the lives of students, athletes, and coaches.