"A Christian sports summit to equip and inspire current and future athletic directors, coaches, and teachers in faith leadership."
Game Changer Summit
Schedule of events:
- 7:30-8:30 a.m. — Check-in and grab-and-go breakfast
- 8:30 a.m. — Welcome and opening — Brandon Huisman
- 8:35 a.m. — Kick-off devotions — Nate Wolf
- 8:45 a.m. — Ron Brown, 2 Kingdoms and 2 Kings
- 9:20 a.m. — Nancy Metcalf, Christian Athletes in a Competitive World
- 9:50 a.m. — Break for refreshments and networking
- 10:10 a.m. — Brian Bolt, We Talking About Practice?
- 10:40 a.m. — Break out sessions
Tara Boer, Mental Health and Your Athletes: What You Should Know
Chad Hanson, Social Media Tips and Traps
Ross Douma, The Parent/Coach Playbook
Joel Penner, Building a Championship Christian Culture
- 11:25 a.m. — Rob Miller, The Impact of Trust
- 12 p.m. — Lunch and networking
- 1 p.m. — Brian Smith, Practically Glorifying God Through Sports
- 1:30 p.m. — Break out sessions
Tara Boer — Mental Health and Your Athletes: What You Should Know
Chad Hanson — Social Media Tips and Traps
Ross Douma — The Parent/Coach Playbook
Joel Penner — Building a Championship Christian Culture
- 2:15 p.m. - Micah Parker, Faith in the Field
- 2:55 p.m. — Break for refreshments and networking
- 3 p.m. — Wayne Simien, Called to Greatness
- 3:40 p.m. — Break
- 3:45 p.m. — Brock Huard, Accountability: Be Able to Give An Account
- 4:25 p.m. — Closing — Erik Hoekstra
Main stage Speakers
- KeyNote: Brock Huard
Former Washington Huskies quarterback and veteran college football analyst, Brock Huard, joined FOX Sports prior to the 2019 college football season. Huard calls top games from the Big 12, Big Ten, and Pac-12 conferences alongside play-by-play announcer Joe Davis and reporter Bruce Feldman on FOX and FS1. In 2020, Huard was named a reporter for FOX Sports coverage of the XFL, working with play-by-play announcer Curt Menefee and analyst Joel Klatt.
Prior to joining FOX Sports, Huard worked with ESPN as an on-air college football analyst since the 2008 season. He also co-hosted a sports talk radio show in Seattle from 2009-2019 and worked in an on-air capacity for FOX Sports Regional Networks and the Seattle Seahawks. A three-year starter at quarterback for Washington, Huard graduated with more than 20 school records to his name and with a degree in psychology. He was drafted by the Seahawks in 1999 and played professionally through 2004.
- Keynote: Wayne Simien
Wayne is involved in campus ministry because he was reached with the gospel while attending University of Kansas in 2003. Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, he came to KU to play basketball. As a student he served as a campus ministry leader, graduated with a degree in sociology, and was an All-American athlete. Simien and his wife have been serving as campus ministers for 10 years.
He is currently the campus development director for Called to Greatness (CTG) at the University of Kansas. He oversees and executes evangelism, discipleship, and mission strategies for students, staff, and partners. He serves students from a variety of backgrounds, including undergrads, post grads, athletes, and international students. Wayne and his wife have been married fourteen years and have five kids. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, hunting, and fishing.
- Brian Bolt
Brian Bolt is dean of education, professor of kinesiology, and men’s golf coach at Calvin University. Bolt chaired the Sport and Christianity Group and served as co-director for the Inaugural Global Congress (York, UK) and Second Global Congress on Sport and Christianity (Grand Rapids, Michigan). Bolt’s research and leadership connecting sport and Christianity has made him a sought-after voice on the topic locally and internationally. Bolt recently authored the book Sport Faith Life and launched a website by the same name that includes a podcast, blog, and network resources. On the course, Bolt’s teams have earned multiple conference titles and trips to the D3 NCAA Championships. Brian lives with his pickleball partner and wife Joni, and they have three mostly grown children.
