Springfield College FCA Sponsoring Campus Wide Event

Rochester, NY – March 1, 2016 – Springfield College’s FCA and Office of Spiritual Life will be co-hosting an on campus event featuring former NFL player William Green on March 24, 2016. Green will share his inspirational story at 7 PM in the Dodge Room of the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union. http://www.williegreeninspires.com/ The event is free of charge and open to all.

“Springfield’s FCA Huddle was established in the early 1990’s as an outgrowth of a handful of faculty who were meeting off campus for a weekly Bible Study”, according to FCA Advisor, Joel Dearing. Dearing, a 1979 graduate of the college, was at that time coaching men’s and women’s volleyball and teaching undergraduate PE there. “As the faculty group met and their relationships developed, we also began to connect with student-athletes who were looking for a Christian organization. By 1992, the students officially applied with the Student Government to be formally recognized as a student club.  The FCA organization was a natural fit for this club, and with the help of Lane Sharman, a New England FCA staff member, the huddle was established.”

Founded in 1885 as The School for Christian Workers, Springfield College’s roots are grounded in athletics and faith — and it is still one of the greatest physical education schools in the country. Therefore, it seems fitting that God has allowed the college to continue to honor its founders’ original design through FCA’s campus huddle which has been in existence for nearly twenty-five years.

Dearing, who has served in the role of FCA’s Faculty Advisor since the start of the FCA huddle group, describes the involvement of Fouad Faris, an FCA Area Representative in New England for many years, as having a strong impact on the huddle’s growth. “Fouad became intimately committed to our huddle and made numerous trips to our campus. He also spoke at our annual off campus retreat on a yearly basis.  His influence is still felt in the lives he touched, and I believe that a handful of students who have gone on to become pastors and missionaries from our FCA huddle were greatly impacted by Fouad’s friendship, his teaching, and his personal encouragement,” he said.

Leadership training is an area that Dearing has focused on to develop FCA on campus. “We came to a place where eventually it was standard operating procedure for me to have monthly Officer’s meetings and I think this has been a very healthy approach. A good number of other faculty, administrators and staff over the years have also come alongside and supported the students.”

According to Dearing there have been key supporters that have contributed to the huddle growth over the years: “Our men’s lacrosse coach, Keith Bugbee, has been a very supportive faculty member who was also from the original faculty Bible study group. His support to the students involved has been significant.” Other support has come from David McMahon, Springfield’s Director of Spiritual Life. “David has totally supported the FCA group, as he does with all religious groups on campus, and his help has been instrumental in organizing the upcoming William Green event,” Dearing said.

In 2010, Dearing ended his thirty year coaching career to take on his current full-time teaching position as Program Director of the Athletic Administration graduate program. He looks forward to working with Dan Barnes, who has recently joined staff as FCA’s Central and Western Massachusetts Area Director.


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.