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Fellowship of Christian Athletes restarts at UC


Williamsburg, Ky. – Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) held its second meeting since restarting on University of the Cumberlands (UC) campus on March 5, 2014. Athletes can fellowship and worship together in the cafeteria atrium on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Cory Crabtree (Somerset, Ky.), a sophomore and football player at UC, along with Ethan Lake (Berea, Ky.), also a sophomore and football player, wanted to restart FCA at UC since it has been dormant for the past two years.

There are so many athletes on campus and we wanted a way to reach out to them because God laid it on our hearts,” said Crabtree.

At the FCA meetings, a student band leads worship and a speaker with an athletic background, who can easily relate to the athletes at UC, speaks to encourage them in their walk with God.

Flyers and social media are a couple of ways that they get the word out about the FCA meetings. Crabtree said that it’s mostly by word of mouth and that a personal relationship is better than a mass message.

“Ultimately, the goal is for people to come to Christ,” Crabtree said. “So many athletes and teams could be on fire for God and use their platform to glorify God.

UC’s Head Football Coach, Matt Rhymer, had a great experience with FCA his senior year of college and then after college as well. He said it’s important for students to grow in the Spirit with others around them who have the same desire. This will help them become great leaders.

“It’s a good culture for athletes to come together in fellowship and worship. FCA is near and dear to my heart so I want to support and advocate for it,” said Rhymer.

Crabtree, Lake, and Rhymer encourage all students, athlete or non, to attend.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

Article Provided by Lydia Huggins, Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant