Fellowship of Christian Athletes dba Gulf Coast FCA
Gulf Coast FCA
1728 S Lakeside Ct
Venice FL 34293
To see Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rodney Ring
Board Chair Mr. John Knott
Board Chair Affiliation Four Pillars Financial
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1954
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2017
State Registration Yes Apr 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $176,536.00
Projected Expenses $175,597.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
The Gulf Coast FCA is changing lives:
  • 27 campus huddles impacting over 1000 students.
  • 11 chaplain programs in 11 local high schools
  • Over 350 students attending FCA Leadership Camp at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL
  • Over 300 coaches and spouses attending the FCA Coaches Time Out at the PGA National Resort in West Palm, FL

Future Plans:

  • Continuing to start new campus huddles on local campuses
  • Higher FCA staff to help advance the ministry
  • Develop and grow FCA boards in each county
  • Partner with the Pittsburg Pirates to host a high school baseball camp
  • Host a Tri-County 7 on 7 Football Tourney
  • Focus on ongoing ministry with coaches
Needs Statement
  1. $65,000 to hire five new part time staff
  2. $8,000 for camp scholarships
  3. $3,000 for drug free programs on local campuses
Background Statement
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives... one heart at a time. The world headquarters of FCA was established in 1954 in the State of Oklahoma. It moved to Kansas City in 1956, the year the first FCA camp was conducted. The first Kansas City office was located downtown at the Trader's National Bank Building. Then, in 1979, a 25,000 square foot building was constructed just north of the Truman Sports Complex. In 2002, the building was renovated and doubled in size. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Cities include: Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, Sarasota, Nokomis, Venice, North Port, Englewood, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Religion- Related
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

It has been a privilege to be involved in FCA since college. Playing baseball at Mississippi State University, there was a strong FCA presence. During my time in college and FCA, I learned some valuable lessons about my walk with the Lord. I still have close friendships that were developed 20 years ago. FCA has taught me the importance of being a leader and modeling a Christ like life. FCA focuses on developing young athletes into men and women with a purpose and a passion for Jesus Christ. Youth today are being challenged to conform to the worldly ways or to take the “shortcuts” in life. I believe that FCA challenges them to play hard, work hard, and be a positive example to those around them. I now serve as the board chair for my local FCA. Being able to give back to the youth in my area is a very rewarding and meaningful experience. God calls us to serve and be an example to others and I am proud to be able to do that through the Gulf Coast FCA. Our Gulf Coast FCA board and local staff have the opportunity to reach thousands of student athletes and coaches in our Gulf Coast Region and really make a difference. Knowing that I can make a difference in a student’s life through FCA is why I am involved in this great organization. I know at times it is difficult to see the direction our society is going in and what the next generation is doing, but personally knowing how much influence you have as an athlete in the “spotlight” is one of the numerous reasons I am still involved with this great organization.

Jon Knott - Board Chair
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
I love to see students impacted for Jesus Christ. I have been a student pastor for the past 22 years. It has been a joy watching students grow in their faith. However, our churches are missing 85 to 90 percent of the American teenagers. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an on campus ministry. We minister where 99 percent of the American teenager will be, the local campus. FCA uses campus clubs to present the gospel and challenge students to grow deeper in their faith.We use camps in the summer to build into the lives of athletes and coaches and encourage them to grow in their faith while sharing the gospel with friends. We have and impact in the community through youth sports programs. The heartbeat of the ministry is the coach. It is said that a coach will influence more people in a year than most people will in their lifetime. Coaches bring influence. If FCA can reach the heart of a coach then that coach can influence hundreds if not thousands for Jesus Christ. Our passion is to share the gospel on every campus to every coach, athlete, student, teacher, and administrator. I love my job.

