FCA names former NFL player Donnie Dee new COO

Donnie Dee has been with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 19 years. His loyalty to FCA has been rewarded with his promotion to the organization’s executive director and chief operating officer. Dee has been FCA’s regional director in Southern California for the past 12 years, growing the region from one volunteer to 30 staffers today. As COO, Dee will direct daily ministry operations from FCA’s main office in Kansas City. Dee grew up in Kansas City and played college football at the University of Tulsa. He was a tight end for the Indianapolis Colts for two years before joining FCA full-time. Dee stated, “I am excited about returning to my hometown and serving FCA in this new role. My primary focus will be to support (FCA president) Les Steckel and serve the hundreds of field staff that make this ministry happen every day.” Link: Fellowship of Christian Athletes: http://www.fca.org/

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  1. BrandishSpear said:

    Thank you very much for a refreshingly balanced article on this subject. Just wanted to comment on the following quote: “Here you have a highly empowered group of white males, many of whom work as lawyers on K Street (home to several prestigious law and lobbying firms),” Jackson said. “For them to claim to be part of some persecuted minority is fanciful.” I took issue with just about everything said by Bishop Jackson, but this quote in particular struck me as particularly ignorant and offensive. This man has no idea what gay men and women–whether rich, poor, black, white, or Asian–have to go through. The internal struggle… growing up knowing that you’re different, but having no true support around you… finding out that society hates you and meeting people like Bishop Jackson who think they are Christian but preach hate… Would you wish that pain on anyone? Your own child? Or would you want to try to understand what’s going on, and offer support to that person you love unconditionally with a true Christian heart? Far too many children are thrown out, kicked out, or forced to runaway or commit suicide because their families found one God-given aspect of their lives unacceptable. It’s heart-breaking. Furthermore, Bishop Jackson wants us to believe that gay rights only helps wealthy “white males,” when we all are smart enough to appreciate that gays and lesbians are as diverse as any other group. Gay men and women are found in all races, backgrounds, ethnicities, creeds, and socio-economic statuses. Jackson sets up the popular straw-man of “the wealthy, white man” when he should know that anti-gay laws affect us all.

    July 29, 2009
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  2. jdblue82 said:

    The fact that gays were exterminated by the thousands in Nazi concentration camps seems to have escaped the good bishop’s notice… The fact that the medieval Christian Church burned gays and lesbians at the stake seems also to have fled his memory… The fact that just last year a student in Oxnard was executed by his fellow classmate because of his perceived sexual orientation, well that also seems to have gone in one bishoply ear and out the other… The good bishop is entitled to his own opinions, of course, but he is not entitled to his own facts. The facts are these: Both lgbt Americans and African-Americans have suffered brutal and sometimes fatal assaults at the hands of fellow citizens due solely to their orientation or race. There are lgbt African-Americans, much as Bishop Jackson would like us to think this is a “white man’s” issue. In fact, a close advisor to Dr. King was also openly gay. Without Bayard Rustin there likely would have been no march on Washington and no Southern Christian Leadership Conference. There are lgbt peoples of every color, creed, ethnicity, and income level. From poor to rich, this issue affects them all. No one person or group holds a monopoly on civil rights. Not the gay, nor the black, nor the Jew, nor the Roma. Every single one of those groups, by the way, were slated for extermination in Nazi death camps. We have much in common with each other, lgbts and blacks. We have both been discriminated against by US law. We have both been targeted in crimes of hate meant to terrorize us and our families. We both have a long and sad history of repression and abuse. (In the case of lgbts, one that stretches clear back to the Old Testament. …unless you don’t think they really meant it in Leviticus when they talk about stoning the gays to death?) Rather than play up the language of division and the rhetoric of exclusion, I challenge the Bishop to see (like lgbt Americans have) and celebrate the commonalities that bring us together.

    July 30, 2009
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  3. EternalLizdom said:

    Thank you for presenting both sides in a nicely balanced manner. My stand is one far more in line with the commenters before me and with Pastor Schlosser.

    July 30, 2009
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FCA names former NFL player Donnie Dee new COO

Donnie Dee has been with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 19 years. His loyalty to FCA has been rewarded with his promotion to the organization’s executive director and chief operating officer. Dee has been FCA’s regional director in Southern California for the past 12 years, growing the region from one volunteer to 30 staffers today. As COO, Dee will direct daily ministry operations from FCA’s main office in Kansas City. Dee grew up in Kansas City and played college football at the University of Tulsa. He was a tight end for the Indianapolis Colts for two years before joining FCA full-time. Dee stated, “I am excited about returning to my hometown and serving FCA in this new role. My primary focus will be to support (FCA president) Les Steckel and serve the hundreds of field staff that make this ministry happen every day.” Link: Fellowship of Christian Athletes: http://www.fca.org/

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