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What is Fellowship of Christian Athletes?

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives…one heart at a time.  Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ.  FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.



The FCA Vision

To see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

The FCA Mission

To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. 


The ILLOWA FCA Area includes 20 counties running along the Mississippi River on both the Illinois and Iowa sides!


The FCA Values

Our relationships will demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.


We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately, and publicly. 

(Proverbs 11:3)


We will model Jesus’ example of serving. 

(John 13:1-17)


We will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships. 

(Philippians 2:1-4)


We will honor and glorify God in all we do. 

(Colossians 3:23-24)




Dan Pearson  - Area Director (563) 349-3445

Area Director Dan Pearson joined the Illowa FCA team in 2011 after 29 years as a television sports anchor and reporter. Dan and his wife, Gina, live in Geneseo, Illinois.  They have two grown daughters who were both involved in FCA throughout their high school days. The Pearsons love spending time with their family and enjoy their role as grandparents. 

Tim Schneckloth - Quad City Area Rep./3D Presenter

Area Representative and 3D Coaching Presenter Tim Schneckloth was born and raised in Eldridge, Iowa.  Tim graduated from St. Ambrose University in 1991. After owning and operating a small business for a brief time, Tim joined the ILLOWA FCA Team in 1999.  He is excited about his new role as 3-Dimensional Coaching Presenter, while still serving as an Area Rep.  Tim and his wife, Brandi, live in Eldridge, Iowa.  The Schneckloth's have three daughters, who are still in school.  The family loves to spend their weekends skiing at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Illinois, where Tim is a certified ski instructor!

Marc Polite - Quad City Area Representative

Marc Polite joined the team this past fall as an area representative for the Quad Cities.  Marc brings a wealth of experience as a former coach and athlete.  Marc lives in his hometown of East Moline, IL where he taught and coached for over a decade.  Marc is married to his wife LaShonda.  They enjoy spending quality time with their two children Marc Jr. (MJ) and Alexandra.  Marc is a coach who loves to teach and inspire.  Marc and LaShonda also serve on the leadership board of their church (Life Church) in East Moline, IL. 


Merri Harridge - Administrative Asstistant 

Administrative Assistant Merri Harridge grew up in Prophetstown, IL. She joined the ILLOWA FCA Team after retiring as director of The Pregnancy Center in Clinton, IA. Merri and her husband, Richard, live outside of Erie, IL and are parents of five children. Their greatest joy is spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchild. They love traveling, camping, horseback riding, and visiting with family!