Ryan Adams, Area Director, Young Life
Ryan is married to his beautiful wife Lauren. They moved to Southern California two years ago. Ryan has been an Area Director with Young Life for the past 8 years. They have a baby boy due in July. Ryan loves the outdoors, golf, hunting, fishing, as well as is a devoted fan of the Washington Redskins.
Aaron Baddeley, PGA Player
Born in New Hampshire, his family moved back to Australia when Aaron was two years old. He was introduced to golf at age eight by his grandmother, Jean Baddeley. Hobbies include spending time with his wife and two daughters, fitness, sports, reading, go-karting and fishing. If he weren't a professional golfer, he says he would have become a preacher, telling people about The Word.
John Byard, College Director, Young Life
John has worked as Director of Young Life College in the San Diego and Western Division for four years and has been on staff with Young Life for 17 years. He and his wonderful wife, Jen, are blessed with their children: Lincoln, Ben and Harrison.
Jonathan Byrd, PGA Player
His father, Jim, who died from brain cancer in 2009, introduced Jonathan and brother, Jordan, to golf at age three. Older brother, Jordan, is an assistant golf coach at Clemson. He caddied for Jordan in the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Jordan has occasionally caddied for his brother at PGA Tour events. College teammates at Clemson with Tour players Lucas Glover, Charles Warren and D.J. Trahan.
Marty Caldwell, Sr. Vice President, Young Life International
Marty is currently senior vice president for Young Life: Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has been on staff with Young Life for 33 years. He and his wife, Susan, were married in 1978 and have three adult children and two grandkids.
Alex Casebeer, Businessman, Salem, Oregon
Alex was born and raised in Oregon and lives there now with his wife, Ashley. They are expecting their first child in September. Alex has been a competitive golfer for most of his life and loves connecting with the PGA Tour through the Devotional. He is constantly trying to better integrate Jesus and work, and learning a lot each day.
Ryan Church, Director, UPC Ministries
Ryan has worked with college students in Seattle for over a decade, currently serving as the Sr. Director of University Ministries at University Presbyterian Church. He has a degree from the University of Washington in communications and an M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary. Ryan is a golfer, and has also competed in triathlons and several marathons. He and his wife, Julie (Mark Wilson's sister), have two red-headed, little boys under age three.
Stewart Cink, PGA Player
Stewart took up the game of golf when his parents, single-digit handicappers, left him at driving range before he was old enough to go on the course. He married young, was a husband and a father while still at Georgia Tech. He is a member of East Lake Golf Course, which is host venue of the Tour Championship. Stewart is a big Atlanta Thrashers hockey fan, and is an outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking, camping, biking and skiing.
Ben Crane, PGA Player
Ben has played professional golf on the PGA Tour for 11 years now, which is a childhood dream come true. As Ben's career has developed, he has enjoyed many opportunities to share his faith with others. The platform golf has given him to encourage others has been exciting and rewarding. One of Ben's favorite verses is Ephesians 3:20, because he has seen how God has given him so much more than he ever imagined, a life full of purpose and meaning and a profession that challenges him mentally and physically. Ben is a devoted husband to Heather and father to three young children.
Heather Crane, Wife of PGA Player, Ben Crane
With a degree in accounting, Heather manages many aspects of Ben's career as well as traveling to most tournaments with their three young children. Heather has a heart for giving back, utilizing the platform that professional golf has given them. Heather has a passion to speak up for the victims of child sex trafficking and has served on the Board of Love 146 for seven years. Jeremiah 22:16 gives her inspiration to defend the cause of the poor and needy, especially those oppressed and exploited for sex.
Tim Crane, Businessman, Portland, Oregon
I am Ben Crane's older brother. No, I am not the golfer.
Rob Crawford, Regional Director, Young Life
Rob is a Regional Director for Young Life in the Gold Coast and Central California Region. Rob was raised in Oregon and now resides in Santa Barbara, California where he regularly tries to break 100 on several beautiful golf courses. Rob is married to Kim, and has two little boys, Luke and Sam. Rob is an unofficially one of Ben Crane's groupies, and also an Oregon Duck fan. His son Luke, a lefty, is now a huge Bubba Watson fan.
