Seahorse Staff

DANIEL CHRISTENSON

Daniel grew up in Seattle, WA. He played collegiate soccer at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA where he was also an assistant coach in 2018. As well as college coaching, Daniel has experience coaching youth from ages 2-18 and hopes to use his platform as a coach to share his faith with others. Daniel played two years with the SoCal Seahorses PDL team in 2017 & 2018. 

I was first introduced to MAI through the SoCal Seahorses PDL team. During my time with the seahorses I was given the opportunity to coach camps and clinics. During college I had experience coaching youth players of all ages, but never had the opportunity to share my faith to the kids I was coaching. Through this experience with the Seahorses I saw the opportunity to use soccer to communicate the gospel. After two seasons as a player I felt the Lord calling me to sports ministry in SoCal, specifically to work with youth soccer players.


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 AND 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!


Seahorse Interns

Tyrone Martin

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.