The Team

Fernandão and Pati

National Directors

Married for more than 20 years, they have two kids, Timoteo e Vitoria. Missionaries for 20 years with AIA, and serving as Athletes in Action’s National Directors since 2011.

Bira and Rosalie


Bira and Rosalie work with Cru since 1974. In 1981, they were challenged by Leon Cooper, AIA director in Latin America, to handle the university sports teams here and initiate the AIA ministry in Brazil. Today they are responsible by the chaplaincy area, handling our missionary team especially.

Rogerio and Susan

Coordinators in Sao Paulo

Rogerio and Susan are former basketball players. Rogerio graduated in Physical Education with an emphasis in Youth Ministry by Masters College (USA) and Susan in Primary Education by the University of Texas (USA). Both serve the Lord together with Athletes in Action in Sao Paulo. They develop their ministry by connecting with churches and reaching the sports courts. They have five children: Timothy, Jessica, Stephanie, Tiago e Rebeca.




Marketing and Strategic Programs

Ricardo Ximenes is married to Patricia and father of Liz and Joao Ricardo. He is part of the AIA team since 2015 and answers for the Marketing and Communication area. Acting in other roles like short mission trips, MEBI and High-Profile Athletes, Ximenes has used his long experience in these areas so that our team always wins TOGETHER. Auxiliary Pastor in Igreja do Nazareno em Jabaquara, São Paulo, he also coordinates the missions secretariat.

Daniel Araújo

Coordinator in Fortaleza-CE

Married to Elisabeth and father of Julia. Involved with Sports Ministry since 2007 through CBE (Brazilian Sports Coalition). Joined the Athletes in Action team in 2013, acting on the development of MEBI in the capital of Ceará.

Emerson and Alana

Coordinator in Recife-PE and Press Officer

The Torres family develops the ministry in the city of Recife, Pernambuco. Emerson is the coordinator of AIA in the city, and Alana is part of the communication team, being the Press Officer for Athletes in Action. They have a son called Benjamin.


What is Church Based Sports Ministry MEBI is an Athletes in Action program that works in and through the local church. We...

View More


Junior cover
O projeto Comunidade em minhas palavras

Tenho certeza que serão surpreendentes as experiências vividas nessa...

Lembranças de um Projeto Comunidade

Projeto Comunidade. Duas palavrinhas que fazem a cabeça da...

#ForçaChape – Nunca vamos nos acostumar com a morte!

Essa semana temos vivido um dos momentos mais difíceis...

Other posts