Brent Cunningham, Regional Director, Young Life
Brent is the regional director for Alaska Young Life. His family moved to Alaska in the summer of 2001 to start Young Life in Sitka. What a journey following Jesus. He gets to follow all the Pros on the Tour every week. "Thanks for being a “light.” May God continue to capture your hearts as you play For Him and with Him."
Neal Eckerlin, Area Director, San Diego
Neil is an Area Director for Young Life in San Diego for the past six years. Has been involved with Young Life for over 13 years, first as a Young Life kid and now as full time staff. Neal hopes to encourage kids and others in Christ, through His grace and truth.
Kevin Edelbrock, Baseball Chapel Director
Born in Oregon, Kevin grew up in Santa Barbara. He attended Willamette University where he played football and baseball. He graduated in 1997 with a B.S. in Sports Medicine and Religious Studies, then began working for Young Life. Kevin passed on a chance to play in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system in favor of working for Young Life. He and wife, Rebakah, live in Houston with their three kids: Kaley, Avery and Grant. Kevin was pastor of Connections at River Pointe Church for six years then accepted a position with Baseball Chapel (pro baseball's church). Kevin has served the Houston Astros through Baseball Chapel as their Chaplain since 2005. He has a heart and calling for men's ministry and the challenges that all men go through in our culture.
John Franklin, Sr. Vice Present, Young Life Western Division
John and his wife Staci (of 29 years) live in Portland, Oregon where John serves as the Senior Vice President for Young Life in the Western Division. They have three sons: Brad (24), Mark (21) and Mitchell (19). John has been on the Young Life staff for 32 years after graduating from University Oregon. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Hanson, Young Life International
Jamie serves as Young Life’s Development Director in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He played golf at University of Oregon alongside PGA tour pro Ben Crane and his caddy, Joel Stock.
Chris Herb, College Young Life Director, Corvallis
A graduate of South Salem High School, Chris started working with Eugene Young Life in 1996 after graduating from the University of Oregon with a BA in Psychology. In 1998, he and his wife, Jamie, moved to Salem where Chris oversaw the Young Life ministry for Salem, Keizer, and surrounding rural areas. In 2005, Chris was asked to move to Corvallis to revitalize the Mid-Valley Young Life Ministry. Currently, Chris oversees Young Life in Linn, Benton and Lane Counties. Chris is a certified life coach, is the head tennis coach at Crescent Valley High School, and enjoys pre-marital counseling with engaged couples alongside his wife, Jamie. Chris and Jamie have been married for 13 years and have 4 children.
Lee Janzen, PGA Player
Lee began to take golf seriously at age 14 after his family moved to Florida from Maryland, where he played Little League baseball. He is still an avid Baltimore Orioles fan. Lee won his first tournament at age 15 as member of Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association. He partners with Feed The Children for food drives at various Tour events.
Zach Johnson, PGA Player
Zach began playing golf at age ten. He lists his father and mother among his heroes. Zach is a huge Drake University and University of Iowa sports fan. The gallery at BellSouth Classic at his first Tour victory included a group of about ten men from Iowa who gave him financial support early in his career, When heavy rains caused flooding in the Midwest in the summer of 2008, Zach stepped up to help. He served as the spokesman on a public service announcement and held a one-day golf event in Cedar Rapids, IA, that raised $350,000. He was instrumental, along with Jerry Kelly, in starting the PGA Tour Flood Relief effort, which donated approximately $125,000 to the cause. In July of 2010, Zach announced formation of the Zach Johnson Foundation to benefit children in need in the Greater Cedar Rapids area.
William Kane, PGA Player Caddy
William Kane is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga, where he played basketball. A childhood friend of Webb Simpson, William caddied for Webb on the PGA Tour from 2008-2010. In 2011, William started as the Pastor of Students at Community Bible Church in Savannah, where he oversees and leads the college and high school ministries. He is married to Victoria, and they have a young daughter, Julia.
