The Sport and Christianity Group

brian-boltDr. Brian Bolt is a Professor of Kinesiology, Department Chair, and intercollegiate men’s golf coach at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US. For the past five years Dr. Bolt has served as the Kinesiology Department Chair and oversees both Kinesiology academic programs and intercollegiate athletics.  Coach Bolt is also Calvin’s intercollegiate Men’s Golf Coach and has led teams to NCAA DIII nationals two of the last four years.  Dr. Bolt’s scholarly and service work centers on the practical connections between sport and Christianity, teaching and coaching methodology, and working with under-served youth in sport and mentoring. Dr. Bolt will be convening the Second Congress on Sports and Christianity in 2019 at Calvin College. Dr. Bolt is co-chair of the Sport and Christianity Group.

valerie-ginDr. Valerie J. Gin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Wellness at Gordon College in Wenham, MA.  After thirteen years of coaching collegiate volleyball and softball, Val continues her love and interest in sport through researching, writing, and teaching.  She received the Junior and Senior Distinguished Faculty Awards at Gordon in 2004 and 2013. Val is co-editor of the Journal of The Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies and co-author of the book Focus on Sport in Ministry. She is a lecturer at the International Sport Leadership School in South Africa and founder of a website community promoting the value of, integrity in and love of sport. Val is co-chair of the Sport and Christianity Group.

shirl_james_hoffmanDr. Shirl Hoffman is Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology at University of North Carolina Greensboro. His interest in reconciling the ethical parameters of sport and faith spans several decades. His commentary appears in a number of scholarly and denominational journals, including Christianity of (Sport and Religion, 1992) and author of Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sport (2010). He has appeared on national radio and telecasts including NPR, CBC, ESPN,CBS, Fox News, and Channel 4 in Britain. He also has been a frequent guest on a number of religious radio and television broadcasts. He is editor of Kinesiology Today, an information and news source about exercise, sport, and physical activity sponsored by the American Kinesiology Association

Dr. Landon T. Huffman is an Associate Professor of Sport & Fitness Leadership at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. He earned his Ph.D. in Sport Management from The University of Tennessee- Knoxville. Landon graduated with both his bachelors and masters degrees in Sport Administration and a minor in coaching education from the University of North Carolina. His experiences in sport management include intercollegiate football operations, sport marketing, event operations, compliance, academic advising, and student-athlete development. His research interests include examining the intersection of sport, religion, and spirituality, specifically as it pertains to the role of spirituality and faith in the holistic care model for intercollegiate athletes and coaches. Landon is an active member of the Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure, and Sport Studies (CSKLS). Additionally, he serves as an Affiliate Scholar with the Center for the Study of Sport and Religion at the University of Tennessee as well as an editorial review board member of the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. To date, his work has been published in 13 peer-reviewed articles as well as three book chapters, and he has presented more than 30 presentations at national academic conferences.


ladd-DFR-072612Dr. Tony Ladd is the Director of Athletics and a faculty member at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, USA. He has served similar roles for over 40 years at Wheaton College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Malone University.  He is recognized for his mentoring work as a coach of coaches and the development of successful programs for intercollegiate athletics. Ladd is co-author with James A. Mathisen. Muscular Christianity: Evangelical Protestants and the Development of American Sport (Baker Books, 1999). His research and writing focuses on the institutionalization of sport in culture, especially through religious and educational institutions. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

swaller-krss-fall_2013Dr. Steven N. Waller is an associate professor in the recreation and sport management program, Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies at The University of Tennessee- Knoxville. Dr. Waller holds terminal degrees from Michigan State University and United Theological Seminary (UTS; Dayton, OH). He also teaches in the Doctor of Ministry program (sport chaplaincy) at UTS. His research interests include: religious beliefs as a constraint to sport and leisure behavior; organizational evil and sport organizations; and the professional identity and credentialing of sport chaplains. Additionally, Dr. Waller serves as an associate pastor at Foster Chapel Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.

juliewaltonDr. Julie Walton is Professor of Kinesiology at Calvin College where she teaches nutrition and exercise physiology. She received the 2014 Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, and serves as a Teaching Fellow in faculty development at Calvin. She is an American College of Sports Medicine certified clinical exercise physiologist with an interest in the effects of exercise and nutrition on cancer development and treatment, sport nutrition, sport and Christianity, and the influence of the ancient Christian practice of shared meals on pedagogy initiatives in nutrition. Dr. Walton is past president of the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.

nick_watson_1_Dr. Nick J. Watson is Senior Lecturer in Sport, Culture and Religion, York St John University (YSJU), UK. He has coached soccer in the USA and UK and was the founding Head Coach of La Manga Junior Football Academy (2001-2006). Nick is the Co-Director of the Centre for Sport, Spirituality and Religion (CSSR) at the University of Gloucestershire, UK, and convened the Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity, 2016, YSJU. He has published a number of books, most recently, Sport and the Christian Religion: A Systematic Review of Literature (2014, Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and Sports, Religion and Disability (2014, Routledge), both with Andrew Parker.

douglas_websterRev. Dr. Doug Webster teaches pastoral theology at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and is a teaching pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York. He has a Ph.D. in theology from St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology and an MA in New Testament from Wheaton College. He has pastored churches in Denver and San Diego and has taught courses at Bethel Seminary, San Diego, and Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Canada. He has authored a number of books which can be found on his website,

john-whiteDr. John B. White (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is Assistant Professor and holder of the Harold and Dottie Riley Professorship in Practical Theology and Director of the Sport Chaplaincy/Ministry Program at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. He served for seventeen years with Athletes in Action as a campus and sport chaplain, ministering to Olympic and collegiate athletes both in the United States and in Western and Eastern Europe. His research interests are primarily in theology, Christian ethics, and sport and Christianity. His publications have appeared in Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, Implicit Religion, Studies in Christian Ethics, Practical Theology, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Ethics, and he has forthcoming books with Mercer Press (2015) and Catholic University Press of America (2017).

steven-wrightDr. Steven Wright is Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina (USA).  A former NCAA Division I athlete and 15 year coaching veteran, he focuses on leveraging his position to impact student-athletes with the gospel of Christ.  His focus is on integrating the sports experience and the Christian faith, attempting to do it at the highest level.  He is also the Founder and President of A Coaching Revolution ( an organization dedicated to equipping coaches with a philosophy of leadership that is biblically-driven.  You can follow him on Twitter @acoachingrev.