KANSAS CITY, Mo—The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) is announcing that Darlene Johnson has been elected the chair of FCA’s Board of Trustees.
Johnson is the first female African-American board chair and the second female in FCA history to lead the board. Her two-year term begins Jan. 1, 2020, and she previously served FCA as the vice chair of the board.
“The Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Board of Trustees is blessed to be led by a chair who has faithfully served the ministry and has a passion for the vision and mission of FCA,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “Darlene Johnson is also a coach’s wife who understands the significant influence coaches have on athletes, as well as the challenges coaching can bring to a marriage, family and home. We celebrate Darlene’s contributions to FCA and her community and look forward to her leadership.”
Johnson was born and raised in central New Jersey and has an educational background in business and computer systems. She owns and operates a home-based clean beauty business and enjoys encouraging all people, especially women, to grow in the use of their God-given talents. Johnson’s husband, Craig, is in his sixth season as the New York Giants’ running backs coach. They have two adult children, Shelby and Sydney.
“I am humbled and excited to see God’s plan unfold, as He uses me for His glory and to advance the gospel message in FCA through coaches and athletes,” Johnson said. “I love sports, and I love seeing people from all walks of life come to faith in Christ! It’s a rich blessing to be involved in sports ministry and a ministry that has impact all over the world. I will work hard to represent this ministry with commitment, excellence and integrity.”
Johnson added that the Bible verses Colossians 2:6-7 have been ministry verses for her since 2006, as well as confirmation that her new role at FCA is the path God has chosen for her in this season of life and ministry: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Bruce Williams served as Chair of the FCA Board of Trustees for 2018-19 and handed over the gavel to Johnson during a ceremony at last month’s board meeting.
“I am thrilled that Darlene Johnson will serve as the next chairman of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Board of Trustees and, historically, as the first African-American woman to be chair,” Williams said. “We are so excited to see how God will use Darlene, and we thank her for her servant’s heart and her willingness to serve at this important time for the ministry.”
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