God used Gifford Ramsey—with his high-pitched voice, broad shoulders, and big smile—to spur many youngsters and adults to faith. “You say you’re a Christian, then show me—I’m from Missouri, the Show Me state,” he would say. He was my youth director, football coach, and mentor. After a big defeat, I wept on my teammate’s shoulder as he walked me toward the bus. And before I could take my seat, coach Ramsey said, “You say you’re a Christian, then show me.” He firmly believed in consistency between our doctrine and life. A football game isn’t the most important thing in life …
Rev. Michael Aitcheson is church planting pastor of Christ United Fellowship (PCA) in Orlando, Florida. He played college football for the University of Kentucky.