About 2017-04-18T23:22:57+00:00

23 years of ministry has produced 47,853 campers, over 50,000 Bibles distributed, and 5,663 Professions of Faith (U.S. camps). 402 local churches have partnered with us and over 50 of our Sports Crusader alumni have gone on to serve in full-time ministry positions.

Staff

Tricia Alberts
Tricia AlbertsExecutive Director
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Corey Casey
Corey CaseyVice President
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Cynthia Walker
Cynthia WalkerDirector of Development
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Randy Curless
Randy CurlessProgram Coordinator
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History

Founder Bobby Shows accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He began to prayerfully contemplated how he could serve the Lord. As a Mississippi State University basketball player, the Lord desired for him to use his sports background as a common ground for sharing Christ. Bobby coached for Mississippi State University and high schools for three years when God called him into full-time Recreation and Sports ministry. He served for 25 years as Recreation Minister in churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri and Arkansas.

In February, Bobby accepted a position with the Missouri Baptist Convention with recreation and sports evangelism as one of his consulting responsibilities. Later that spring, he got the vision of forming a sports evangelism ministry through the Missouri Baptist Convention.

The first Sports Crusader team was formed using college students. They held 18 camps with 273 campers. 28 indicated they accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior

International Ministries began. Sports Crusaders have sent teams to 13 countries reaching thousands of children and adults.

After a lot of prayer and blessing from the Missouri Baptist Convention, Sports Crusaders became a faith-based ministry. Bobby operated Crusaders from the basement of his home.

Union Hill Baptist Church in Holts Summit, Mo., invited Sports Crusaders to house their permanent offices at the church. Tricia Alberts became the second staff member.

Bobby retired in January and later that year, Randy Curless, became the executive director.

CampP82 was started by our Vice-President, Cory Casey

Tricia Alberts became the Executive Director.

20 Years of ministry has produced 40,368 campers, over 50,000 Bibles distributed, 4964 Professions of Faith documented in our U.S. Camps(not international),378 local churches have partnered, and over 50 of our Sports Crusader coaches have gone on to serve in full-time ministry.

Board

Preston ThompsonChairperson

Associate Pastor and Minister to Students Southside Baptist Church
Fulton, Missouri
Chris BrizendineVice-Chairperson

Auto Claims Adjuster
State Farm Insurance
Holts Summit, Missouri
Jenifer SeaverSecretary

Central Electric Credit Union, President/CEO
Russellville, Missouri
Lyle Witcher

BSU Director for Three Rivers Community College
Director of Marketing and Events for LEAD222
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Gene Austin

Leadership Development Team – Collegiate Regional Strategist, Missouri Baptist Convention
Columbia, Missouri
Jeff Allee

First Baptist Church, Recreation/Adult Education Minister
Cassville, Missouri
Reg Hamman

Advertising and Ministry Development, Semi-Retired
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Mike Mayer

President, M3P Energy, LLC
Midland, Texas
Lynn Riley

Arkansas Baptist State Convention, Team Member
Evangelism & Church Health Team
Sherwood, Arkansas
Mark Buffington

Athletic Director, Head Basketball Coach, Calvary Lutheran High School
Jefferson City, Missouri

What We Believe

Statement of Faith

We are partners with the Missouri Baptist Convention.  We agree with their Statement of Faith on Evangelism and Missions.

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

Genesis 12:1-3 || Exodus 19:5-6 || Isaiah 6:1-8 || Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20 || Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53 || John14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21 || Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3 || Romans 10:13-15 || Ephesians 3:1-11 || 1 Thessalonians 1:8 || 2 Timothy 4:5 || Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2 || 1 Peter 2:4-10 || Revelation 22:17

Advisory Board

Nick Davis
Regional Vice-President East, Missouri Baptist Foundation
Hannibal, Missouri
Gene Foster
Human Resources-Guide Stone Church Ministries
Support Services Missouri Baptist Convention
Jefferson City, Missouri
Kent Mills
Sphere3 Chief Technical Officer
Overland Park, Kansas
Kevin Shelton
Sports Crusaders – International Missions Leader
Showcase Home Furnishings – Owner
Mount Vernon, Illinois
Denita Jenkins
Math Teacher & Basketball Coach, Russellville Middle School
Russellville, Missouri
Matt Kerns
Leadership Development Team Leader, Missouri Baptist State Convention
Jefferson City, Missouri
Steve Mace
Chief Operating Officer of a St. Louis Investment Firm
Wildwood, Missouri
James Preston
Senior Director of Advancement Office of Gift Planning & Endowments, University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri
Hal Rhea
President, Church Insurance Services
Steelville, Missouri
Kay Robertson
Office Supervisor, Missouri Baptist Convention – Retired
Jefferson City, Missouri
Bobby Shows
Founder of Sports Crusaders – Retired
Holts Summit, Missouri
Doug Shows
Vice-President, Heritage First Bank
Rome, Georgia
Chris Sisk
CS Design – Founder/Co-Owner
Potosi, Missouri
Frank Whitney
Pastor, Union Hill Baptist Church
Holts Summit, Missouri