Athletes in Action appoints Rodd Sawatzky Director of Pro Sports Ministry

Jun 25, 2018

Athletes in Action is pleased to announce the appointment of Rodd Sawatzky as Director of Pro Sports Ministry. Rodd succeeds Dave Klassen in the position, who was promoted to the National Director role in November 2017 after 12 years as Director of Pro Sports Ministry.

Rodd has faithfully served with Athletes in Action for over 25 years and has a long history of leading student-athlete ministries at the University of Calgary. Rodd’s inaugural season into Pro Sports took place in 2002 when he was named chaplain to the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders where he was responsible for leading weekly chapels and bible studies, and building into the lives of players, families, and coaching staff.

“It’s an honour for Athletes in Action to have a spiritual leader with a strong servant’s heart at the helm of the Pro Sports Ministry,” says Dave Klassen. “I am encouraged to serve alongside such a remarkably gifted leader who is able to speak words of encouragement, affirmation, and exhortations that call a person to action.”  

Currently, Rodd is serving as team chaplain to the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders and the NHL’s Calgary Flames.

As Rodd steps into this new role, he will remain serving as chaplain for both the Stampeders and Flames. He will continue to use his enthusiasm and dedication to encourage professional athletes to passionately follow Christ, love and lead their families, and use their lives to make a difference in their communities.    

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