Get to know the Northwestern Wisconsin FCA Staff
3D Coaching & International
I’ve had the privilege of serving on staff with FCA since September, 1988 or since our NW WI Campus Ministry Director Andrew Draper was in diapers! My roots in FCA go back to 1980 when the captain on my wrestling team invited me to attend the local FCA Huddle. The first meeting I went to there were 12 students and a church custodian who told me that they had been praying for me. They had been praying for two years that a Christian coach would come to the school and get involved with their FCA. What they got was a coach who became a Christian and I will forever be grateful for their faithful prayers.
Prior to my time on staff with FCA I spent almost 2 ½ years working for World Relief in the Philippines at a Refugee Camp for Laotian, Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees. I met my wife Marcel who was also on staff with World Relief and our oldest daughter was born in Manila. When they tell you missions experience changes your life I’ll vouch for that!
I got to do a lot of sports growing up but the sport that my three brothers and I were most involved in was wrestling, competing and coaching from Jr. High to College. Over the past few years I’ve been privileged to reconnect nationally with the wrestling community as I’ve been asked to do coaching clinics for USA Wrestling around the country.
Marcel and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this year. Our oldest daughter Alleli now attends Visible Music College in Memphis, TN. She plays numerous instruments and has a passion for worship through music. Andrea is attending Law School at my alma mater UW-Madison and our son Ariel is finishing up his undergrad at UW-Green Bay planning on going to grad school to be a school counselor.
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. I work mainly with NW WI campus huddles and our summer camps.
Family: I married my sweetheart, Cassie, in June of 2010 and we now live in Altoona 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, basketball, and track in Eau Claire... and am always up for impromptu games of football, basketball, softball etc!
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. 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 Field Representative
I grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and attended Eau Claire North High School, and graduated in 2009. After graduation I went directly into the Air Force, and spent 3.5 years in Omaha Nebraska as a cook for the Air Force. When I came back I started to volunteer for FCA, and came on staff in February of 2014.
Family: I married my high school sweetheart, Courtney in June of 2014.
Sports: In high school I played football, baseball, and powerlifting. I now coach at football at North High School, as well as play softball and flag football in my free time.
FCA's pull on me: FCA perfectly fits my passion for two things in my life. Jesus and sports. Sports had always been a huge part of my life growing up. I saw firsthand how the power of sports could influence a young person both positively and negatively. When I was in the Air Force I found my passion for Jesus, and when I came back to Eau Claire it was a perfect fit. FCA provided me an opportunity to share Jesus and His saving message with the people I connected with most, athletes. It has been a blessing everyday getting to serve this ministry and I can’t wait to continue for a long time.
NW WI Office Assistant
I grew up in Southwest Wisconsin, graduated from Dodgeville High School, and then attended MATC in Madison. I have lived in Eau Claire for 38 years.
Family: My husband Mark and I have been married for 30 years. I spent 18 years home schooling our children through the grade school years. Our five children are now adults and we have three grandchildren.
Sports: I enjoy biking, hiking and snowshoeing. Our children were involved in soccer, cross country, and tennis throughout middle school and high school.
FCA’s pull on me: Our family’s involvement with FCA began when our kids joined the FCA huddles at Eau Claire Delong and South Middle Schools and Memorial High School. FCA was a place where our kids could be influenced to grow in their relationships with Christ. The huddles were also a place our kids could take on leadership roles and influence other student athletes for Christ. Our kids also attended FCA sports and leadership camps. I volunteered for FCA banquets and events for several years and then came on staff in July, 2004.
One of the most exciting parts of the FCA year is seeing the number of kids who go to camp and hearing how, through camp experience are impacted for Christ.