Tom Lehman, PGA Player
Tom was the 2010 recipient of the Payne Stewart Award which is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart's respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support and his professional presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.
He was also the winner of the 2001 Charles Bartlett Award, given by GWAA for unselfish contributions to golf. He was awarded the first Byron Nelson Prize by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas at the 2007 EDS Byron Nelson Championship Opening Ceremony. The Byron Nelson Prize is awarded to a person or organization in the golf world who exemplifies the ideals of “giving back” that Byron Nelson personified. The Salesmanship Club of Dallas awarded $100,000 to the McKenzie Monks Foundation, an organization that helps kids cope with cancer. Said Lehman about the honor, "I've been inspired in my life by Byron Nelson. He's inspired me to want to be a better golfer but more importantly a better person." Tom has raised several million dollars through his charity tournament in Minneapolis and is involved with "Match Point," a Phoenix program that matches adults with troubled children. He credits marriage with giving him focus to do well on Tour.
Justin Leonard, PGA Player
In late 2001, Justin completed the White Rock Marathon in Dallas in 3 hours, 55 minutes. His wife, Amanda, has run several marathons including the New York City Marathon. He grew up playing at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas with Harrison Frazar, his roommate at the University of Texas.
Davis Love III, PGA Player
Davis' father was a highly regarded golf teacher who died in a plane crash in 1988. Davis III was born shortly after his father contended at the 1964 Masters. He wrote the book Every Shot I Take to honor his dad's lessons and teachings on golf and life. The book received the 1997 USGA International Book Award. Davis conducts a charity event to benefit Safe Harbour. His brother, Mark, has caddied for him and is also involved in golf course design. Davis was inducted into University of North Carolina Order of Merit in 1997, was named honorary chairman for PGA of America's National Golf Day in June 1998 and was iInducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in Augusta in January 2001. He owns and raises horses in a seven-stall barn at home. Daughter, Lexie, is a nationally ranked competitive rider in the adult division on Paso Fino horses.
Andrew McQitty, Doctor of Ministry
Dr. McQuitty is husband to Alice and father to Julie, Elizabeth, Bonnie, Jonathan and Jeffrey. and, grandpa to Drew and Madeline.
Andy is an avid reader, golfer, and writer; but his favorite pastime is spent with his family.
He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois and of Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1997, receiving the C. Sumner Wemp Award in personal evangelism as well as the John G. Mitchell Award for outstanding scholarship and effectiveness in ministry. He has served as Sr. Pastor at Irving Bible Church since 1987.
Ruth Moody, Wife of PGA Tour Chaplain, Larry Moody
Larry Moody has been traveling to PGA Tour tournaments for 32 years as chaplain to the tour players and their families. He and his wife, Ruthie have been traveling together with the tour for the last 12 years. He also is the president of Search Ministries, an organization committed to answering the questions that people have about Christianity and equipping the layperson to be able to answer those questions as well. Search has staff in 28 cities in the States. Larry and Ruthie have 4 grown children, 2 more they claim by marriage and 6 wonderful grandchildren with one more due this year.
John Olinger, United Way, Salem, Oregon
John Olinger has spent the last year working as a project manager for the United Way. Prior to that, John did three tours with Athletes in Action, and spent two years playing basketball overseas. The majority of that time was spent in the United Kingdom, but also included short stints in Israel and Spain. His experience in Israel was foundational in helping him to learn more about walking with Jesus. When John has free time, he enjoys traveling, writing and spending time with people. He can be reached by email at: email@example.com, or at his blog: www.likemeonlydifferent.blogspot.com.
AJ Pitkin, Area Director, Young Life
AJ has been a Young Life Area Director in San Diego for five years. He's passionate about creatively sharing the truth of the Gospel and walking alongside teenage students through their formable years. Although he loves hitting the links, he admits to being barely a bogey golfer. "This Devotional is the closest to the pros I'll ever get!"