- Brian Smith
Brian Smith is on staff with Athletes in Action at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Along with discipling Badger athletes, he is also the director of social media for Athletes in Action and writes regularly for athletesinaction.org. Brian is married to his high school sweetheart, Linsey, has three kids, and likes the Detroit Lions probably a little too much. He ran track and cross country at Wake Forest University, where he graduated with a degree in communications and journalism.
- Micah Parker
Dr. Parker is the founder of Trust Guy Ministries. He has led over 400 events and has presented over 650 times since 2007; with audiences up to 30,000 people across 30 different states as well as Canada. In addition, he has been a featured speaker at the last eight LCMS National Youth Gatherings. In July 2020, Parker became vice president for athletics at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, home of the Red Raiders. Dr. Parker is a published author on peer motivation and leadership in athletics. He has been married to his wife, Amy, for 22 years. They are the proud parents of Emma (20), Jonah (17) and Gracie Joy (12).
- Nancy Metcalf
Nancy (Meendering) Metcalf earned multiple first-team All-American honors on the court and in the classroom while starring for the Nebraska volleyball team from 1997 to 2001. A three-time first-team All-American, Metcalf was also a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and a two-time NCAA Regional MVP. She capped her career with one of the greatest seasons in program history as a senior in 2001, when she was a finalist for the Honda Award, presented to the nation's most outstanding player, and was also named the CoSIDA Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year. Metcalf helped lead Nebraska to a trio of Big 12 titles and two NCAA semifinals appearances during her four seasons on the court, and she also played a role in the Huskers' national championship in 2000, when Metcalf redshirted following time spent training with the U.S. National Team.
In the classroom, Metcalf was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American selection, and she earned an NCAA Top 10 Award. Metcalf ended her career of 13 years with 13 school records, and she still holds Nebraska match records for kills (39) and aces (seven). She earned her degree in advertising from the University of Nebraska in 2001 and continued her volleyball career following graduation, representing the United States at the 2004 Olympics. She traveled to Puerto Rico, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, Azerbaijan, and Japan which included several league championships and MVP awards.
- Rob Miller
Rob Miller was a three-sport athlete in high school and played NAIA college basketball (Spring Arbor College), where he served as team captain his senior year. He has coached both men and women in high school and college basketball as well as in track and field. He is the former director of Champions of Character for the NAIA and the former director of the National Christian College Athletic Association. He is currently the commissioner of the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference. He has been a partner in “Proactive Coaching” since 2008. He speaks about 120-130 days per year which includes at high schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and in four other nations. He lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife Susan and they have a daughter, Kendall, who resides in Wisconsin.
- Ron Brown
Ron Brown is in his third season as Nebraska's director of player development. He has a long association with Husker football, serving as an assistant coach for 24 seasons (1987-2003 and 2008-2014). Brown serves in a non-coaching role, mentoring Husker football student-athletes in numerous off-field development areas. He also assists in community outreach efforts for both Husker football players and staff. Even though he is in a non-coaching role, Brown brings 31 years of college coaching experience to the staff. He coached for four seasons at his alma mater, Brown University, before his 24 seasons at Nebraska. Brown's most recent coaching stop came as the associate head coach at Liberty for three seasons from 2014-17, where he served under former Husker player and assistant coach Turner Gill.
Brown was a part of three national championships at Nebraska, and he coached more than 40 academic all-conference players and nearly 40 players that went on to professional careers. During his time as an assistant from 1987 to 2003, Brown coached the Nebraska wide receivers and tight ends. Brown’s players had a reputation for their tenacity and downfield blocking, helping Nebraska to nine NCAA rushing crowns in 17 seasons. Brown spent four years from 2004-07 as the Nebraska State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Ron is married to Molvina Carter.
- Professional: $50
- Student: $25
*If the event is required to transition to a virtual format due to Covid-19, registration will be refunded for those who request it. Otherwise, the conference will continue virtually and the cost will be adjusted accordingly.