October 23–27, 2019


Registration cost: $300

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Sport and Faith

Set a course for Grand Rapids, Michigan and the 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, to be held October 23–27, 2019 on the campus of Calvin University.

This ecumenical gathering of sport administrators, coaches, athletes, pastors, theologians and anyone else who seeks to explore the mutual impact of belief and sport, and also wants to affect a cultural shift in modern sport and the role it plays in a life of faith.

We will hear from Tim Tebow, professional athlete, ESPN analyst and author; Loretta Claiborne, recipient of the 1996 Arthur Ashe Award for Courage; Miroslav Volf, renowned theologian; and other noted names in the world of sport and faith.

Join us as we create space for meaningful dialogue regarding what it means to live faithfully in all areas of work and play.

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

Loretta Claiborne

Loretta Claiborne

 Miroslav Volf 

Miroslav Volf

What to expect




In 2016, the Inaugural Congress on Sport and Christianity took place in York, England, hosted by York St. John University. The event drew nearly 200 participants from 24 different nations. Best-selling author, activist, and scholar Tony Campolo delivered the opening address, setting the tone for posing questions and seeking answers in sport through the lens of authentic Christian faith. Other keynotes lectures and more than 80 additional presentations were given by scholars and practitioners, each providing new insights and reflections on the culture of sport as it relates Christian thought and life.

In 2019, we’ll continue the energetic conversation. The 2nd Global Congress, hosted by Calvin University and Hope College, will take place at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Co-Directors Brian Bolt (Calvin University) and Chad Carlson (Hope College) invite you to join the conversation.