Gary Randle, Executive Director, HOPE Farm
Gary is the executive director of H.O.P.E. Farm, a Fort Worth, Texas-based outreach program whose mission is to provide at risk boys aged 4-7 years old an opportunity to know Jesus Christ and develop life skills consistent with Biblical truths. Gary is a retired police officer and graduate of Texas Christian University.
Scott Schimmel, InterVarsity, San Diego
Scott is the Faith@Work ministry specialist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in San Diego. Previously, he served as an Area Director for InterVarsity, a faith-based leadership development program on college campuses. He specialized in leading entrepreneurial ministry teams on diverse campuses. He also serves as a leadership consultant and coach for churches, non-profits and for-profit organizations. He has a degree in accounting, real estate and finance from the University of San Diego. He lives in Rancho Bernardo with his wife, son and daughter and attends the Presbyterian Church.
Eric Scofield, Senior Regional Director, Young Life
Eric is the Senior Regional Director for Southcoast Young Life. He resides in San Diego with his wife and two boys. Eric is friends with Ben, and is the person who first conceptualized the "Players Devotional" which is in its third year. Eric can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Stallings, PGA Player
Scott spent his rookie season in 2011 blogging for BNET, the CBS Interactive Business Network. His biggest thrill in golf was teaching the sport to wounded veterans in the Army. His favorite course is Diamond Creek in Banner Elk, NC, and would like to play Augusta National. Fun Facts: He never travels without a pillow from home and his iPod, his first car was a 1992 Honda Accord and he now drives a Honda Element. His favorite college team is the Tennessee Volunteers, and he roots for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and New England Patriots. He lists his father, grandfather and college coach as the men he would like to have join him for a dream round of golf..Says if he wasn't a professional golfer he'd want to be a pediatrician. Scott puts spending a month with his wife in Australia and New Zealand on his bucket list. He is involved in the Wounded Warrior Project, along with Pray with Africa and Knoxlife Church. He has one sister and he has spent time as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp counselor.
Skip Stock, Father of Joel Stock, Ben Crane
Skip is the father of Joel Stock, Ben Crane's caddie. He has been in the ministry for over 40 years. He lives in Sweet Home, Oregon with his wife, Sylvia, where they help pastor Riverside Christian Church.
Courtney Streelman, Wife of PGA Player, Kevin Streelman
Courtney and Kevin met in 2004, and were married in 2008. Although she grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the sport of swimming took her to the University of Miami and Arizona State University, where she competed as a collegiate swimmer. She received her degree in finance from ASU, as well as her MBA in 2008. Courtney enjoys traveling with Kevin and managing a few small businesses they own. She is an avid football fan, and she enjoys playing the drums, sewing, and fostering rescue dogs.
Cameron Tringale, PGA Player
Cameron has a younger sister and an older brother, Jon, who played college golf at San Jose State. His favorite course is Augusta National and he wants to play Pine Valley. He never travels without his computer. His favorite college team is Georgia Tech and his favorite professional team is the Los Angeles Lakers. He lists favorite TV show as "How I Met your Mother," and favorite movie as "Dumb & Dumber." Favorite book is Pillars of the Earth. Favorite food is Chocolate chip cookies. Favorite athlete to watch is Shawn White. Favorite cities to visit are San Francisco and New York. His dream foursome includes his Larry David, Kevin James and Jim Carrey and his favorite vacation spot is any snowboarding destination. Growing up, Cameron wanted to become an actor. He cites making the winning putt to win the 2009 Walker Cup his biggest thrill in golf. His bucket list includes skydiving and running a marathon. Charity involvement includes Food for the Hungry, an organization that provides food for those affected in natural disasters.
Kevin Streelman, PGA Player
Upon graduating from Duke University in 2001, most of his friends headed for Wall Street or law school. Streelman used his mom's Nissan Altima to travel to South Dakota for the 2001 Dakotas Tour. Burned out three cars logging in more than 300,000 miles criss-crossing the country while playing various Tours.
