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Missionary Highlight: RJ and Steffanie Sumrall

Today's Missionary Highlight: RJ and STEFFanie Sumrall

Serving with Fca in Central iowa

1. Tell us about your family.

      I (RJ) was born in Honolulu HI, but raised in Orlando FL.  I am an Army brat. I was awarded an athletic scholarship to play football and run track for Iowa State U. I had a really good career which landed me on the all-time leaders board in school history for football. I also received a Drake Relays Championship. The best thing I received in college was Jesus Christ as my Lord & Savior during my junior season of football through FCA. When I was done with college and football I had a choice to make, either live in Florida by myself, or live in Iowa with my now wife. I have now lived in Iowa for almost 12 years counting my college football report date of August 5, 2004. My wife works for MetLife as a Business Consultant. We have a son, Jackson, who turns 4 on June 19. We also are expecting twin boys in late August early September. We are currently residing in Urbandale, but moving to Ankeny mid-June. We have 2 Yorkiepooh’s who are 6 years old named Teddy and Zoey.

2. How would you summarize your ministry?

    We are a sports ministry that focus on Connecting with Coaches. Training Coaches to coach for Jesus Christ. Sending Coaches to use their platform to advance the Gospel.

3. Favorite non-ministry activity:
  • Playing with my son
  • Watching movies
  • Hanging with my family
  • Cooking
  • Riding my bike
  • Going outside
  • Playing Sand Volleyball
4. how you have seen God work recently?

     During this past basketball season FCA was providing Domino’s pizza to the Varsity North Boys Basketball team for a Chapel message after each home game. Well, one of the days the schedule was changed and I was not informed. I received a call from Domino’s asking where was everyone at? I rushed over to the school and realized there wasn’t a game at North. So I took all 18 large pizzas and went over to Hoover high hoping I could catch their basketball team. They were gone as well, so I gave found 3 random students and gave them 2 boxes each of pizza. When I brought 12 boxes of pizza home my wife said, “I like pizza, but not that much.” The next morning I took the rest of the pizza to Bethel Missions on 6th ave.


     I would love prayer toward leading my family and Urban FCA according to Gods Will. Also, the ability to manage my time appropriately this fall with having twins, growing the Urban FCA ministry, and being the ISU Football Chaplain.

Thanks so much to RJ for sharing this brief look into your life on the mission field. More missionary highlights are coming soon!

Posted by Nikki Twedt at 5:00 PM