SAGU alumnus serves as football chaplain at the University of North Carolina
Waxahachie, Texas — December 13, 2012 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Mitch Mason serves as the football chaplain at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Mason holds weekly chapel services and bible studies and mentors athletes and coaches. He says, “I get to bring Christ into a non-Christian environment through building relationships. Ministering is all about relationships.”
For Mason, football has been a career and ministry. He says, “Football is the tool God has given me to use for ministry.”
Mason began his own football career playing for Missouri Western State University (MWSU) in St. Joseph, Mo. He was selected as a free agent during the NFL draft and began playing arena football.
While playing for the Wildcats arena football team in Albuquerque, N.M., Mason was asked to coach the team. He served as the defensive coordinator for the Wildcats during the 2009 season. During his time with the Wildcats, Mason received an invitation to coach at West Point. In 2009, Mason moved to New York, where he was the West Point defensive backs’ coach for two football seasons.
While coaching at West Point, Mason received an invitation from Jeff Davis to work with Freeway Church at Clemson University in South Carolina. Davis had founded Freeway Church, a recognized campus ministry. Mason moved to Clemson in 2010 to become a campus minister. He says, “A lot of athletes attended the church. I began ministering to the football team, but soon I was ministering to the track and basketball teams. Not only was I ministering to students, but coaches as well.” Mason also became a mentor for Tigerhood, a mentorship ministry to the Clemson football team.
After three seasons at Clemson University, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) hired Mason as the first-ever chaplain to the football team at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Mason grew up in West Palm Beach, Fla. In May 1998, while recovering from an injury in Tampa, Fla., a cousin invited Mason to Covenant Worship Church, then under the direction of Jeff Davis. On Mother’s Day in 1998 Mason gave his life to the Lord.
During his time with the Wildcats, Mason and his family moved to Waxahachie, Texas, opening the opportunity for Mason to attend classes at SAGU. Mason began attending on-campus courses at SAGU in the summer of 2008 and continued his education through distance education during the football season. He graduated from SAGU with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2009.
SAGU professors greatly impacted Mason during his time at SAGU. “The professors at SAGU were spiritual role models who poured into me. Their character impacted me, and they were so authentic. They wanted to see their students succeed and grow as Christians. Their example taught me a lot about how to minister.”
He continued, “Professor Clancy Hayes taught me that Christianity is about who you are and that God can take you wherever you are and use you. Professor Diane Lewis was there to help me through a tough time and helped me become a better writer.” Mason advises current and future students to take advantage of any opportunity to build relationships with SAGU professors.
Mason and his family currently attend Chapel Hill Bible Church. Mason married his wife Chondra in May 1999. They have two children: Syndey, 9, and Riley, 8.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.