Devoted Christian Leaders Help Build RPI’s Campus Ministry

ROCHESTER, NY – February 25, 2016 – The power of relationship has driven the growth of FCA’s ministry on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) campus. Scott Rock, RPI’s Campus Director, credits the growth to the friendship and consistent leadership of senior hockey players Travis Fulton and Jason Kasdorf.

“It was a divine meeting when I met Travis and Jason four years ago to discuss their involvement with FCA on campus. They were ‘wet behind the ear freshmen’ … and over time we developed a strong relationship. Since Travis and Jason have come on campus our huddle has gone from a small group of students doing a sports study, to a group of 60 doing a full blown church service weekly,” Rock said.

The seniors, who share a passion for hockey and God, also share Canadian brotherhood with Fulton hailing from Oakville, ON and Kasdorf a Winnipeg, MB native. It was when they were paired together as roommates freshman year that the story begins.

“Travis and I started going to FCA together as freshmen. The hockey team had gotten letters in their stalls, and since we were both believers we decided to check it out. At first, there were about ten people attending, but as our relationship with Scott developed, and he began doing more with FCA on campus we began to take on a leadership role. I am grateful Scott reached out to us early in our freshman year,” Kasdorf said.

Fulton shared how his faith has grown during his RPI years: “Being roommates with Jason was one of the biggest signs that I’ve ever been given from God that He has a plan for me. I went to RPI not sure of what I’d be doing faith-wise, just going along for the ride, with the plan to wait and see what happened.

“But when I was paired with Jason, it solidified for me that God was looking out for me, and that he wanted me to be connected with other believers. God had set the path for me at RPI,” Fulton said.

Fulton acknowledges Rock’s friendship and mentoring with empowering him to take on a leadership role with FCA on the campus. “Initially, I had doubts about leading a group on campus, as I had my own personal struggles, but Scott encouraged me to step out in faith and take the risk. And, FCA has done wonders in helping me develop confidence in my faith, and insharing my faith and the Word with others.”

Soon Kasdorf and Fulton put together a leadership team, and started to plan with Rock what FCA could look like on campus. “Scott has a lot of wisdom and lives purposefully — he always wants to do more, expand and grow and talk about new ideas for FCA. When we have our leadership team meetings, he is very intentional about coming up with new ideas and trying to further FCA here,” Fulton said.

RPI’s huddle includes representation from a variety of sports teams, including hockey, football, field hockey, softball, track and field, swimming and diving, and soccer. “It is encouraging that there is representation from many different sports, as one of our goals is for the RPI students to grow in their faith and share God’s word with others.

“People in the RPI community deeply crave something like FCA. There are many athletes who get together on the weekend and hit the bars, or the frat parties — just looking for a social outlet. Without something like FCA, there is really no place to get together as a community other than those places where there aren’t the best decisions being made.

“To see the desire the students have to get together and worship and hear God’s word and talk about God with fellow students makes it clear to me that it was in the heart of God for this ministry to expand on this campus as it has. He knows His children and what we desire and He has been so good,” Fulton said.

After the first year, the group had to move their meeting location as they had outgrown the existing space. “It was a major answer to prayer. Another change we implemented was beginning our time together with worship. We used to gather and discuss a devotional, but we transitioned into having speakers and breakout discussion groups. We have a lot of talented people in our group who formed their own worship band. Adding a worship component has been something that everyone enjoys and has contributed to the depth and growth in FCA’s ministry,” Kadsorf said.

After being thrust into leadership roles, and having standout hockey seasons freshmen year – Kasdorf was named goalie of the year and Fulton saw a lot of ice as a walk-on player — the following year would look completely different for the two. Rock details their sophomore year when both were injured: “Though the glory they had both experienced during their freshman year was no more, they continued to encourage the other players and be a light – even when they weren’t getting playing time. It was during that time that FCA became a place where they, too, could be encouraged and use God’s word to help overcome the battles they were each going through.”

With RPI’s hockey team being the only Division I sport on campus, it has been instrumental in fueling the huddle’s growth. “There are many Christians on the hockey team, and when people see our numbers attending the huddles, word-of-mouth spreads FCA’s presence around campus. Even students who aren’t believers will show up to hear a good message, and get to talk with really kind people. Sometimes 40 to 50 people show up, considering the size of our school it amazes me how powerfully God is at work here,” Kasdorf said.

Not only has there been growth with RPI’s FCA family the past four year, but in Kasdorf and Fulton’s personal family lives as well. Kasdorf and his wife expect their first child in May. And Fulton met his future wife — Celia D’Agostino, RPI’s women’s field hockey team captain — during an FCA huddle. “I was giving the message that night, and she has just transferred in from University of Albany. That night she rededicated her life to the Lord. God has used FCA for a lot of different things,” Fulton said. Last summer, the couple was water baptized by Rock at Fulton’s family home on Lake Muskoka – where they will also be married in August 2016.

Rock is working on transitioning new leadership onto FCA’s campus leadership team, now that Kasdorf and Fulton are seniors. “The relationships we have developed are strong and God has blessed us through them, but you also have to know how to let go. There is a foundation of fifty strong now within FCA on RPI — I remember when there was one of us.

“God has blessed us through this ministry… and add to that the blessing of a baby and a couple that will soon marry. To watch these kids increase their love for God– to see them meet their future spouses, to perform their baptisms – it has been the most fulfilling part of what I do,” Rock said.

RPI’s huddle meets every Tuesday at 9:00 pm at the Academy Hall Auditorium.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.