Jim Stump has been involved in sports ministry for the past 5 decades after graduating from Wheaton College (Illinois) in 1966. He began his career as the European Director of Athletes in Action, setting up their program with the European Olympic Committees for two years. Upon his return to America, he was invited by two Stanford football players to come to Palo Alto to help their teammates and them grow in their faith. As a direct result, he became the campus director of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at Stanford University, and served in that capacity from 1970 – 1974, when he left Cru/AIA to focus his attention on the one-on-one mentoring of athletes by founding Sports Challenge. He served in the role of a spiritual life coach under 13 consecutive head coaches and six athletic directors, and he also spent time as the chaplain to the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants. With exceptional memory and gracious humility, Jim is blessed with the gift of storytelling. He is often asked to speak to college and professional sports teams, churches, business professional groups, Christian colleges and high schools, seminaries, and small groups. In addition, Jim has conducted the weddings for dozens of his mentees and friends over the years.
After 45 years of meeting with 30 – 35 men each week one-on-one on an ongoing basis, mentoring them through those crucial years, Jim will move Sports Challenge to the Dallas, Texas area in January 2015. There he will continue his exciting, transformational ministry. He will also be with his wife, Linda, and very close to their three children and nine grandchildren. To learn more about Jim, who has given his life so that many, many athletes and business leaders could come to know and follow Jesus, click on the link to read about Jim’s popular book The Power of One-on-One: Discovering the Joy and Satisfaction of Mentoring Others.Get the Book
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