Four years ago, John Powell was an area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in West Tennessee and was helping set up the annual FCA Football Camp at University School of Jackson.
But he has spent the last three years as the Football Chaplain at Ole Miss under Hugh Freeze.
Wednesday, Powell had the opportunity to return to the area he used to work in as the keynote speaker for the FCA event.
“It was an easy decision to make knowing of the opportunity to impact men at the University of Mississippi for eternity,” Powell said. “At the same time, it was sad to leave West Tennessee and the many coaches and athletes that I had a chance to get to know.”
Powell has kept in contact with many of the coaches he got to know in West Tennessee, but events like Wednesday give him the opportunity to catch up even more.
FCA was where he started, and the chance to come back and continue to minister to the next group of high school students is worth it.
“For me, FCA was the platform that the Lord has given me to be a light in the midst of darkness,” Powell said. “For me to be able to come back and be a part of the transforming of coaches’ lives, who in turn impact their players for the kingdom is very rewarding.”
Now that he has spent three years with college athletes, Powell sees the difference between working with high school and college athletes as minor.
“The only difference in ministering to high school athletes as opposed to college athletes is the pressure that is placed on college athletes, especially those within the SEC to succeed and play at the next level,” he said.
The spotlight always seems to be on SEC teams when it comes to college football, but that is something Powell embraces.
“It is a great challenge to minister to those athletes in the spotlight due to the pull that the world has upon them, but yet so rewarding when they understand their purpose and influence they have at that level,” he said.
So many rank their success in their occupation by what they produce on a daily basis, but for Powell success has a different level of meaning.
“God’s call in my life is to make disciples who will in turn make other disciples, so for me to see coaches and players receive what the Lord has for them, and they in turn share with other teammates and other students, to me is successful.”
Michael Odom, 425-9754