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About Us

Team Faith is a non-profit multi-faceted Outreach Ministry that impacts people who are enthusiastic about Action Sports. We started in 1994 in the Pro Personal Watercraft Racing industry and have migrated to the Pro Motocross Racing and Freestyle Motocross industries respectively. Team Faith’s vision is to establish evangelism teams of action sports athletes led by “Pit Pastors” (Chaplains), to infiltrate professional racing circuits and other action sports events.

In addition to ministering and competing on the National Arenacross Series, We have also competed on the Supercross Series with Kevin Johnson as our premier rider. Kevin Johnson is the 2008 X Games Gold Medalist in the Speed and Style Competition. 2011 saw the addition of Kelly Smith as our Arenacross/Supercross rider who won Arenacross Main Events in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2012 we signed Jeff Gibson to our Arenacross program and he finished 2nd in the Championship with multiple wins.  In 2014 Gavin Gracyk replaced Jeff Gibson (who retired) on our Arenacross Program.

Team Faith also competes and provides Spiritual Services for the GNCC Off-Road Racing Series, where our UTV racing efforts have brought us the 2009 GNCC Lites Limited UTV Championship and the 2011 GNCC Lites UTV Championship with driver/Pit Pastor Chuck Lemaster and navigator Brian O’Rourke.

We also compete and minister to the Hydro Turf Watercross National Tour watercraft racing series.  In 2010, in our first season back into racing PWC, founder Brian O’ won the Pro Hydo-X Racing Tour Sport Spec Championship. In 2013 Kelly Smith tried his hand at racing watercraft as well and finished 3rd in Overall Points for the Hydro Turf Watercross Nationals in both the Sport Spec and the Sport Open Spec classes and won the US National Championship in the Sport Open Spec class in Charlestoin, WV. He also finished 4th Overall in the same class at the IJSBA World Finals. Brian O’ finished 2nd in Overall Points for the Hydro Turf Watercross Nationals in both Sport Spec and Sport Open Spec classes and finished 7th Overall in the same class at the IJSBA World Finals.

Our FMX team has performed over 250 evangelistic jump shows at festivals, fairs, corporate events, churches and youth groups all over the country.

Our Team

Brian O’
Position: Founder/President/Team Manager
Series: AX, H20, SX, Dew AST, MXWC, X Games, FMX shows
City: Mt. Juliet
State: Tennesee
Status: Married to Monica
Children: no.

About Us

Team Faith is a non-profit multi-faceted Outreach Ministry that impacts people who are enthusiastic about Action Sports. We started in 1994 in the Pro Personal Watercraft Racing industry and have migrated to the Pro Motocross Racing and Freestyle Motocross industries respectively. Team Faith’s vision is to establish evangelism teams of action sports athletes led by “Pit Pastors” (Chaplains), to infiltrate professional racing circuits and other action sports events.

In addition to ministering and competing on the National Arenacross Series, We have also competed on the Supercross Series with Kevin Johnson as our premier rider. Kevin Johnson is the 2008 X Games Gold Medalist in the Speed and Style Competition. 2011 saw the addition of Kelly Smith as our Arenacross/Supercross rider who won Arenacross Main Events in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2012 we signed Jeff Gibson to our Arenacross program and he finished 2nd in the Championship with multiple wins.  In 2014 Gavin Gracyk replaced Jeff Gibson (who retired) on our Arenacross Program.

Team Faith also competes and provides Spiritual Services for the GNCC Off-Road Racing Series, where our UTV racing efforts have brought us the 2009 GNCC Lites Limited UTV Championship and the 2011 GNCC Lites UTV Championship with driver/Pit Pastor Chuck Lemaster and navigator Brian O’Rourke.

We also compete and minister to the Hydro Turf Watercross National Tour watercraft racing series.  In 2010, in our first season back into racing PWC, founder Brian O’ won the Pro Hydo-X Racing Tour Sport Spec Championship. In 2013 Kelly Smith tried his hand at racing watercraft as well and finished 3rd in Overall Points for the Hydro Turf Watercross Nationals in both the Sport Spec and the Sport Open Spec classes and won the US National Championship in the Sport Open Spec class in Charlestoin, WV. He also finished 4th Overall in the same class at the IJSBA World Finals. Brian O’ finished 2nd in Overall Points for the Hydro Turf Watercross Nationals in both Sport Spec and Sport Open Spec classes and finished 7th Overall in the same class at the IJSBA World Finals.

