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Swinford FCA

Tanner Swinford

College Chaplain - Males

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Get to know Tanner:

Tanner is the Men’s College Chaplain for Big Country area universities. Tanner is originally from Lampasas, Texas where he attended Lampasas High School. While at Lampasas, through the influence of a coach, a torn ACL, and an identity crisis, he came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

From Lampasas, he was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to bring his talent on the track to McMurry University (2012-2014). Unfortunately, his collegiate athletic career was short-lived and injury-plagued. After two years, he transferred to Hardin-Simmons University (2014-2016) where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fitness, Recreation, and Sport Management in May of 2016.

While completing his Bachelor’s, he was introduced to his now wife – Whitney Swinford. The Swinford’s now have the unique opportunity to serve together as the FCA Campus Directors for Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, and McMurry University.

Outside of FCA, Tanner is actively involved as a member of Redeemer Church of Abilene. He also enjoys being outdoors, playing sports, attending athletic events, reading, and spending time in fellowship with other Christians.

Why FCA?

“We live in the midst of a culture consumed by sports. We live in a sports-obsessed world. We live in a society that worships sports. This obsession with sports reaches across dividing lines of age, income, geography, gender, and ethnicity. Wherever we go and whoever we meet, the world of sport gives us all something in common – a shared language.

It is through this shared language, the medium of athletics, that I hope to influence the world for the cause of Christ and the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I wanted to work for FCA because I wanted to be a part of the redemption of sports. I wanted to work for FCA because I wanted to help others understand how the Gospel of Jesus Christ shapes our understanding of, and participation in sports. I wanted to work for FCA because I wanted to show others how the arena of sports can be utilized for Christian discipleship. I wanted to work for FCA because I wanted to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.”

- Tanner Swinford

Whitney Swinford 

College Chaplain - Females

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Get to know Whitney:

Whitney is the Women’s College Chaplain for the Big Country area universities. Whitney grew up and attended school in Portland, Texas at Gregory-Portland High School. During her time at Gregory-Portland, she played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. 

After high school, Whitney attended Abilene Christian University as a four-year letterman for the women’s basketball program, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Studies in May of 2016. While at Abilene Christian, Whitney was highly involved in FCA, which is where she met her now husband – Tanner Swinford. 

Outside of FCA, she enjoys watching sports, being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and being an active member at Redeemer Church of Abilene.

Why FCA?

“Before coming to college, I was not a Christian. I went to church semi-regularly but I did not have a relationship with the Lord. When I got to ACU, I met some of my closest friends. Almost all of them were somehow involved in FCA. Through these friendships and FCA, God opened my ears to His word and allowed me to build a relationship with Christ.

I love working for this organization because it allows me to reach people who are in the position I once was. I love being able to help people find their identity in Christ and not in their sport. I love helping college athletes learn how to compete in a way that glorifies the Lord. I also love the opportunities FCA brings to build relationships with coaches and athletes on our campuses.”

- Whitney Swinford

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