Board of Directors

Cathy Garrick, Chairman of the Board, Wasilla, AK
Bud Smith, Orchard Park, NY
Jim Gove, Sacramento, CA
John Gizzio, Aston, PA
Steve Nuernberg, Greenville, SC
Willie Weiler, Myerstown, PA
Daniel List: Santa Maria, CA
David Gordon: Sport X Change Missionary, West Palm Beach, FL
Diane Gordon: Sport X Change Co-founder (non board member)

Cathy Garrick has been associated with Sport X Change for 38 years.

Cathy is a pilot with UPS. She lives in Wasilla, AK and flies around the world in a 747. Cathy was born and raised in Virginia. Her father was a pastor. In college she excelled in sports and music. She went on her first missions trip with Sport X Change in 1977 and continued serving with Sport X Change on five more ministry outreaches. Twenty five years later Cathy reunited with Sport X Change. She has served on several more ministries to different countries in Latin America. Cathy understands the life of a missionary, and she is very wise in her counsel. She is a generous and cheerful supporter and has a strong compassion for the unsaved.

Jim Gove has been associated with Sport X Change for 49 years.

Jim and his wife Carol are realtors in Sacramento, CA. They have two married sons, Randy and Brent, and one married daughter, Darce. Jim has been on many Sport X Change ministries and has been a vital ingredient to our foundation. In 1966 Jim first served on the board of directors of Sport X Change and was treasurer/bookkeeper. He met Jim Gordon at Scott Memorial Baptist Church (pastored by Tim LaHaye and Art Peters) in San Diego while playing in a weekly men’s basketball fellowship that met every Friday. His experience has helped Sport X Change stay focused on its mission. In 1999 Jim was the acting chairman of the Board of Directors when the co-founder, Jim Gordon, went home to be with the Lord. He has served on the board for a total of 28 years with 11 of those as chairman.

Bud Smith has been associated with Sport X Change for 38 years.

Bud and Peggy have 3 married children and 9 wonderful grandchildren! Bud’s special interest in athletics has opened some interesting ministry opportunities including serving as chaplain of the New York Jets football team and the Long Island Ducks minor league baseball team. He received his BA from Wheaton College and his M. Div. and doctoral studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Bud first met Jim and Diane in 1977 through Bob and Sally Angle while pastoring Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church in Burbank, CA. He moved to Long Island in 1978 and pastored Dix Hills Evangelical Free Church for 27 years. Since November of 2005 he has been serving in the EFCA Pastoral Care Ministries department providing support and assistance to EFCA pastors, missionaries and staff members. He retired from full-time EFCA ministry duties August 1, 2014, and was hired back for part-time ministry duties August 2, 2014!

John Gizzio has been associated with Sport X Change for over 20 years.

John Gizzio and his family live in the Philadelphia area. He is one of the principles of a specialized insurance adjuster family business called ACE. In 1992 Joe Gizzio, John’s younger brother, went on an Sport X Change Master’s Ministry. As a result of this ministry, ACE and the whole Gizzio and Markland families have been a big support. John and his son and daughters have gone on several outreaches with Sport X Change. John became a member of the board of directors in 2007. John brings wisdom in the area of business. He also supports many of the Sport X Change missionaries and ministries personally and through the Gizzio foundation.

Steve Nuernberg has been associated with Sport X Change for 7 years.
Willie has been associated with Sport X Change for 12 years.

Willie and his wife Rosanne are farmers in Lebanon County Pennsylvania. They have three children who have all been on Sport X Change sports ministries. Willie is a softball player/pitcher and enjoys the opportunity to share Christ through the avenue of sports. Willie and his wife support Sport X Change and the Sport X Change Missionaries personally.

David Gordon has been associated with Sport X Change for 55 years.

David has been the President of Sport X Change since 1999, since his father and founder Jim Gordon passed. David and his wife Brenda live in West Palm Beach, Florida where they manage the Sport X Change headquarters. David has been an active athlete and coach in both baseball and volleyball throughout his life while competing through Sport X Change  on various amateur teams throughout the world. David was a volunteer assistant volleyball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University from 2012-2017. David and Brenda two children and eight grandchildren.

Daniel List has been associated with Sport X Change for 16 years.

Daniel and Dana have been married for 15 years. Their children are Noah (12), Hannah (10) and Lydia (7). Daniel became a board member in 2002 and a full-time missionary in 2005. For the years of 2011, 2012 and 2013 they lived overseas before returning to work out of the Sport X Change headquarters.