Our FMX team has performed over 250 evangelistic jump shows at festivals, fairs, corporate events, churches and youth groups all over the country.

Our Team

Brian O’
Position: Founder/President/Team Manager
Series: AX, H20, SX, Dew AST, MXWC, X Games, FMX shows
City: Mt. Juliet
State: Tennesee
Status: Married to Monica
Children: no.

Lary Dean

Position: Team Road Pastor/ Pit Pastor
Series: AX, SX, Dew AST, MXWC, X Games, FMX shows
City: Joliet
State: Illinois
Status: Married to Rhonda
Children: Steven, Asherah, Michael, Lauren

Kevin Johnson

Position: FMXer/Pit Pastor
Series: AX, SX, MXWC, X Games, FMX shows
City: Tomball
State: Texas
Status: Married to Seana
Children: Presley, Gavin, Kenlie, Emmaline

Kelly Smith

Position: Racer,/Pit Pastor
Series: AX, SX, H2O, FMX Shows
City: Ludington
State: Michigan
Status: Married to Kristen
Children: Arianna, Leyton and Evan

Dawson Newby

Position: Racer
Series: AX, H2O, Local CO Series
City: Eaton
State: Colorado
Status: Single
Children: None

Monica O’Rourke
Position: Director of Public Relations
Series: ALL
City: Mt. Juliet
State: Tennessee
Status: Married to Brian O’
Children: no

Jason Newby

Position: Pit Pastor/Mechanic
Series: AX, H2O, Local CO Series
City: Eaton
State: Colorado
Status: Married to Jodi
Children: Kyli, Dawson

Chuck Lemaster

Position: Pit Pastor/Mechanic/UTV Pilot/GNCC Bike racer
Series: AX,GNCC Series, FMX shows
City: Sale Creek
State: Tennessee
Status: Single
Children: Trevor

Kyle Wilt

Position: Local Pit Pastor/AX Mechanic
Series: AX, Local TX Series, FMX Shows
City: Decatur
State: Texas
Status: Married to Amanda Jo
Children: None

Dylan Rouse

Position: Racer

Series: AX. SX, Local MX Series
City: Florence
State: Kentucky
Status: Married to Kimberly
Children: None

Jeff McPhail

Position: Racer
Series:  H2O, 
City: Cumming,
State: Georgia
Status: Married to Candice
Children: MacKayla, Bradley

Onsite Ministry

Chaplaincy Programs

 

The original calling from God to Team Faith was to influence Pro racers to use thier God-given talent to glorify Him. Strategically, this is accomplished through our “Pit Pastors” who implement our Chaplaincy Programs at Pro events all over the US and Canada.

A Chaplain for the event has several duties:

  1. He is consistent to appear at each and every event in a particular Series on a particular circuit. Consistency is the only way we are able to gain the trust of the riders, mechanics, families and industry personnel that participate in the events. It may even take years to have a “spiritual breakthrough” on a Series, but rarely it happens unless the participants can come to know and depend on the Chaplain to be there when they feel a need to share thier lives with him.

  2. He preaches the Word of God Being bold enough to preach the Word is the only weapon against the enemy we have in our arsenal to thwart his efforts to keep this people group in the dark. Although many of these riders have not been to church because their lifestyle is to race every weekend, they are receptive to the Word of God. We have discovered that they truly desire to know God. Unfortunately, their perception of church, and ministers in particular is determined by what they have seen on TV, and heard about through the media. The true and living Word is the only thing that is capable of changing their perceptions.

  3. He prays for everyone and makes it known that he is available for prayer and counsel anytime Typically, we station our Pit Pastors near the staging area for each race during the event so as to maximize our impact to pray with each and every rider, provided they indeed request prayer. Most riders want to prayed for before entering the race course.

  4. He gets to know the riders and participants of the Series Practice sessions are a good time to casually mingle and get to know riders throughout the year as it is a low-stress event that riders are more at ease. There are other times a Pit Pastor will strategically make himself available throughout the event as well. It is the duty of each Pit Pastor to discern the best times to visit and socialize with the various members of the participants of each event, as to maximize his opportunities to be available for Christian Counsel to those individuals.

  5. He must share the Gospel At some point during the Series, a Pit Pastor must give an opportunity for the participants to respond to the Gospel.

