Board of Directors

Dr. Steven Waller


Steve, is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee, where he also serves as associate department head. He has delivered several papers at CSKLS conferences over the last several years. Dr. Waller is also a board member of the International Federation of Sports Chaplains. His research interests include: 1) religious socialization as a constraint to recreation and sport participation; 2) the professionalization of sport chaplaincy; and 3) structural barriers to career mobility for minorities and women in recreation and sport organization. Professor Waller has published extensively and is a reviewer for several professional journals.

Dr. Wayne Jacobs

President – elect

Wayne is currently serving as a professor of Kinesiology at LeTourneau University. He has been a member of CSKLS since 2008, has served as a board member from 2013-2015, and has been active in presenting at each conference.  Wayne is very interested in faith integration, mentoring and spiritual health. He received his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in 1994. His research focused on demographic characteristics of health teachers in the state of Texas. His latest book is The Strong Temple: A man’s guide to spiritual and physical health.  Wayne is married to Karen (also a board member), has three adult children, is an avid Star Trek and Star Wars fan, and is learning to relax in his spare time.

Dr. Matthew Ruiz

Past President

Matthew is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition & Kinesiology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Matthew has been an active member of CSKLS since 2004 and a board member since 2010, presenting several papers at multiple conferences. Matthew’s expertise is in sport and exercise psychology, and his research interests are in the areas of performance psychology and exercise science. From 2006-2015, Matthew was a faculty member at Huntington University in Indiana. Matthew is married and has three children, loves St. Louis sports, and enjoys reading, writing, playing/watching sports, exercising and family time.

Dr. Glen Van Andel


Glen was a Professor of Recreation at Calvin College for 28 years prior to his retirement in 2008.  As a founding member of CSKLS, Glen has been involved in various roles with the organization including serving as the first President from 2004-2006, hosting several CSKLS conferences at Calvin, presenting papers and now serving as the Secretary Treasurer.  Glen is co-author several books including: Therapeutic Recreation: A practical approach and Christianity and Leisure: Issues in a pluralistic society.  In his retirement Glen is actively involved in a prison ministry and enjoys volunteering for non-profit organizations, golfing, woodworking, and spending time with children and grandchildren.

Dr. Trevor Egli

Board Member-at-Large

Dr. Trevor Egli is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sport and Fitness Leadership program at Johnson University-Tennessee, where he has been since 2013.  He received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Sport Psychology and Motor Learning) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and is certified sport psychology consultant (CC-AASP).  His research interests include the integration of spirituality/religion and sport, more specifically, how athletes and coaches utilize their faith within their sporting experience.  Trevor is married to his wife Meagan and they are expecting their first child this Spring 2017.

Dr. Cathy Headley

Board Member-at-Large

Cathy Headley is associate professor and chair of Exercise and Sport Science for 15 years at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. She teaches in multiple areas integrating health into sport and exercise. She created and directs the Senior Circuit program, an exercise program for adults over 55. This is her first year as a CSKLS board member. Cathy has been active in CSKLS as a reviewer of presentations and awards chair. Cathy and her husband Dennis have 2 children, Zak and Luke. Her interests include exercise, kayaking, and gardening.

Dr. Julie Powell

Board Member-at-Large

Julie is a Professor of Sport Management at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, but also teaches courses in teacher education and health. Julie has had the pleasure of developing the undergraduate sport management program at Union since its inception in 1999 and the addition of an emphasis on the graduate level in sport leadership. After spending many years staffing events such as the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship, the NAIA Softball National Championship, AAU basketball, high school, and community recreational sports, Julie is now focused on providing these types of experiences for her students which was exemplified in the Union Sport Management Program being invited to complete a service-learning project at the 2015 Inaugural College Football Championship in North Texas. In her free time Julie loves to travel which has included trips to all 50 states and all the Major League Baseball parks and is now attempting to complete a road race in every state.

Dr. Karen Jacobs

Board Member-at-Large

Karen is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at LeTourneau University. She has attended and presented at CSKLS conferences since 2012. Her research interests include faith integration, servant leadership, and pedagogy for improving the classroom experience for students. After serving in administrative roles for many years, Karen is now focusing on teaching and mentoring students.

Dr. Andrew Meyer

Board Member-at-Large

Andrew R. Meyer (PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2010) is currently an Assistant Professor of Sport Foundations at Baylor University teaching in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation. His research examines the interplay between athletes, contemporary American sport culture and religion. More specifically, he examines how historical muscular Christian values and themes persist in contemporary American sport, and evidenced through media representations of athlete hero-icons. His research and publication areas include sport ideology in the contemporary social context, muscular Judaism, Radical Orthodoxy, sport media, disability and health in religious contexts, and meaning creation at “for-cause” athletic events. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Sport and Society, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, and Practical Theology, as well as book chapters in sport history and sport policy compilations.