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After serving as a volunteer with FCA, TJ joined FCA as a staff member in 2011. TJ's first passion is Jesus Christ but he also loves students and athletes. Serving as chaplain, T.J. serves SDSU players and coaches, and their families in whatever capacity they need. Through leading Bible Studies for coaches and for athletes, pre-game chapels, coordinating the Jackrabbit FCA Huddle and one on one counseling, he desires to be a blessing to the Jackrabbits. The foundation is what he calls the “ministry of presence,” whether encouragement, counsel, or simply a sounding board, players, their parents, and coaches know that God has placed him here to be a resource for them. 


Phone: 605-692-7072

Twitter: @tj_carlson


I was active in sports and our FCA huddle in high school and then attended South Dakota State University where I received a degree in Early Childhood Education. I met my husband, TJ, during my time at SDSU and we have lived in Brookings since then.

I stared in FCA volunteering along side TJ and have since joined FCA as part time staff and am excited about the work God is doing at SDSU. We have a wonderful group of ladies involved in our huddle and I am so blessed to be able to impact them for Christ. We’ve formed lasting bonds with many of the athletes and are so thankful to be involved with them during a very important stage in their lives.


Phone: 605-692-7072

Twitter: @kristy_carlson_


Some of the greatest memories in my life come from the playgrounds, ball fields, and locker rooms, where I competed in athletics. My coaches along the way, especially in high school and college, had a tremendous impact on me and the way I approach life. As an athlete, coach, parent, sports chaplain, and even as a fan—I have seen firsthand the power of athletics to influence and transform lives.

What if sports could be a doorway to release the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to our communities? This is precisely the mission of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Join me as we minister to and through area coaches and athletes of all ages in Northeast South Dakota.


Phone: 605-692-7072

Twitter: @pastorbruce116

Brookings Area FCA ·2301 Research Park Way, Suite 301, Brookings, SD 57006 · 
(605) 651-3592