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Drew van Esselstyn

Director, North Jersey

I have been on full-time staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes since January 2015, focusing on impacting the lives of coaches and athletes in northern New Jersey. That area includes the following counties: Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Morris, Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon.

Growing up in a military family, I spent time as a child in Virginia, South Carolina, England, Hawaii and California. Everywhere we went, the power of sport as a universal language and immediate connector was exceptional ... and incredibly formative for my life. Eventually, I played varsity tennis after maxing out as a too-small, too-slow wing player in basketball and a middling (read: bench) utility player in baseball.

I found my way to the school newspaper at James Madison University. I spent the first 20 years of my professional career as a sports journalist -- covering high school sports throughout Virginia, and then as an editor helping plan daily and long-term coverage at the Washington Post, Miami Herald and Star-Ledger. 

I was drawn to FCA through a series of events that could only be from God. I wasn't involved with FCA as a kid, but I somehow knew it was absolutely the next right thing when a job opening literally dropped into my Twitter feed a few years back. That started an awesome journey that has me right here, serving Him and serving you in North Jersey -- praying that our corner of the world would be transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

My wife, Nicole, and I have been married since August 1995. We have two children: Abby, who attends Cedarville (Ohio) University, and Dalton, who plays golf for North Hunterdon High School. We live in Hunterdon County.

Want To Join the Team?

We have a vision for FCA in North Jersey, and it involves significant growth in our field staff ranks. We desire, with God calling the right people and setting the timetable, to increase our ability to better serve the local needs of each community in the area.

If you're interested in finding out more about what it takes to work for FCA, click here. For questions about specific job opportunities in our area or how to start the process, contact Drew van Esselstyn.


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