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Ministries to expand at premier facility

Head Athletic Trainer served at SAGU for 7 years

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Athletic Department at Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announced the resignation of its Director of Sports Medicine, Jaroy Carpenter, effective this spring, after a highly successful seven years.

The Lions’ Athletic Trainer has served with excellence the entire campus athletic program as well as overseeing the valued role as Athletes Outreach Director.

Carpenter has accepted the position of Director of Lakeview Camp & Conference Center, which is located just southwest of Waxahachie and near Maypearl.

He will manage all facilities, staff, operations and the year ‘round programs, which includes camps, retreats and sports camps.

“Camps have always been an important part of my life,” he said this week. “I have helped develop programs, activities and recreation as well as served as a consultant for camps across America.”

“This is a great opportunity for me to take advantage of my experience at a premier camp and retreat center,” he added.

A graduate at East Texas State University, known now as Texas A & M University-Commerce, Carpenter also served as Youth Pastor at Calvary Temple in Irving, Texas for 10 years under Pastor J. Don George.

He then founded and directed Solid Rock Resources where he traveled the nation speaking at crusades, doing illustrated sermons, camps, conventions, and leading mission's trips.

At SAGU he worked with eight intercollegiate teams - serving around 250 athletes, instructing a team of student trainers and other athletic trainers. He supervised weekly interaction with medical doctors, therapists and SAGU athletes.

Student Trainers wore shirts that read: "We Run with Scissors" and "Eat, Sleep, Tape," a reflection of Carpenter's energy and humor.

As for his time on campus, which began in 2006, he explained: “It has been an awesome opportunity to combine my work with Solid Rock Resources with the fields of athletic training and medicine.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at SAGU,” he pointed out. “It has been a collaborative effort between the athletic community’s needs and occasions for athletes to live out their faith in service projects and ministry.”

He will continue to be closely associated with SAGU Athlete Outreaches in some capacity.

The colorful Carpenter has directed SAGU’s vibrant chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, trained Recreation Representatives for summer camps nationally and spearheaded the popular Game Day Challenges, which are interactive school assemblies that involve SAGU players.

SAGU Athletic Director, Jesse Godding offers high praise

Jesse Godding, the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, has seen Carpenter’s work first-hand, from the sideline to schools and churches.

“His impact on our campus has extended beyond the confines of the athletic training room to affect numerous areas within the University,” Godding stated this week.

Coach Godding also pointed out several praiseworthy aspects of Jaroy’s work.

As an athletic trainer, Carpenter implemented and enforced policies and procedures regarding athlete safety in practice and competition.

In accordance with insurance, physicals, rehabilitation, and the building of a sports medicine team - including a team physician, employment of student workers, leading an internship program and was above reproach concerning safety.

He oversaw the remodel and expansion of SAGU’s training facilities into a venue that is admired by athletes and other trainers who visit the campus.

Carpenter provides staff for all home games, and estimated 120 this school year, as well as manning trainers at all team practices and scrimmages.

During the football season he also traveled to road games with a trailer filled with equipment, training tables along with a compliment of staff. Many times he would join Coach Godding and athletes to remain in town over the weekend to minister at churches on Sunday.

“Jaroy has been a true representative of SAGU,” Godding continued. “Here, every person is considered a minister, and he transformed and brought energy to the outreach aspect of the athletic department.”

“His leadership has marked the transformation in Game Day Challenges, FCA Weekend of Champions, SAGU Sports’ Athlete Outreaches, Camp Rec Directors for various camps."

"They have provided numerous opportunities for young men and women to minister in diverse settings,” he quipped.

During his seven-year stint Jaroy has been an ambassador for SAGU, starting with Camp-U, which still continues today.

He has spoken at various district camps and youth conventions, while continuing to administrate Camp Padre, Ski Camps, training Camp Rec Directors, and representing SAGU at Fine Arts and at General Counsel.

His drive, personality and desire to “give somebody some Jesus” will be sorely missed.

Blessed with a great sense of humor, he would encourage athletes with lines like: “It will feel good after it quits hurting.”

Contacting the Carpenters

Along with his wife, Kim and their three children; Carli (16), Cade (13) and Corbin (11), the Carpenters will remain in nearby Midlothian.

Lakeview Camp's conference facilities include campgrounds, a state-of-the art auditorium and dining facility, a fitness center offering monthly memberships, lakefront swimming activities, rope courses, ziplines, and a paintball field with equipment provided and a breathtaking, new water park.

Lodging services offer the best in lake resorts that Texas has to offer: cabins with dormitory-style accommodations as well as a 55 and 61-room pair of motels with drive-up access.

For more information on Lakeview Camp, visit  or at

He can be reached at the following e-mail destinations:, and at

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

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