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Board of Directors

Dr. Wayne Jacobs

President (2019-2021)

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, has three adult children, is an avid Star Trek and Star Wars fan, and is learning to relax in his spare time.


Dr. Steven Waller

Past-President (2019-2021)

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 multiple 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. Andrew Meyer

President-Elect (2019-2021)

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.


Dr. Matthew D. Ruiz

Treasurer (2019-2021)

Matthew is the director of graduate studies in exercise and nutrition science and a tenured professor of kinesiology at Lipscomb University.  Matthew previously served CSKLS as a board member at large from 2011-2014, as president from 2015-2017, and as conference host in 2017 and 2021. Matthew is a certified performance coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation. He earned an MBA degree from Lipscomb in 2018, a PhD in sport psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2008, an MS in sport psychology from Springfield College in 2001, and a BS from Lipscomb in exercise science and athletic training in 1999. Matthew’s recent research includes 1) psychotheology of losing, and 2) experiences of race and covert racism in Division 1 athletics.


Dr. Landon Huffman

Secretary (2019-2021)

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Dr. Marc Apkarian

Board Member-at-Large (2020-2021)

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Dr. Dale Connally

Board Member-at-Large (2020-2023)

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Dr. Randy Dietz

Board Member-at-Large (2018-2021)

Dr. Randy Dietz is an Assistant Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University where he served as department head for 10 years until stepping down in 2017. He received his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of New Mexico as well as coaching Baseball for the Lobos. His research interests include religious attitudes among college students and preparing students for graduate school or their chosen career. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his bride of 31 years, Susan and playing disc golf whenever he can.


Dr. Cathy Headley

Board Member-at-Large (2020-2023)


Dr. Monica O’Rourke

Board Member-at-Large (2019-2022)


Prof. Lori Peters

Board Member-at-Large (2019-2022)


Ms. Grace Zimmerman

Student-Board Member (2020-2021)