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Welcome to Bloomington-Normal Area FCA

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes engages coaches and athletes to grow in their faith and sport.

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Jim Collins,

Area Director

Dear Friends of Bloomington-Normal Area FCA,

I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead the North Central Illinois team as the new Area Director!

A little background; I have been married to my beautiful wife Kelly for 33 amazing years.  I have been blessed with two wonderful sons; Jimmy (30) and Michael, who went to be with our Lord and Savior in 2014 at the age of 22 – killed by a drunk driver.

I have lived in this area my entire life – a graduate of Normal Community High School and Illinois State University.  I have been a baseball coach at various levels for many years; assistant coach for 3 years at University High School, assistant coach at Normal West for four years, and head coach at U-High from 2011-2014.  I also served as an assistant coach at Heartland Community College for two years, and still lead a chapel for the baseball team.

I spent most of my professional life in the banking industry, including a variety of leadership positions.  The last 19 years have been spent with State Farm as a Bank Manager. 

I believe our area FCA ministry is a sleeping giant!  I have been involved with FCA for many years, and believe with all my heart this is where God wants me at this time in my life.

When my son Michael was a junior at Normal West I led an optional book study.  As we discussed "legacy" I asked each player to write their own obituary.  Michael included "was a strong believer in Jesus Christ and helped others look to follow God."

That is the FCA mission – impact the world for Jesus Christ through athletes and coaches – and where I believe I am supposed to be.

I look forward to meeting and working with all of you, and ask for your support – time, talent, treasure and prayers – as we work together to awake the sleeping giant!

If you have any questions or would like to visit please don't hesitate to contact me...

God Bless,


Advisory Board

Board chair: Heather Stella Koon

Board members:

Chet Bandy

Ted Roth

Gary Tipsord

John Zozzaro

Matt Wettersten

Greg Bee

Carl Bridges

Jami Head

Andy Schuster

Jeremy Knapp

Interested in joining?

We have the potential for significant growth. That will require board members who have a vision to reach the coaches, athletes, teams and schools throughout the area.

First, pray and see if God is directing you to this. And if He is, please contact Jim Collins at 

What is an FCA Leadership Board?

The role of the Leadership Board is to work with the FCA director and staff to increase capacity and expand the work of FCA in their region.

As we know, leaders lead. Therefore, Leadership Boards must always raise the leadership level for their local ministry.

Leadership Boards have no legal responsibility or authority. They serve as an advisory board, not a governance board. Their primary function is to provide local leadership in implementing the already established vision, mission and programs of FCA within ministry policies and guidelines.

The longevity, stability and leadership of an area FCA ministry rests in the hands of a healthy, involved local Leadership Board. Their steady guidance, support, encouragement and involvement on the local level creates a strong foundation to build and sustain a ministry over decades.

This is a cooperative effort between the FCA staff and the Leadership Board. The FCA staff cannot get the job done on their own and the Board cannot get it done alone. They need each other, one empowering the other.

Bloomington-Normal Area FCA
 1600 Hunt Drive, Suite A
 Normal, IL 61761

Phone:  (309) 454-6920