Executive Board Member/President
Co-founder of Christian Sports Performance
Craig S.

Co-founder of Christian Sports Performance, spent 13 and half years with Athletes in Action where he started AIA Power in 1997 pioneering strength & conditioning as a ministry to developing countries of the world. He has taught S&C in India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Spain, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Poland from Olympic Coaches to university athletes to youth sports.

Craig is a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the Nebraska state director for the NSCA and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Craig has co-published 2 articles for the NSCA journal “Preparing a Basketball Player for NBA Camp” and “Concepts for Baseball Conditioning”.

He is a graduate of Oakland-Craig High School, University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a business administration degree, and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago completed Advanced Studies Program in Biblical Studies. In High School he competed in football, wrestling, and track& field, and at Nebraska in weightlifting and power lifting.

He married Geraldine June 26, 2005 and resides in Ashland, Nebraska which is between Lincoln and Omaha.

Favorite Bible Verse,
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Executive Board Member/Vice President
Co-founder of Christian Sports Performance
Dan Charnitski

Member of Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA since 1998 and privileged to be a church Men’s Small Group leader since 2000.

B.S. in Physical Ed. Cal. St. Fullerton. An owner and G.M. of Heart Rate Inc., an exercise/sports training equipment manufacturer. Doing business in this industry since 1982.

Received a scholarship to play football at Cal. St. Northridge 1980. Played for Mission Viejo High School football and volleyball 1973-77 and football at Saddleback Community College 1978-79.
Enjoys researching and developing unique products that improve the well being of people and the performance of athletes, finding time to stay fit, being committed to wife and family, fellowshipping with believers and pursuing the Great Commission.

Native to and currently residing in California. Married since 1991 and has 3 daughters.

Desire for CSP
To be a servant, with Christ the center of focus, trusting Him in his promise to be with us to the very end of the age as we purpose to enable believers in sports performance training to use their God given talents for the Great Commission.

Favorite Bible Verse,
John 6: 28-29, Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Executive Board Member/Secretary
Barry Kitrell 

Barry has coached High School Football for the last 9 years, with the last 3 years as the Head Coach.  He has also trained hundreds of high school athletes in our weight room in the last 9 years.

Certification(s): NSAA Head Coaching Certification
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Finance, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (1988)
Masters in Business Administration, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (1991)
Athletic Achievement
High School:  1st Team All-State Running Back, Nebraska High School Football
Honorary Captain of the Class B All-State Team
Nebraska Shrine Bowl
College:  Played 4 years varsity football @ University of Nebraska under legendary football coach Tom Osborne.
Broke all-time strength index record for fullbacks at Nebraska in 1987.
Community Involvement
Local High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leader
Local church plant leadership team

Resides in Ashland, Nebraska with his wife Amy and their 4 sons Blake, Bo, Brett, and Bryce.

Desire for CSP
Through the power of Jesus Christ, to seek and save lost high school students and to have them become Kingdom laborers, using the method of strength and conditioning.

Favorite Bible Verse,
Phillipians 4:13  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Executive Board Member
Rev. Dr. Kevin R. McDonald

Work experience and sports or significant athletes trained:
Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA

  • BVU Athletic Hall of Fame (Football, Basketball, Baseball)
  • 1972 NAIA Honorable Mention All American Baseball
  • 1973 Sports Ambassadors Latin American Baseball Team
  • President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes College Huddle

College Coaching Career

  • 1975-89  University of Arizona, University of Sioux Falls, Wheaton College, Bethel University, Austin College, University of Dubuque
  • 1976 University of Arizona NCAA Division I National Baseball Championship, Graduate Assistant Coach
  • 1982 University of Sioux Falls South Dakota Intercollegiate Athletic Baseball Conference Championship
  • 1989 Austin College Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Championship

Certification(s): 

            June 23, 2000 Certificate
Jerusalem University College, Mt. Zion, Jerusalem, Israel

  • A Special Academic Program Entitled, The Historical and Geographical Settings of the Land of the Bible.

Degree(s):

          2001 Doctor of Ministry, Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
1992 Master of Divinity. University of Dubuque Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa
1976 Master of Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
1973 Bachelor of Arts, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa

Community/Mission Involvement

  • Associate Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Metro Omaha Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Board of Directors of the Nebraska Presbyterian Welfare Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Board of Directors of the Sports Performance Science International, Ashland, Nebraska
  • Presbytery of Missouri River Valley, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Crossroads Connection Prison & Jail Ministry, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Faculty 2001 Campus Crusade for Christ, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Faculty 2002 University of Martin Luther, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Faculty 2003-2005 University of Martin Luther, Managua, Nicaragua

Resides in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife Jan of 32 years and has 3 sons, Jeff (25), John (20) and Jimmy (15).

Desire for CSP
To reach out to athletes, coaches, and all whom they influence with the Good News of Jesus Christ in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), inviting them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and enabling them to serve Him faithfully through the ministry of the local church to the glory of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

Favorite Bible Verse,
Matthew 28:18-20, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Executive Board Member
Lee Sapp

25 Years owner/operator of Lee Sapp Ford/Merdury Ashland, NE.

Athletic Achievement:
Quarterback for Univ. of Nebraska, Omaha

Community Involvement:
Youth for Christ Board of Directors

Resides in Ashland, Nebraska with his wife Susanna and their children Brett and Conner.

Favorite Bible Verse,
Matthew 28:18-20, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 Executive Board Member
John Kroeker 


Work experience and sports or significant athletes trained:

     Punter UNL 1986-88
NE High School Hall of Fame
NE Athlete of the Year 1984
GTE  Academic All-American 1988

Community Involvement:

       Lincoln Berean Church
YMCA Coach
Member of Daily Creek Music – Contemporary Christian music group

Resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife Michelle and their 3 daughters  Makenna (11),  Keeley (9) and  Kalli (3).

Desire for CSP
Grow in its depth and sphere of influence with coaches and athletes both domestically and around the world.

Favorite Bible Verse,
Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to  harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.