FCA Wrestling Director
Former Associate Head Wrestling Coach at University of Illinois
2000 Division 1 NCAA Champion
"I am both amazed and humbled as I see God open doors of opportunity in this area of ministry" says Carl Perry, FCAW Director as of April, 2011. Carl's dedication to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes began as a college athlete; his story a perfect example of the impact he knows FCA can have on an individual's life and future.
At the age of 16, Carl made what he refers to as "the most significant, life-changing decision" of his life – accepting Christ as his personal Savior. So when he left Virginia (his home state) to begin his freshman year and wrestling career at the University of Illinois, he also went searching for a place he could grow spiritually, a place that felt like "a fit" for him. Head wrestling coach, Mark Johnson, connected Carl with an FCA huddle leader and after a few weeks of involvement, Carl knew his search was over. Carl says, "I found a group of people who shared a common interest in Christ and sports. I found a leader who knew how to communicate in a way that spoke to me. He knew what I was dealing with, and understood the challenges of being a student athlete." Looking back, Carl can clearly see the groundwork that was being laid to prepare him for the ministry of FCAW. "I know, without a doubt, that through God's provisions and blessings, the ministry of FCAW can impact and transform lives." His own life is a testament to that fact.
Perry received a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management, and a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership. His four-year wrestling career at the University of Illinois included honors of two-time All-American, finishing in the top 20 for career wins, and 2000 Division 1 NCAA Champion. Carl, first and foremost, attributes his abilities and achievements to God. Even in some of his most challenging times (injuries, defeats, etc.), he didn't lose sight of the possibilities he knew God had for his life -- whether in wrestling or something else. "Whatever success I've had in the sport of wrestling or elsewhere, I know God has allowed it with a greater purpose in mind -- a purpose with eternal value."
Carl currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina and loves family time with his wife Jamie and two children Breanna and Bryce. When a little free time happens, he enjoys boating, fishing, golf, and working out with area wrestlers.