FBCA Soccer Star Evangelizes to Teammates
Colin McCulloch, class of 2008, has played soccer for many years, but it’s much more than a game to him.
Colin played soccer all four years at FBCA. He was named first team all-district three times (2005, 2007, 2008), second team all-state one time (2005) and first team all-state twice (2007, 2008). He was named to the NSCAA/Adidas scholar all-America team in 2007, and the team went to the state final four in 2005 and 2006.
Colin said that Jay Cappis, former FBCA soccer coach, was a “fantastic” influence.
“Coach Cappis had a strong faith and taught me that the game isn’t worth playing if we aren’t ultimately seeking to do it for God’s glory,” Colin said.
Playing a sport at FBCA made a difference in the athlete's life and helped him grow into the man he is today.
“Playing soccer competitively taught me how to keep going when things get difficult," Colin said. "It also taught me the value of sacrificing my own preferences or recognition for the sake of a team. As a husband and father now, those lessons have hugely benefited me by helping me to be able to sacrifice and work hard for my family.”
McCulloch played soccer in college at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. While at Southwestern, he double majored in psychology and English. He played soccer all four years and had the honor of serving as a team captain his junior and senior years.
“It was a great experience for me and taught me a lot about how to balance a large amount of responsibilities in life,” he said. “Southwestern is NCAA division 3, but even at that level the sport is still very much like a job, and it was very important for me to learn how to prioritize the right things so that I could keep up with my school work while at the same time seeking to do well at my sport.”
Playing a strong game was not his only priority on the soccer team. Colin used his time with his teammates as an opportunity to preach the Christian gospel and declare his faith.
“The majority of the other guys on my team were not Christians, and I had to learn how to work well with them as teammates while also being clear that there were some significant ways that I would be speaking and acting differently than them both on and off the field,” Colin said. “Being open about my faith led to some good conversations, and it provided the groundwork for me to continue to use soccer today as an evangelism tool through playing pick-up games and taking part in local outreach ministries that use soccer as a means of meeting people and engaging them with the gospel.”
Colin's Life Now
A year after McCulloch finished college, he moved to Louisville, KY, to pursue a Master of Divinity (MDiv) at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS). He completed his MDiv in 2016 and is serving as an associate pastor at Farmdale Baptist Church in Louisville. There, he leads a weekly soccer ministry through the church and carries out a number of other responsibilities such as preaching, teaching, counseling and administrative tasks. He is also currently working toward a PhD in biblical counseling at SBTS.
Colin met his wife, Kari, during his first semester in seminary.
“God has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined by allowing me to marry her,” Colin said.
The couple now has two children, Andrew, who is two, and Emma, who is eight months. Kari serves alongside Colin in ministry in many different capacities.