Rodney Ring - FCA Staff
Description The FCA Campus Huddle grew out of a desire to continue the FCA camping experience during the school year. The campus clubs are student initiated and student led Bible studies approved by school administration. The Huddle is a place where athletes and coaches grow spiritually and use sports as a platform to share the gospel. More than 1,000 students are involved in our programs in tri-county area. FCA huddles meet on middle schools, high schools, and college campuses. Attendees include not just athletes, but countless numbers of students, coaches, teachers, and administrators. 
Budget $1,200
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success The FCA campus huddle provides a place for students and coaches to grow in their spiritual lives while providing a place to invite friends to hear the gospel. Since the huddles are student led campus clubs, students gain experience in decisions making and leadership. Over 100 students will participate in a campus huddle this coming school year. 
Long Term Success Developing a student's spiritual life is beneficial in the development into adulthood. If we can encourage students to grow spiritually we set them up to make good decisions and choose like minded friends to encourage them. What we've seen is students who participate in FCA huddles at the middle school level are much more likely to attend at the high school and college levels. As students attend huddles and grow spiritually the are equipped with the tools they need to function as mature adults.
Program Success Monitoring Our staff makes weekly visits to the schools we serve in the tri-county area. We are continually talking with coaches and student leaders as to how we can make our huddles better.
Program Success Examples The Gulf Coast FCA currently has a presence on 27 campuses in the tri-county area. One of our huddles in Charlotte county consistently has over 80 students who attend. Another huddle in Manatee county hosted a student rally where 275 students attended and 18 students committed their lives to Christ. One of our Sarasota county schools minister to 50 plus students a week and hosted a student rally where 345 students attended and 46 students made decisions.
Program Comments by Organization The Gulf Coast FCA has the goal to start a huddle in every high school, middle school, and college campus in the tri-county area. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rodney Ring
CEO Term Start July 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email rring@fca.org
Experience Rodney Ring has been in ministry with students for 23 years. Most of his experience has been in the local church as a student minister. At every church he served at, FCA was part of the ministry. As a student minister, Rodney saw the value of partnering with FCA on local campuses. Rodney has been on staff with the Gulf Coast FCA for four years. Now, he has the opportunity to impact schools for Jesus Christ through the influence of FCA. Rodney is a gifted worship leader and speaker using those gifts to serve local FCA huddles as well as local churches.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 75
Management Reports to Board No
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member1983
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization The Gulf Coast FCA office of FCA is one of over 400 FCA offices located throughout America. All budgets and expenditures are carefully scrutinized by the national accounting department. We have an Area Director that oversees FCA activities in the Tri-County area.  We plant to have two part-time staff and an Administrative Assistant.  There is one full-time staff in the Gulf Coast FCA office. Yearly audits are performed on a local and national basis. Members of the local Gulf Coast FCA Leadership Board oversee the financials as well as program areas.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Knott
Company Affiliation Four Pillars Financial
Board Term Aug 2012 to Aug 2020
Board Chair Email knott_mail@yahoo.com
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Josh Brooks Janzen Shutters and Doors
Mr. Matt Ennis State College of Florida
Mr. John Goda RTI
Mr. Jon Knott Four Pillars Financial
Mrs. Wendy Merlino Care Patrol
Mr. Jeff Meyer Feld Entertainment
Mr. John Rector The Bridge Church
Mr. David Sabo CORE Construction
Mr. Taren Sufferling Suncoast Commercial Doors and Hardware
Mr. TJ Wilson Crosspointe Church
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 9
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 80
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 70
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $176,536.00
Projected Expenses $175,597.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$84,381$73,627$55,329
Individual Contributions$70,630,132$64,350,132$55,617,436
Investment Income, Net of Losses$997,345$951,983$1,203,144
Membership Dues$38,233$33,470$35,490
Special Events$13,945,334$12,534,454$12,299,630
Revenue In-Kind$1,580,463$1,534,908$1,422,901
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$81,166,231$73,379,912$64,659,176
Administration Expense$10,023,731$9,208,990$8,335,206
Fundraising Expense$6,148,343$5,656,951$4,972,439
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.051.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%83%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%7%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$58,072,004$55,346,486$49,260,161
Current Assets$47,264,827$44,673,479$38,769,100
Long-Term Liabilities$0$35,378$75,059
Current Liabilities$3,038,345$3,453,119$2,440,381
Total Net Assets$55,033,659$51,857,989$46,744,721
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $70,630,132Contributions, gifts, grants $64,350,132Contributions, gifts, grants $55,617,436
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $13,945,334Fundraising $12,534,454Fundraising $12,299,630
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Programs $6,299,782Camps/Conferences $4,926,943Program Related Revenue $4,022,749
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.5612.9415.89
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation 990s are reflective of the national organization, as organization does not have financials at the local level. Financial information taken from the Federal 990s.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated.
Nonprofit Fellowship of Christian Athletes dba Gulf Coast FCA
Address Gulf Coast FCA
1728 S Lakeside Ct
Venice, FL
Phone 941 525-3833