How are people going to be saved if they don’t hear the Gospel and have an opportunity to make a profession of their faith?

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Truth

God’s Plan of Salvation

(Eternal Fellowship with Him)

The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven. Now that may sound rigid or harsh, but it’s true!

Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

No matter how good a person you are, good works cannot get you into Heaven.

“For it is by grace you are saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

You see, God is so perfect and pure and Holy that He cannot be in the presence of sin. And He is so fair and just that He will judge everyone by the same standard, which is perfection! Since man is not, nor has ever been perfect, we are all going to be judged and sentenced to hell for our disobedience to God. If you’ve ever done even just one thing against His standard than you are, by definition a sinner, and God’s wrath remains upon you as judgement for doing what is wrong in His eyes.. That’s why we need Jesus. Jesus is God in the form of a man who came to this earth to live a holy and blameless perfect life. By dying on the cross, He took on the sins of the world as a substitute for us in the eyes of the Father!

To get to Heaven you must trust (accept) Jesus Christ! Here’s what you must do:

  1. Admit you are a sinner (that you do not follow God’s commandments).

    “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)

    “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)

    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)

  2. Be willing to turn from your sin (repent or stop doing what God says is wrong).

    Jesus said: “I tell you, no, unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)

    “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent:” (Acts 17:30)

  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

    “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

    “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)

  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Savior.

    “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)

    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
     

What to pray:

Dear God, I am a sinner and need to be forgiven. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite you Jesus to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, as a Christian you should:

  1. Read your Bible often to get to know Christ better.

    “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)

    “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalms 119:105)

  2. Talk to God often in prayer (about everything going on in your life!)

    “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22)

    “Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

  3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.

    “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19)

    “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)

    “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)

  4. Tell others about what Christ has doone for you! (don’t worry about what you don’t know…focus on what you do know! TELL YOUR STORY!)

    “And he said unto them, Go into the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

    “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of: for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me, if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)
     

If you prayed the prayer above and accepted Christ as your Savior, will you please email us with the great news?! We’d like to send you a bible and keep in touch with you just in case you have questions. OK? Thanks! And God Bless!

Cool Shots

FMX Shows

In 2000, Team Faith started performing FREESTYLE MX Exhibitions at Youth Groups and other venues. Since then we have performed over 150 shows including Tours such as the Festival Con Dios Tour which visited 34 markets in 2002 and 24 markets in 2003. In 2004 and 2005 we performed at Festivals such as Spirit West Coast in Del Mar, CA which brought in over 45,000 spectators over a three day period, and Lifefest in Oshkosh, WI which brought in over 100,000 spectators over a three day period and Lifelightfest in Sioux Falls, SD which exceeded 200,000 people over a four day period.

Although those performances were primarily to Christian-oriented crowds, Team Faith has a burden to take its shows to more secular arenas in an effort to use the sport of motorcycle jumping to preach the Gospel to enthusiasts whom may have never heard the Gospel before.It is our goal to form alliances with such ministries as First Priority Ministries, Young Life, AWANAS, Campus Crusades for Christ, and others in an effort to reach the lost with the Gospel by utilizing extreme sports as the platform.

 

EVANGELISM via EXTREME SPORTS


Our goal is to STAND OUT – Appear similar, yet not the same as other FMX teams in an effort to be set apart from the rest of the world enjoying Action Sports.

John 17:15 I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one. 16 They  are not of the world even as I am not of the world

 

Once we accomplish that goal, we PREACH THE WORD – Take every opportunity to utilize the gifts and talents God has given to speak the Truth in love to those who look up to you as an athlete so as to point towards your relationship with Christ.

Team Faith is available to perform Extreme Freestyle Jump Shows.

Here is what we offer:

  • Ramp to ramp capability

  • Testimonies given by each ride

  • Professional Emcee to call the show

  • Professional image

  • Posters to autograph

  • Presentation of the Gospel including invitation

  • 3-4 25-minute shows per day included

  • Souvenirs and merchandise available

  • $1 million commercial liability insurance policy

  • 2-3 Christian Motocycle Riders

We require the following:

  • Adequate sound system /PA to accomadate reaching the number of spectators in attendance

  • Area of 300′ x 75′ to perform (crowd needs to be 30′ away from any point of liability)

  • Fencing or other efficient barrier around performance area

  • 1 20-amp 110vac circuit if electricity

  • Area to set up a 20′ x 10′ tent for merchandise sales

Variables which effect cost are:

  • Number of riders needed

  • Number of days to perform (insurance rates are higher for multiple day events)

  • Ramp to Ramp versus Ramp to Dirt landing

Base cost is $12,000 for 3 riders – as many shows we can do in one day (3 or 4)

Are you ready to book Team Faith for an Evangelistic Jumpshow?

