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Staff

Mitchell Williams

FCA Southeast MS Multi-Area Director

Football Pastor/Character Coach

Prior to being hired with FCA in 2011, Mitchell worked at WDAM-TV for 27 years, serving as sports director for 20 of those years. While at WDAM, the sports department was cited by the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters for excellence on 40 different occasions.

The creator of the award-winning SportsJournal, Mitchell helped provide coverage for over 15,000 different sporting events during his tenure. He was named Mississippi’s best sportscaster 8 of his last 10 years at WDAM.

A licensed and ordained minister, Mitchell has hosted an FCA sponsored retreat for leaders of his area's prep football teams every spring since 2004. Since 2012, FCA also hosts a similar retreat for prep female leaders in the Pine Belt Area. He leads a staff of 20 full-time, part-time and volunteer staff in Southeast Mississippi. His region includes over 130 middle and high schools, Southern Miss and William Carey Universities, and six community colleges which are Jones, Pearl River, MS Gulf Coast, Meridian, East MS and East Central. 

In addition to leading the Southeast Mississippi Region for FCA, Mitchell serves as the lead pastor, chaplain, and character coach for the University of Southern Mississippi football team.

He attended North Forrest and Southern Miss, where he lettered every year in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. He was enshrined in the USM Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. He and his wife, Shelia, are the parents of four boys. They are members of Grace Temple Church.

Contact Mitchell: mitchellwilliams@fca.org or 601-270-4601

Jonathan Fulcher

Area Director, East Central Mississippi
Campus Director, ECCC & MCC   

Jonathan has been a bi-vocational youth pastor in the surrounding areas for the past seven years. He has been involved with FCA all throughout his time as a youth pastor and was also involved as an athlete in high school. The Lord pressed upon Jonathan’s heart back in November of 2014 that it was time for him to step out in faith and start looking for a full time ministry position. After much prayer and seeking the direction of the Lord he joined our FCA staff full time in June of 2015.

Jonathan graduated from Enterprise high school in 2004 and attended MCC some years later, all while pursuing the Lord’s calling upon his life and taking online classes for Ministry Licensure. Jonathan's most important ministry calling, however, is as a husband to Lacie Fulcher and a father to six wonderful children.

Contact Jonathan: jfulcher@fca.org or 601-934-4144

Taylor M. Harvison

Area Representative/Olympic Sports 

Taylor McCarter Harvison was born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She graduated from Oak Grove High School and am currently attending Pearl River Community College. She has been involved in FCA as a student athlete since junior high. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalms 91:4. Her hope is that more and more young athletes begin to understand this verse, believing that God is their refuge and only in Him can they find shelter.  Taylor is set to be hired full-time in FCA the Summer of 2018 with her focus on Lamar Co., female Olympic sports and community.

Kendale Lumpkins

FCA Ambassador/Pearl River Community College

Kendale was raised in Columbia, Mississippi and is a graduate of Pearl River Community College.  A husband and father of 3, Kendale leads FCA campus ministry at his alma mater on the Poplarville campus. A minister and well known motivational speaker in the Pine Belt, Kendale has an incredible heart for young people. More on Kendale's incredible story can be found at kendalelumpkins.com.PRCC FCA meets weekly on the Poplarville campus, with multiple FCA team bible studies available as well for students and coaches.
Contact Kendale at klumpkins@fca.org or 601-466-2734.

Stephanie Blakeslee

Area Representative (William Carey University)

Stephanie will serve coaches and athletes in FCA Campus ministry at William Carey University with Pastor Scott Murphy. She will also serve as an area FCA Women's Character Coach and facilitate Petal and several Forrest County schools for FCA.

A former Petal High School softball player, she holds an Associates's Degree from Jones College and a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration Degree from USM. Since 2013, Stephanie served as a pastor of the Women's Discipleship Ministry at Community Bible Church, one of the nation's fastest growing churches in San Antonio, Texas. While in Texas, Stephanie served on the FCA Board of Directors.

In 2018, the Lord led Stephanie and her family back to Petal. She is married to Dean, and they have two children, Leanna and Nate. She and her family are active members of Petal-Harvey Baptist Church.

 

Brittany Lenoir

Volunteer/Event Coordinator, Pinebelt

An alumni of William Carey University, Brittany is married, in addition to being a mother of four children. She is currently employed with Forrest County School District as a Behavior Specialist/Psychometrist in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Her passion is to help young people be successful in any capacity and feels this is her purpose in life because she enjoys every opportunity granted to make an impression in their lives and share the word of Christ. Her favorite bible scripture is Jeremiah 29:11. 

 

Coach Neil Lyon

FCA Ambassador/Southeastern Baptist College

Coach Neil Lyon serves as the FCA Ambassador at Southeastern Baptist College in his native Jones County and is a huge part of ministering to coaches in Southeast Mississippi.Now retired, Coach Lyon coached for over 35 years and has been affiliated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for decades.Married to Miss Cathy, Coach Lyon is a devoted father and grandchildren, with two of his sons being current high school coaches in Mississippi.
Contact Coach Lyon at nlyon@fca.org or 601-506-2880.


Jacob Cunningham

Area Representative, Jones/Covington
Campus Director, JCJC

Jacob Cunningham serves as the FCA Campus Director at Jones. He graduated from high school in 2016, and then went on to earn an associate degree at Meridian Community College. Jacob has been with FCA all throughout high school, and started out as an intern for MCC and during his internship he felt the Lord lead him to work full time for FCA.

Now Jacob, who recently married his childhood sweetheart Lauryn, covers Jones and Covington Counties while still being the Campus Director at Jones Community College. He loves Jesus and sports, and is passionate about making the two collide.

Scott Murphy

FCA Character Coach/Volunteer

Scott is the pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Purvis, MS. He has a huge heart for student-athletes and coaches, along with a strong passion to get the Gospel into the hands of everyone he meets.Has been affiliated with FCA for most of his life. He and his wife, Beth, have one son.

Contact Scott: smbmurphy@att.net

Justin & Krista Welford

Southern Miss FCA Campus Staff

Justin and Krista Welford are both natives of Lucedale and are Southern Miss Alumni. They have served for over a decade as young adult pastors to university students both in the US, and as missionaries in Chile. The Welfords are now called to the city of Hattiesburg and the USM campus. 

Justin, a licensed minister, serves as a FCA volunteer, helping with the USM Campus FCA, which meets weekly and several teams on campus. Krista currently serves as an FCA Associate Campus Representative facilitating women sports. Plans and prayers are for Krista to be full-time FCA staff in 2020, adding administrative duties to her position. The Welfords are parents of three children: Camden, Dara Shay, and Grayson

Contact Krista: kwelford@fca.org or Justin: justin@hubcitychurch.ms

Pastor Larry Pickens

Wayne County Volunteer/Board Member

Pastor Pickens is a FCA Board Member and area FCA volunteer. He leads our FCA efforts in Wayne County, and has been doing it for years. The truth... Wayne County has probably more students and coaches involved in FCA than most of the counties in our region. A large reason for this, is because of Pastor Larry. He and wife Miss Gladys are servants, and just good people. And you might see them some of anywhere in his native Wayne County, just loving people