Interns & Volunteers
Josh & Adriana Ayers
Josh played with the Seahorses in their 2013 season. Josh and his wife loved their time in the organization. With his wife and her entire family being from Ecuador, and his from the Midwest, it was difficult to make a career decision after graduating in May 2014. Both have a desire to serve the Lord as a priority. After searching and asking for God´s direction, it was clear they were to pursue this opportunity presented by the MAI SoCal Seahorses. Josh has felt called to serve the Lord ever since he became a Christian 6 years ago. They are excited to put all of their God-given desires, talents, and gifts into motion serving the Lord and the people He loves in Southern California.
Bill and Lisa Galipault
Bill and Lisa Galipault first joined Seahorse staff in 1988 spending five years in L.A. followed by 6 years in the Czech Republic helping churches learn how to use soccer as part of their local outreach. Bill came back on staff in 2011 after working with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serving on a church pastoral staff. His current focus is on directing Seahorse Soccer Camps, leading a team each year to the Czech Republic, working with sports ministry training and office administration. Bill has coached youth, high school, college and adult amateur teams over the years and holds a National Level Diploma from the NSCAA. He recently earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree focusing on sports ministry from Azusa Pacific Seminary. Bill and Lisa have been married for 32 years and have three grown daughters.
Paul & Vickie Gizzi
Paul & Vickie Gizzi relocated to Los Angeles from the San Francisco Bay area in 1992 after serving as a principal and administrator at Contra Costa Christian High School. Paul grew up in Japan where his parents were missionaries to the Japanese as well as to US military personnel. Paul and Vicki both attended Biola University. Paul was a standout goalkeeper at Biola and played professionally for four years in the North American Soccer League with the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes. He has led tours to Japan every summer since 1996. Vickie works at the Seahorse MAI Headquarter office and serves the mission in many ways. Paul and Vickie reside in La Habra, CA and have four children: Ginny, Jaclyn, Glenn and Stephen.
Kelsea and Brandon Gonzalez
Growing up as a Missionary Athletes International kid, Kelsea witnessed what Seahorse Soccer ministry was doing, and was deeply impacted on a personal level. While home for summer from Seattle Pacific University, Kelsea met and fell in love with PDL player, “Coach B,” Brandon Gonzalez at a Seahorse Soccer camps. The two continued dating and married once Kelsea graduated from SPU with a degree in Visual Communications. Kelsea worked in her field for three years, all while coaching High School Girls soccer alongside Brandon. Through several occurances, the Lord moved Kelsea and Brandon back to Southern California in 2015 from Seattle WA. Once back home in Southern California, the two prayed about Kelsea’s joining Seahorses and after prayer and consideration, God confirmed His calling and Kelsea is now designing at Seahorses. Kelsea is excited for what the Lord has in store for the Seahorse office and is thrilled to apply her skillset as a graphic designer as well as her previous experience as a tour player, camp coach, and PDL volunteer.
Mark and Debby Schrock
Mark and Debby Schrock have been a part of Missionary Athletes International (MAI) from its inception in 1983, when Mark served on the first Board of Directors. In 1993, the Schrocks joined staff and moved to MAI’s headquarters in Colorado Springs where they served for 10 years. In a strategic move, MAI moved part of its Headquarters to Charlotte, NC and part to La Mirada, CA.
The Schrocks joined the Southern California staff in 2003. Mark’s main responsibilities are helping direct the LA urban ministry, help lead the PDL program as General Manager of team and lead on an interim basis as office leader in LA. Mark is also involved with the local Seahorse ministry helping out with various administrative and strategic planning endeavors.
Mark was an All-American soccer player at Biola University having caught the love for the game in Argentina where he grew up as a missionary’s kid. He worked for 17 years as an administrator, teacher, and coach at Whittier Christian High School before joining MAI. Mark has a Masters in Administration from Cal State Fullerton. The Schrocks have four children, of which three are married: Trevor, Brady (Michelle), Courtney (Andrew) and Kelsea (Brandon) and grandchildren Sophie and Harry.
Kelly and Stephanie Warner
Kelly comes to us from Whittier Area Community Church where he has held the position of Sports/Men’s Pastor for 15 years. His responsibilities there included promoting, maintaining and managing the WACC sports leagues comprised of over 600 youth; recruiting and training volunteers; fundraising, managing the sports office staff and performing pastoral responsibilities. Kelly increased the sports league membership by 200% and recruited over 1000 volunteers during his tenure. Kelly will continue in his position with WACC while he goes through his support-raising process. Mark Schrock will continue to act as the LA Office Director until Kelley assumes his position in January.
Kelly’s involvement with the LA office and the Seahorses goes back over 20 years when he participated on a Seahorses Japan outreach tour and played on the Seahorses amateur team for three years. He has participated on other outreach tours to Malawi and Sweden with other sports organizations. Kelly is an active member of Whittier Area Community Church.
Kelly is a graduate of Rio Hondo College with a degree in Fire Science. Kelly is a trained firefighter and licensed EMT. Kelly lives with his wife, Stephanie and three children, in Whittier, CA.
Please join us in welcoming Kelly to MAI!
Tyrone Martin hails from Indianapolis, IN. Success came early for the versatile young player whose team, the Carmel United of Indiana won back-to-back national championships at the US Academy level featuring him in both attacking and defending positions. Tyrone spent his collegiate years at San Diego State and at Indiana Wesleyan University. He was voted top 100 in the nation as a defender in his freshman year and also received a 1st team All-American Award for NAIA in his senior year as a forward. In conclusion of his studies, he received his bachelor’s degree in social work from IWU. Tyrone is currently the captain of our PDL Seahorses Men’s Soccer team. He is thrilled to have the impact of a Christian mentor on the lives of many who come in contact with him on and off the field and through our ministries. He hopes that the children not only will grow as a soccer player but also as a young men or women during his coaching sessions.