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 College.

This ecumenical gathering of sport administrators, coaches, athletes, pastors and theologians seeks not only to explore the mutual impact of belief and sport, but to affect a cultural shift in modern sport and the role it plays in a life of faith.

We will hear from noted sports figure Loretta Claiborne, recipient of the 1996 Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, Dr. Scott Kretchmar, one of the leading sport philosophers in the world, author and pastor Gary L. Thomas, and renowned theologian Miroslav Volf.

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


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 College and Hope College, will take place at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Co-Directors Brian Bolt (Calvin College) and Chad Carlson (Hope College) invite you to join the conversation.