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In 1990, I was called to come to a church here in Michigan to be on staff as the Director of Community Ministries. This church had done very little outreach and with my background in outreach at other churches, they wanted me to focus on reaching community people.  God led me to start an outdoor ministry.  This ministry stayed small for two years and then began to explode.  We did hunting and fishing seminars as well as many outdoor events.  In the 16 years I was there we connected with approximately 10,000 different outdoors people who came to our events, and God changed many lives through this ministry.

Other churches kept contacting me and wanted to start outdoor ministries.  Eventually I felt led by God to transition to full time using my experience to assist churches in starting outdoor ministries. In addition to that, we also believe that God could use outdoor ministry events (fishing, hunting trips, weekend outings etc.) to reach more unchurched outdoors people with the Good News of Jesus Christ and assist them in being fully devoted followers of him.

Maury DeYoung, 
Executive Director (2003-2019)
How We Began

Sportspersons Ministries International exists to connect outdoors people with God, through  trust in Jesus Christ.  We do this by offering outdoors events with a ministry focus, aiding churches in their ministry efforts, and connecting businesses who have a desire to make a difference in the lives of outdoors people.  
Our Purpose
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