About whouwith

About the Ministry

WhoUWith? Ministry is a non-profit organization established in August 2001 that works directly with the student/athletes and coaches at Vanderbilt and Belmont University. We provide weekly Bible studies with sport specific coaches and athletes, faith-based character development, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. We challenge them in their walk with Christ and encourage them to invest in the lives of not only their teammates, but their classmates, family, and their surrounding community.

We like to describe our purpose with three core values: Invest, Inspire and Impact. When student athletes arrive on a college campus we look to Invest in their lives by attending practices, one-on-one meetings, and having the athletes into our homes for dinner. Through our time of investing, we hope to build a level of trust that encourages the student/athlete to attend our weekly Bible studies or team chapel services where God can begin to Inspire their hearts towards a life of following Christ. With our ministry celebrating 14 years of service, we are starting to see the Impact of our investing in their lives and God inspiring their hearts.

Our Core Values

We like to describe what we do with three core values: Invest, Inspire and Impact. When student athletes arrive on a college campus we look to Invest in their lives by attending practices, one-on-one meetings, and having the athletes into our homes for dinner. Through our time of investing, we hope to build a level of trust that encourages the student/athlete to attend our weekly Bible studies or team chapel services where God can begin to Inspire their hearts towards a life of following Christ. With our ministry celebrating 14 years of service, we are starting to see the Impact of our investing in their lives and God inspiring their hearts. We currently have former student/athletes who work in the business districts of Chicago, New York, and Nashville while others play professional baseball and football. There is even one former student/athlete serving as a missionary to Columbia, South America. We have a Naval Commander stationed in Italy where he leads a weekly Bible study on base.

Missions Trips & Acts of Service

In 2012, Who U With sent Vanderbilt athletes on our first spring break trip in partnership with Homes for Hope in Ensenada, Mexico. We started and completed a home for a young, homeless couple and their 8-month-old son. Our second trip in 2013 was to an orphanage in Jeremy, Haiti. We spent the week investing in over 100 orphans and assisting in simple construction projects. In 2014, we traveled to Peru and partnered with a former Vanderbilt athlete (’88) who has been serving as a missionary to the Lima, Peru region for 8+ years. This past year we did our first domestic mission trip to New York City. We partnered with Graffiti Ministries and served in some of the toughest areas of New York: the Bronx and Brownsville.

You may have seen on the SEC Network where we recently assisted the Vanderbilt University athletic department with their efforts to help the Columbia, SC flood victims. Our ministry raised the $2,500 necessary for the semi-truck, driver, and fuel. In one day, our athletes loaded the semi-truck with over 2,400 cases of bottled waters that were donated by the greater Nashville community in the flood relief campaign.

Our Home

After working in donated office space for our first four years, Who U With moved into a small house in the summer of ’05. The impact of having a “home” for our ministry and a place for student/athletes to meet in small groups and one-on-one with staff was immeasurable! Early this year (’15) we were told that our little house was going to be leveled to make way for an office building. What seemed to be the end of our greatest tool of ministry (outside of our staff) was only the beginning of a new journey to a new and improved facility. We are now located less than 500 yards from the athletic facilities and have bigger and better space to serve our coaches and athletes. For example, we currently have 50-70 student/athletes representing every team on campus attending our Tuesday night meetings.

Board of Directors

Todd Hunley, Chairman

Chick-fil-a , Rivergate
Chick-fil-a , Rivergate

Phil Wilson, Vice-Chairman

The Bridge Fellowship
Senior Pastor

Patrick Parker, Secretary

Hardaway Construction
Attorney

Bill Anderson

Peachtree Financial Planning

Derek Bell

Surgery Partners
Vice President of Finance

Chris Booker

XMi Capital
President

Robert Butler

Nashville Sporting Goods

Wally Conyers

Regions Bank
Vice-President and Relationship Manager

John Markham

CapStar Bank’s Commercial Lending Group
Relationship Manager

Jeff Walker

WWH Investments
Owner
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