Rod Handley is the Founder and President of Character That Counts, a ministry that was established in July 2000. Rod is also the co-founder of TGIW ("Teaching Guys Infinite Wisdom") a ministry which began in Lee's Summit, MO in September 2001. Today, TGIW groups are meeting all over the world.
Rod served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) until his departure in May 2000. Rod began working for FCA in 1986, initially serving in Seattle as the Assistant State Director for Washington. He moved to Kansas City in 1989 to work at the FCA National Headquarters.
has published over 20 books including, Character Counts-Who's Counting
Yours? which details how to begin the process of being accountable
to one another. The book is a practical tool for helping people who desire
to be people of character and integrity. A detailed description of Rod's other
books can be found on the Order/Contact page on the website. The book titles
in View of Eternity
- Character Counts for Quiet Time and Small Groups, Volume 1
Counts for Quiet Time and Small Groups, Volume 2
- Character Counts
for Quiet Time and Small Groups, Volume 3
- Team Studies on Character, Volume 1
- Team Studies on Character, Volume 2
- Team Studies on Character, Volume 3
- Team Studies on Character, Volume 4
Studies on Character, Volume 5
Studies on Character, Volume 6
- Team Studies on Character, Volume 7
- In The Zone
- All In
- One (NEW in 2017)
- Called to Compete, Volume 1 & 2 (NEW)
- One Way 2 Play--Athletes Edition
Counts Bible Study Guide (OUT OF PRINT...but now included
in 2012 version of "Character That Counts: Who's Counting Yours?")
Living: Living A Life of Integrity (OUT OF
Rod is a popular retreat and banquet speaker with men's and women's groups, singles and married. Rod averages about 250 speaking engagements each year, and is gifted in sharing with all ages. In the past several years, he has been a speaker for Christian Management Association, Gospel Rescue Missions, The National Coalition of Men's Ministries, Pro Athletes Outreach, Stonecroft--Christian Women's Clubs, The Gathering, Great Commission Ministries, Athletes in Action, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life, Navigators, Church and Sports Recreation Ministers, MOPS, Sertoma, Christian Businessmen's Committee and numerous public and private schools, churches and corporations.
Rod has also spoken at a number of colleges and universities across America including: FCA College Retreats for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas, Indiana and Iowa; Liberty University; Greenville College, College of the Ozarks, Southwest Missouri State; William Jewell College; Kansas State U; Northwest Missouri State; Missouri BSU State College Convention; Missouri BSU Single Adult Conference; Glorietta Student Week; CrossSeeker's Conference in New Orleans; Ivy Jungle Conference Speaker and Seminar leader.
He's shared at chapel programs for collegiate and professional teams over the past twenty five years including: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Missouri Tigers, Washington Huskies, Liberty University, Florida State University, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Anaheim Angels, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Orlando Magic. In 2007 and 2008, he led the Bible Study for the Kansas City Royals. He served as the chaplain for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1986-89.
A graduate of Central Washington University, Rod was a 4-year letterman and starter on the football team, and earned Academic All-American honors during his senior year. He also earned his CPA license while working for Ernst and Whinney, prior to joining FCA. He is an ordained minister
Greg serves as the Vice President of Character That Counts and the Executive Director of the TGIW. Greg joined the CTC staff on January 1, 2003. Previously, Greg served for over 18 years on several church staffs, fulfilling various ministry roles such as Student Pastor, Single Adult Pastor, Recreation Pastor and Associate Pastor. In addition to his TGIW responsibilities, Greg serves on the staff of FBC-Blue Springs.
A graduate of Wayland Baptist University, Greg’s passion for ministry is permeated with a desire for people to see the supremacy and the glory of God in all things. Greg is frequently used as a retreat, conference, and banquet speaker with men’s groups and couples. Greg’s tender heart and compassion for people are communicated wherever he speaks.
Greg and his wife, Sharon,
have been married since 1981 and have two grown children (who are both married)
and five grandchildren and reside in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
At the age of three, Steve arrived in the United States with the Korean name Kim Yong Sa (translated Brave Soldier) when he was adopted into a loving family in the suburbs of Chicago. He has a B.S. in Graphic Design from Eastern Illinois University (1993) and a MHA (Masters in Healthcare Administration) from Baylor University (2004). Steve is currently a Major in the U.S. Army.
Steve is the founder of www.MissionWealthyWarriors.org who's mission is to help our military with their personal finances. Having taught his Waging War on Debt seminar to thousands stateside and internationally (Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait), he has used that feedback to develop Your 10 $tep BattlePlan to Lasting Financial Peace and wrote his soon to be released Waging War on Debt, that can help our Warriors kill debt and create wealth.
Steve and his bride,
Nancy, have been married since 1997 and have four beautiful children and
they live in San Antonio, TX.
William J Stutz (Bill) – Born 9/18/60 in Buffalo, NY - Born again into eternity 1/22/1981
Married Valerie on 8/14/82
Trevor – Graduated from Wichita State University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy He is a graduate of Missouri St. University where he earned a Presidential Academic Scholarship. Currently working in Phoenix, AZ area as a physical therapist.
Logan – Graduated from Washburn University on a Basketball Scholarship. Currently playing basketball in Germany. One day he plans on being a Physical Education teacher and coach.
Garrett – Graduated from Wichita State University with a Finance degree in their school of business. Currently playing basketball in Europe.
Maddi – Recent graduate of Oak Park High School
Bill and Val met during their senior year at Slippery Rock State
University in Pennsylvania. He studied communication there while playing
both basketball and baseball. During the summer of 1982, Bill traveled with
Athletes In Action to Panama and Brazil on a basketball mission trip.
In 1984, Bill and Val moved to Kansas City. Bill began working at the JCPenney Catalog Distribution Center in Lenexa, KS as a front line Supervisor. In 1990 he was promoted to the Quality Circle Facilitator position and stayed there until he resigned in 1992.
It was at that point he felt God’s calling into full-time ministry with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bill was involved with FCA since 1988 and was the Kansas City Volunteer of the Year in 1990. Bill served as the Kansas City Area Director until 1999.
That was when he branched out on his own and started Enjoy The Game: a character based education and sportsmanship program that encouraged behavior modification for all those involved in youth sports. He worked there for the next five years before being called back to FCA-KC.
Bill is now committed and trained to be a Christian Life Coaching. He fully believes God has prepared him for this impactful opportunity. He has received his Life Coaching Certification from the American Association of Christian Counseling and Light University.
CTC has over 40 Staff Associates to help communicate the CTC message across the nation. 2 Timothy 2:2 says, “And the things which you have heard from me….entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
There are over 400,000 churches in America and countless schools, businesses and other organizations wherein many are eager to have our ministry assist with character development issues. Rod and Greg would love to personally share our message with every church, school, business and sport team in America, but it is not humanly possible. The only way to penetrate the masses is by sharing CTC with those who will commit to share it with others.
CTC identified an initial
group of 45 talented and godly men and women who are equipped to carry the
CTC message all around the country. They range from business executives
to pastors. They are scattered across America with a passion to communicate
Biblical truth to audiences of all ages. These people made five commitments
to the Lord and CTC when they joined our Associate Staff:
1) Become a CTC Partner (see our website for details)
2) Establish at least one TGIW group in his city, community or church
3) Be part of an active accountability group
4) Be available to share at CTC Weekends and other venues as the Lord so directs
5) Have the full endorsement and sign-off of his pastor, accountability group and spouse/children.
Each person was challenged to model the CTC message in his home, church and community and then to be faithful in passing it on to others. Here are the people who are now part of the CTC staff.