I was introduced to Christ and accepted Him as my personal Savior as an East Carolina University freshman during an Athletes in Action basketball presentation. I left the frat party life as I was learning more about my relationship with God through the Navigators campus ministry.
I later transferred and graduated from to Cedarville University. Afterwards, joined the staff of Athletes in Action (the athletic ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ) for 5 years. I was on the campus of Virginia Tech then became the National Outreach Director for AIA Basketball.
For 20 years I was a Christian School teacher, administrator and basketball coach. I have also spent time working in a church as an assistant pastor.
My resume includes a horrible 4 year existence as an owner of my own printing company (no offense to printers, I was just clueless!)
I am currently the Executive Director of a non-profit organization that uses basketball to help players and coaches, called Court U. (www.courtU.org)
I have been married to my lovely wife (brownie points for saying ‘lovely’) for 526 years (brownie points cancelled out). She’s an amazingly talented high school math teacher.
I have 4 great kids- Tyler 27- Lead singer/song writer of the band “Twenty One Pilots”, as talented a basketball player as musician; Zack 26- All-state hoopster, and now outstanding fundraiser for schools; Madison 21- 3 point shooting specialist, is curently the best nail saloon expert; Jay 18- Also All-State hoopster (our one tall child; basically, the family’s only chance for a dunk). All have fantastic spouses, except Jay who’s still single but taking applications.
God gave Chris this vision to do great things through creating this ministry and he asked me to be a part of it to help him with the technology. I love the technology and I am always learning to find new ways where we can reach new people.
I am currently an engineer who works at Whirlpool. My wife is a pharmacist and will be starting a new career at Cedarville University as a professor starting in August. We will be relocating from the Columbus area and moving to the Dayton, OH area. In my new career I will be an entrepreneur. I have created Hartzler Digital Media as my new business as well as supporting this site. You can also follow me on my personal blog at DustinHartzler.com