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Steve Sanford SWLA FCA Area Director

Steve has been involved with FCA since he attended summer camp in high school. He understands the great influence coaches and athletes can have on a culture when they are living for Jesus Christ. He has been a self-employed businessman since 1976 when he moved to Southwest Louisiana to carry on the family business of graduation supplies and class rings. Steve and his wife, Denise, have been volunteering for FCA since 1985 in area high schools and began a huddle at McNeese State University in 2003. In 2005, with the help of a volunteer board of area Christian business men and women, Southwest Louisiana became an official FCA area.

Since 2008, Steve has been serving as the Area Director for Southwest Louisiana FCA along with continuing to run his business with the help of his two sons and business partner, Charlie Phillips, who are all also volunteers for the local FCA ministry. Charlie is the area volunteer for FCA Baseball. Steve's oldest son, Clint, is the Southwest Louisiana Huddle Leader for FCA Endurance and a SWLA FCA Advisory Board member. Steve’s youngest son, Cris, hosts a weekly bible study for McNeese State University student athletes and also serves on the Advisory Board. 

Steve serves the Student Athlete Mentor for the McNeese Athletic Department as well as the chaplain for all the teams at McNeese State University which includes traveling with the McNeese Football Team and hosting Game Day Chapels for each sport for home games. In addition, Steve provides a monthly McNeese coaches / administrative staff Champions Luncheon, a monthly All Athlete FCA meeting in the Field House, and oversees a weekly Bible Study led by FCA Volunteers for each sport.  

Denise has been serving on staff part time as the administrative assistant since 2005. She has also worked alongside Steve since the early 80's volunteering. In addition to her administrative work, Denise also helps with the McNeese State University huddle and is best known for her "homemade" chocolate chip cookies she brings each week to the huddle meetings.

Steve and Denise were married in 1974 and have three grown and married children, all of whom are actively involved in the FCA ministry. They are also the proud Dude and Meme to ten beautiful grandchildren.

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Southwest Louisiana FCA
 4933 Fernwood Dr
 Lake Charles, LA 70605
 Phone: 337-480-4048
 Steve Sanford
 Area Director
 Denise Sanford
 Administrative Assistant