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CHARACTER COACH INTERVIEW // Colton Townley

GEORGE JENKINS - Varsity Football Team

There is nothing better than seeing a program do exactly what it was created to do. Especially when the end result is life change. I am a local high school pastor who loves students and loves sports. Naturally, FCA is perfect for me. They gave me the opportunity through the Grab Your Cleats ministry model, to serve as the Character Coach for the George Jenkins football team this year. I get to hang with the team after practices and pray for them before games. I only knew a couple of the guys before becoming part of the team, so I focused on purely building relationships with them. I didn’t mention my church or my youth ministry, just that I was a local pastor who was here for them, whatever they needed. The hope was that eventually they would feel connected to me enough to ask me what I did and where I was from. 

Three weeks ago, the team had a bye week and our head coach asked if I would come and speak to the team before practice. I got there early, chilled with the guys in the locker room, and then eventually gave them a 10-minute talk. When I finished, one of the captains and leaders of the team asked me what church I was from in front of the entire team and what time my youth group meets. 

That next week, Terry Green, the Greater Lakeland FCA Director and a dear friend, was schedule to preach on Wednesday night to my youth group. My connection with FCA started when Terry came to me saying, let’s work together! After the service, a new student named Brandon came up to us and said that he had given his heart to the Lord. Any time that happens, it’s an incredibly special moment, but what was so amazing about this particular moment, is that Brandon plays on the GJ football team. He came to church for the first time that night because he heard me talk about it on Friday at practice, an opportunity created by FCA. It was so encouraging for both Terry and I to see the Character Coach vision become a reality. 

The mission of FCA is the same as the mission of the church, the only difference is the method. But I am a big believer, and this story is proof, that sometimes it takes more than one method to fulfill the same mission. And that is the beauty of the partnership between FCA and the church, because when we work together, we get to see a program do exactly what it was created to do. And more importantly, we get to watch God do exactly what only He can do. 


Campuses We Serve

 

All Saints Academy

 
 

Auburndale High

 
 

Avon Park High

 
 

Avon Park Middle

 
 

Bartow High

 
 

Bartow Middle

 
 

Berkley Accl. Middle

 
 

Bok Academy

 
 

Boone Middle

 
 

Clewiston High

 
 

Clewiston Middle

 
 

Crystal Lake Middle

 
 

Desoto High

 
 

Desoto Middle

 
 

Fort Meade

 
 

Frostproof Middle-Senior

 
 

Florida Southern College

 
 

George Jenkins

 
 

Haines City High

 
 

Hardee Junior High

 
 

Hardee Senior High

 
 

Harrison

 
 

Hill Gustat

 
 

Kathleen Middle

 
 

Kathleen Senior High

 
 

LaBelle Middle School

 
 

Labelle Senior High

 
 

Lake Alfred Addair Middle

 
 

Lake Gibson High

 
 

Lake Gibson Middle

 
 

Lake Placid High

 
 

Lake Placid Middle

 
 

Lake Region High

 
 

Lake Wales High

 
 

Lakeland Christian

 
 

Lakeland High

 
 

Lakeland Highlands Middle

 
 

Lawton Chiles Middle

 
 

McKeel Academy

 
 

McLaughlin Middle

 
 

Moore Haven High

 
 

Moore Haven Middle

 
 

Mulberry High

 
 

Okeechobee High

 
 

Okeechobee Middle

 
 

Polk State College

 
 

Ridge Community High

 
 

Santa Fe Catholic

 
 

Sebring High

 
 

Sebring Middle

 
 

Sleepy Hill Middle

 
 

Tenoroc High

 
 

Traviss Technical College

 
 

Victory Christian Academy

 
 

Warner Universtiy

 
 

Webber University

 
 

Winter Haven Christian

 
 

Winter Haven Middle