Contact: Brian O’ at 865-671-3066

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Team Faith Ministries

118 N. Peters Rd. #177

Knoxville, TN 37923

865.671.3066

info@teamfaith.com

 
 

Our Mission

Our Mission is to lead by example, expressing that our Faith in God and the power of The Holy Spirit influences us to witness to others interested in the sport of racing, and other “Extreme Sports”, so they may know Christ, grow in their walk with Christ, and pursue a personal relationship with Him. Our Mission is to lead extreme sports athletes to Christ and disciple them so that they will in-turn, lead others involved in or interested in the sport to Christ.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to establish Evangelism teams of Action Sports athletes which are led by “Pit Pastors”, (Chaplains), to infiltrate professional racing circuits and other Action Sports events all over the US and Canada. Their purpose is to represent Christ and present His Gospel to people interested in extreme sports. Additionally, our vision is to establish a Team Faith Training Facility where we could then train future Pit Pastors and action athletes how to influence their congregations via implementation of our various Team Faith Outreach Programs.

ATHLETES are ROLE MODELS

In 1994 God laid on Team Faith Founder Brian O’Rourke’s heart to INFLUENCE the INFLUENCERS with the message of Christ. The INFLUENCERS are professional athletes. Professional athletes in high-profile positions in the EXTREME SPORTS arenas have tremendous IMPACT on the lives of the young people that idolize them. In order to fulfill the Vision we must strategically implement ministry Outreach Programs to maximize our opportunities to witness.

STEP 1. INFILTRATE the venues of Extreme Sports in an effort to sow into the lives of the athletes by bringing the Gospel to them so they have an opportunity to accept Christ and make Christ the Lord of their lives.

Matthew 28:19-20 Go then, and make disciples of all the nations, giving them baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to keep all the rules which I have given you: and see, I am ever with you, even to the end of the world.

  • GO – because they won’t come to you, nor will they likey come to the church.

  • ESTABLISH CREDIBILITY – COMMIT to a Series and consistently invest in the lives of the participants of that series.

  • PREACH THE WORD – do not compromise. Do not be intimidated by their status as an athlete.

  • BE AVAILABLE – strategically place oneself in a position to be seen and to be approached in an effort to offer assistance in every way

  • PARTICIPATE – be an active participant of the event.
     

STEP 2. ENCOURAGE AND EDUCATE born-again athletes to recognize that God has given each one of us gifts, talents, and resources for the purpose of being used to further the Kingdom.

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

  • EQUIP – disciple and mentor athletes through our Chaplaincy Program

  • BE AN EXAMPLE – show them how it’s possible to Glorify God and be a professional athlete.

  • USE THE SPORT AS A PLATFORM from which to preach the Gospel.

  • EVANGELIZE to everyone at the event via your participation of the event.
     

STEP 3. USE THE EXCITEMENT THE SPORT GENERATES AS A PLATFORM from which to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • EVANGELIZE – strategically place committed, called Christian Athletes in a position to represent Christ via participation in the sport.

  • BELONG – create a professional image that shows everyone you belong in the sport.

  • BE BOLD – take every opportunity given to proclaim Christ because of athletic status.

  • REPRESENT CHRIST – in all aspects of participation of the event.
     

EVANGELISM via EXTREME SPORTS

STEP 1. PARTICIPATE – form a Team of Christians to compete or participate in the sport and allow Christ’s light to shine through the Team.

STEP 2. CHOOSE STRATEGICALLY – high-profile series or sports venues for maximum exposure to as many people as possible via Television coverage, print media coverage and live audience exposure.

STEP 3. STAND OUT – appear similar, yet not the same as other teams in an effort to be set apart from the rest of the participants.

John 17:15 I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.

STEP 4. PREACH THE WORD – take every opportunity to utilize the gifts and talents God has given to speak the Truth in love to those who look up to you as an athlete so as to point towards your relationship with Christ.