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About Our Mission and Vision

"For some time, I have had the idea of forming an organization of athletes and coaches in this hero-worshipping nation of ours. If athletes can endorse shaving cream, razors, and cigarettes, surely they can endorse the Lord, too. So my idea is to form an organization that would project you as Christian men before the youth and athletes of our nation." 

- Don McClenan in his 1954 letters to nineteen athletes in starting up the charter organization.

To understand the vision and mission of FCA, specifically for our Western Wyoming area, it helps to know a little more about our history and the team effort to make FCA's sports ministry for athletes, coaches, and the God's kingdom the reality and presence it is today.  

Keep reading below about Wyoming FCA, Western FCA and FCA as a whole legacy... 


Potential FCA Impact 

34,000 Athletes & Coaches        

120 Campuses     

70 Towns

Wyoming FCA became officially organized in 1989 with the hiring of its first staff member, Jim Hamilton. However, the underpinning of FCA had already begun with a handful of coaches and teachers in Wyoming faithfully leading huddles on their own. 

Their commitment to their schools, athletes and Lord certainly laid important groundwork for the later, continued development of Wyoming FCA. For that, we are incredibly blessed and thankful for those volunteers. 

Over the course of 30 years, Wyoming Fellowship of Christian Athletes would strengthen and grow to reach every corner of our square state, under Jim Hamilton and his dedicated staff and then, later under Ernie Mecca and his committed team. Currently, Wyoming FCA is taking an exciting direction towards two multi-are directors: Jim Hamilton with Western Wyoming FCA and Ernie Mecca with Eastern Wyoming FCA

Meet Wyoming FCA TEAM Now Serving:


Ernie Mecca - Eastern Wyoming Multi-Area Director 

Jim Hamilton- Western Wyoming Multi-Area Director  

Aaron and Stacy Frude - University of Wyoming Director  

Cameron Groteluschen - Powder River Basin Staff 

Cody Bordewyk - Laramie County Staff 



Potential FCA Impact

12, 242 Athletes 

1,004+ Coaches

43 Huddles 

30 Communities, 26 High schools, 26 Middle schools, 3 Community Colleges

For our area, we have a specific vision and mission for Fellowship of Christian Athletes that centers around the unique geography of our region, demographics and population needs.

As the Multi-Area Director of Western Wyoming FCA, Jim Hamilton envisions a strong FCA community, connected by the stories of transformation and teamwork in Christ. Also certified as a 3D Coach, Jim sees the new vision and strategy of FCA "to and through the coach" as vital part of effectively serving his area and continuing FCA as a sustainable sports ministry and coaches ministry


Jim Hamilton - Western Wyoming FCA Multi-Area Director 


113,470  Camp Attendees 

17,783 Certified Huddles 

62 Countries 

In the beginning, Don McClanen saw the potential impact athletes and coaches could have on youth and athletes and ultimately, our communities and culture.  He was diligent in pursing this vision. 

Under FCA's founding fathers (Dr. Louis R. Evans, Dr. Roe Johnston, Don McClanen and Branch Ricky) Fellowship of Christian Athletes ebcame an official charter on November 10, 1954 in Norman, Oklahoma. Then, two years later, the first FCA conference, i.e. camp in Estes Park, Colorado took place with a few hundred attendees. 

Since then, FCA has expanded to include 62 countries, 113,470 camp attendees, and 17,783 certified huddles. More than the numbers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes has grown from an organization to living community of members who love sport and love Jesus. In fact, this has been happening for over 60 years now!  

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First FCA Camp in 1956