Gary Thomas, Writer
Gary Thomas is Writer in Residence and serves on the teaching team at Second Baptist Church in Houston Texas. He has written 15 books that have been translated into a dozen languages. These books include Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?, The Sacred Search: What If It’s Not About Who We Marry, but Why?, Sacred Pathways, and the Gold Medallion award winner Authentic Faith. Gary has been a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and Family Life Today, and he holds a Master's degree in theology from Regent College, as well as an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Western Seminary. He is an avid runner who has completed 11 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 3 times.
Skip Tschantz, Businessman, San Diego
Skip is married to Jan, his life partner of 46 years. They reside in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and spend several months a year at their home in Hamilton, Montana. They have four children and 13 grandchildren. Skip is the President of Diversified Property Group, Inc., a commercial real estate acquisition, development and asset management company located in San Diego.
Todd Wagner, Pastor, Watermark Church
Todd is the founding Pastor of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas, and wants nothing more than to be a great husband to his wife, a great Dad to his kids, a great encouragement to his friends and to live in great dependance on the Lord.
Angie Watson, Wife of PGA Tour Player Bubba Watson
Bubba isn't the only star athlete in the Watson household. Canadian-born wife Angie was not only a great basketball player in Canada, but she eventually took her talents to the University of Georgia to play on the women's basketball team. After graduating college, she played in the WNBA after a few stints overseas (Italy), however, her career was derailed by a series of injuries. The 6'4" Angie retired from basketball and would eventually become Bubba's manager for a period of time. Raised in a very religious household, Angie and Bubba met while in college at University of Georgia and were married in 2004. The couple adopted their son, Caleb, March 26, 2012.
Bubba Watson, PGA Tour Player
Bubba, 2012 Masters Champion, is a self-taught player who learned the game by hitting wiffle balls around his house. "The house was probably an acre and a half yard with big trees, downtown Bagdad (Fla). I'd draw a big circle in the dirt driveway, and that would be my hole, a 5-foot circle. I'd go around it to the left and then I'd go around it to the right. So I learned to cut it. If you know about wiffle balls or plastic balls, they're hard to cut. Then I learned to hook it the other way, hit it high over limbs, hit it low under limbs. I'd play non-stop every day from 6 to 12 years old. Instead of playing with trucks out in the yard, I'd play with a ball and a club." Watson and his wife, Angie, adopted their son (Caleb) on March 26, 2012.
Chad Watson, International Fellowship, Oregon
Chad is a consultant working with non-profits and ministry organizations throughout the West coast. He also serves with the Baseball Chapel as the chaplain for the minor league baseball team in his hometown of Salem, Oregon.
Amy Wilson, President, PGA Tour Wives Association, Wife of PGA Player, Mark Wilson
Amy Wilson, wife of Mark Wilson, has been involved with the PGA TOUR Wives Association for the past 9 years, serving as President for the last six years. She brings a unique perspective to the Board having worked 5 years as a consultant with Accenture where she specialized in Change Management within the Retail/Merchandise Market Unit. Amy left consulting to start her own small business; turning a hobby of decorative painting into a retail operation which allows her to continue working while traveling with her husband on the PGA TOUR. Amy is passionate about giving back to the tournament communities that embrace the players and their families year after year. She and Mark have three young sons, aged 5, 2 and 5 months. She received her bachelor's degree in Business at Indiana University in 1999. Amy and Mark have been married since 2005.
Mark Wilson, PGA Player
Mark has two career holes-in-one in competitive rounds, both while playing with TOUR player Doug LaBelle II. He cites Ben Hogan as his hero. In 2006, he donated $30,000 to Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund, the largest single donation by an athlete in charity's history. He made the donation before re-earning his PGA Tour card via Qualifying Tournament. His "Making A Mark Fore MACC" program makes a donation for every cut made and additional funding for every Top-30 finish. Along with his wife, Amy, Mark is heavily involved in the Blessings in a Backpack charitable organization, with a mission of sending needy school children home every weekend with nonperishable food they can eat on Saturday and Sunday.
Mark Young, President, Denver Seminary
Having been a missionary and professor for several years, Mark is now the President of Denver Seminary.