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-- Baseball Chapel Leadership --


Baseball Chapel is an international ministry recognized by Major and Minor League Baseball and is responsible for the appointment and oversight of all team chapel leaders.


Was was appointed President of Baseball Chapel on December 7, 1995 after serving for two years on the Board of Directors. He is an ordained minister who spent the first part of his career in baseball management after earning a degree in Sports Administration in 1980. Vince has worked for the Amarillo Gold Sox (Texas League), Major League Baseball and as Publicity Director for the Philadelphia Phillies.


Has handled ministry operations since 2004. He created and maintains the Baseball Chapel website and manages various operations of the ministry. He earned degrees in Religious Education and Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a licensed minister. Rob also serves as a Chapel Leader in Idaho Falls.

LATINO MINISTRIES (Latin American and stateside ministry)


Began assisting Baseball Chapel in 2001 and is responsible for all ministry in Mexico and Nicaragua. He graduated from the Master's Bible College with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies and was ordained in 1995. Cali also serves as the Chapel Minister to the New York Mets.


Has handled a variety of responsibilities since 2005 including all ministry in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. He also oversees approximately half of the Major League chapel leaders. He spent four years as a Youth Pastor and Spanish Minister and is ordained. Holds a degree in Business from Clearwater Christian College. Gio also serves as the Chapel Minister to the Tampa Bay Rays.



Is responsible for the recruiting and training of the team chapel leaders. He played professional baseball from 1992-2001 prior to entering ministry as Minister to Students at Urbancrest Baptist Church where he was ordained. Steve also serves as the Chapel Leader to the Cincinnati Reds.


JESUS CELAYA coordinates effort to recruit Spanish-speaking Chapel Leaders for Spring Training Camps located in Arizona.

LISA WESTON AND COLLEEN ENDRES coordinate the Women's and Children's ministry throughout the Major and Minor Leagues.

MARIANNE D'ALONZO is the Office Administrator.

Baseball Chapel Board of Directors

DON CHRISTENSEN serves as Treasurer and was elected to the board in 2000 and is a Partner with Ronald Blue and Company.

GREG GROH was elected to the board in 1997 and is President of an organization which trains leaders around the world.

DAVE HOWARD was elected to the board in 1996 and is Vice President, Business and General Counsel for the New York Mets.

VINCE NAUSS joined the board in 1993 and serves as the President. He has worked for the Baseball Commissioner's Office and the Phillies.

WALT WILEY has served as a member of the Board since 1993. He is President of Winning With Encouragement and is former chapel leader with the Atlanta Braves.

In Memorium

WATSON SPOELSTRA led the ministry from its inception in 1973 until 1982. He was presented with the Commissioner's Trophy by Bowie Kuhn at the 1982 World Series to mark his contribution to baseball. "Waddy" went to his heavenly home on July 20, 1999 at the age of 89.

DAVE SWANSON served as Baseball Chapel's Executive Director after Watson Spoelstra retired until 1995 when he suffered a stroke. Dave went home to the Lord on February 11, 2001 at the age of 74.

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