Bob Tebow, father of University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, will be the guest speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
"Spirit in Sports" fund-raising banquet on April 16 at Cleveland First Baptist Church. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tebow graduated from the University of Florida in 1971 and received his master of divinity and master of theology degrees from Western Seminary in Portland, Ore., in 1974 and 1976. He was on the staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 1976-79. From 1979 until 1985 Tebow pastored churches. Since 1985, he has served the Philippines as a missionary-evangelist through the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association.
There are 45 national Filipino evangelists serving full time on the BTEA staff. BTEA preached to more than 10 million people in the last 10 years and saw more than 10 million people trust Christ as their lord and savior. BTEA is also involved in church planting, pastor training and mission trips for adults and young people as well as an orphanage in the Philippines.
Tebow and his wife, Pam, currently reside in Jacksonville, Fla., when he is not in the Philippines. The Tebows lived for a number of years as full-time missionaries in the Philippines. Pam Tebow is very involved in her husband's ministry. She also enjoys numerous writing and speaking opportunities and is passionate about encouraging women to trust the Lord with all their hearts for all their lives.
The notoriety of the Tebow family increased since their youngest son, Tim, won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore and led the Florida Gators to the national championship this past year.
Because ESPN aired the portion of the interview with Pam that focused on her refusal to abort
"Timmy" when she was advised to do so, she now has a national platform to encourage the pro-life message. The Tebows also have four other children. Christy Allen and her husband, Joey, live in South Asia laboring to improve the physical and spiritual lives of the world's outcast and forgotten. Katie Shepard and her husband, Gannon, live in Atlanta. Gannon works in the commercial real estate business and they attend Buckhead Church. Robby Tebow is the Northeast Florida director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Peter Tebow is on staff with Campus Crusade at the University of Florida.
The Christian Athletes of the Year from Bradley, Cleveland, Walker Valley and Polk County High Schools will be the honored guests. They include Trae Cody, Tucker Tipton, Kent Linn and Bethany Allen.
The proceeds from the banquet will be used to help students and coaches attend FCA summer camp.