Campus DirectorSupport Zachary
FCA Campus Director – Cornell University
“I long to see coaches and athletes grow in their knowledge of and love for the Bible and affection for Christ, as well as their love for others and for Christ’s Bride, the church,” says new Cornell University Campus Director, Zachary McCulley.
McCulley grew up in Pensacola, Florida and was on the varsity swim team, basketball team and baseball team, in highschool. While attending Cornell University, he played varsity baseball. In 2013, he finished 22nd in the country in ERA and was awarded All-Ivy League 4thteam honors as a pitcher. Graduating in 2015, McCulley was inducted into the Quill and Dagger Senior Honor Society.
After Cornell, McCulley went to work for the Florida House of Representatives as a senior legislative aide. During that time, he began volunteering in the local church as a youth Sunday School teacher and was given the opportunity to preach to inmates at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution.
In 2017, he moved with his family to Louisville, KY. to begin his Master’s in Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While there, he served with the University of Louisville BCM. Later, he heard of the campus director job opening up at Cornell.
McCulley knows first hand from his time as a student at Cornell, that a faithful campus ministry can have a tremendous impact on the lives of students. He and his wife Libby reflected on this opportunity and the Lord’s call. Then, they began to see the urgency to join the labors of those Christians already serving at Cornell. They wanted to edify other believers, build up the church and take Christ to those who don’t know him. The McCulleys were well equipped and eager to begin the task of carrying out this work – specifically to reach Cornell coaches and athletes.
“I think sports ministry is unique in that it has a particular target in mind. I see the benefit of parachurch ministries, in general, as offering additional support to the local church. FCA, by seeking to build up believers and evangelize the lost among those in athletic communities, is providing that support.” McCulley continues, “So often we see Christian motifs used in sports that are very much unbiblical—with promises of prosperity. So, there is a need within the sports community for a biblical, gospel-centered message delivered to athletes and coaches. These two pillars—aiding in the larger mission of the church, and delivering biblical truth to those who need it—is what encourages us most about sports ministry.”
McCulley and his wife look forward to sharing the gospel with those in the athletic community at Cornell and coming alongside Christians striving toward Godliness and deeper faithfulness. They hope to leverage this time to maximize the gospel presence and bring glory to God on the Cornell campus. “We simply want to be faithful to Christ,” McCulley says.
Zachary and Libby live in Ithaca, NY with their little girl, Eleanore. In 2020, he will be starting his PhD in Historical Theology at Queen’s University Belfast. As a family, they love spending time playing sports together, watching movies and eating lots of southern meals! ‘