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-- Baseball Chapel Leadership --

Staff

Baseball Chapel is an international ministry recognized by Major and Minor League Baseball and is responsible for the appointment and oversight of all team chapel leaders.

VINCE NAUSS - President
Appointed on December, 1995 and on the board of directors beginning in 1993. He is a licensed minister. Earned a degree in Sports Administration in 1980 and embarked on a career in baseball management including working for a minor league team (Texas League), Major League Baseball and Publicity Director, Philadelphia Phillies.

ROB CROSE - Ministry Operations
Joined staff in February 2004. Created and maintains the Baseball Chapel website and manages the operations of the ministry. He earned degrees in Religious Education and Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a licensed minister.

LATINO MINISTRIES (Latin American and stateside ministry)
CALI MAGALLANES - Joined staff in December, 2003. Began with Baseball Chapel in 2001 on a part-time basis. Now directs all ministry in Mexico and also serves as the Chapel Minister to the New York Mets. Graduated from the Master's Bible College with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies and was ordained in 1995.

GIO LLERENA - Joined staff in September, 2005. Serves as the Chapel Minister to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and directs all ministry in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Spent four years as a Youth Pastor and Spanish Minister prior to joining Baseball Chapel and is ordained. Holds a degree in Business from Clearwater Christian College.

DISCIPLESHIP AND CHAPLAIN TRAINING
STEVE SISCO - Joined staff in October, 2005. Serves as the Chapel Leader to the Cincinnati Reds. He accepted Christ as Savior 1994 while playing in the minor leagues. Played professional baseball from 1992-2001 prior to entering ministry as Minister to Students at Urbancrest Baptist Church where he was ordained.

KEVIN EDELBROCK - Joined staff March 1, 2011. Serves as Chapel Leader to the Houston Astros. Prior to joining Baseball Chapel he was on staff at River Pointe Church after spending eight years as a Young Life Area Director. Graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon with a double major in Sports Medicine and Religious Studies. Earned a Master of Theology Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Is ordained and licensed.

PART TIME STAFF

LISA WESTON AND COLLEEN ENDRES coordinate the Women?s and Children?s ministry throughout the Major and Minor Leagues.

WES HAMILTON, a former minor league umpire, assists with our ministry to the umpires.

MARIANNE D?ALONZO is the Office Administrator.


Baseball Chapel Board of Directors

DON CHRISTENSEN serves as Treasurer and was elected to the board in 2000 and is a Partner with Ronald Blue and Company.

GREG GROH was elected to the board in 1997 and is President of an organization which trains leaders around the world.

DAVE HOWARD was elected to the board in 1996 and is Vice President, Business and General Counsel for the New York Mets.

VINCE NAUSS joined the board in 1993 and serves as the President. He has worked for the Baseball Commissioner's Office and the Phillies.

BILL SAMPEN was elected to the board in 1996 after retiring as a major league pitcher and is on staff at a church in Indiana.

WALT WILEY has served as a member of the Board since 1993. He is President of Winning With Encouragement and is former chapel leader with the Atlanta Braves.

In Memorium

WATSON SPOELSTRA led the ministry from its inception in 1973 until 1982. He was presented with the Commissioner's Trophy by Bowie Kuhn at the 1982 World Series to mark his contribution to baseball. "Waddy" went to his heavenly home on July 20, 1999 at the age of 89.

DAVE SWANSON served as Baseball Chapel's Executive Director after Watson Spoelstra retired until 1995 when he suffered a stroke. Dave went home to the Lord on February 11, 2001 at the age of 74.


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