Area RepresentativeSupport Michael
Area Representative, Northern & Western Maine
FCA Area Representative Michael Mendonca is passionate about sharing Christ to and through the world of sports. As a longtime coach and endurance athlete, Mendonca has seen what God can do on the field and off when hearts are surrendered to Him, and he is now focusing on spreading the gospel of Christ in northern and western Maine.
Mendonca first connected with FCA in 2004 while coaching the Satellite High School boys cross country team in Satellite Beach, Florida. After he watched his team hold a prayer circle before a meet, he felt compelled to start a group that would “promote Christ in competitive sports.” Instead of starting from scratch, he researched Christian sports ministries and found FCA. He began serving as a Huddle Coach and continued his involvement when he relocated to Maine.
Professionally, Mendonca has held many roles in the fitness industry. After earning his BS in Behavioral Science from the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), he went on to earn certification both as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. In 1985, he began his career by becoming a weightlifting instructor at U.S. Health Corporation, Presque Isle, Maine, and soon began establishing and directing corporate wellness programs. In almost two decades since, he has held fitness positions with multiple companies and organizations, including the U.S. Air Force, and has been certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health and Fitness Specialist since 1991.
Shortly after beginning his career, Mendonca also began coaching. In 1987, he served as the high school and junior high nordic skiing coach in Caribou, Maine, helping the team to a county title, and from 1994 to 2000 he coached the women’s cross country team at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He also coached one year at UMFK, two years of high school cross country in Satellite Beach, Florida, and from 2005 to 2012 he held the head nordic skiing team coaching position at Molly Ockett Middle School in Fryeburg, Maine.
As a competitor, Mendonca is a former amateur endurance athlete, holding registered status with U.S. Track and Field from 1983 to 1999. He is a veteran of more than 30 triathlons, 60 marathons—20 of those being Boston Marathons—and one Hawaii World Championship Ironman Triathlon (1996), which is also where he began his spiritual transformation.
“As a competitive athlete for most of my life I knew something was missing,” Mendonca said. “Tangible rewards, selfish training and races, and then giving back by directing races—I still felt empty. Once I gave my life to Christ everything changed. I still compete but I do it to glorify God. I love how FCA promotes this transformation in its creeds and actively tries to fulfill God’s purpose in the athletic perspective.”
In 2011, Mendonca began studying theology through Liberty University’s online graduate program and received his MA in Christian Leadership in 2014. After being ordained and licensed as a pastor, he accepted his current position with FCA and is now using his professional and personal experience and education to build and establish the ministry in Maine.
Mendonca and his wife, Janice, have four children and seven grandchildren and reside in Stow, Maine.