Rance has a long history with SportQuest that began in 2000 when he applied for the PWP Scholarship and traveled with SQ for the first time to Israel. Beginning with that life-changing experience, he would go on to participate in a total of twelve PWP Projects over the next 12 years in Belgium, Greece, and the U.S. before finally moving to Belgium with his wife, Stacy, in 2012 to serve full-time with the SportQuest Belgium team. In January 2015, Rance transitioned into a new role as the Global Director of SportQuest Ministries in which he seeks to encourage and equip the SportQuest family worldwide. Rance and Stacy had their first child – Jaxton Thomas Barrett Bland – on September 19, 2015. A year later, the Bland family felt led by God to return to the U.S. In September 2016, Rance, Stacy, Jaxton, and their 2 Labradors – Lilly and Molly – moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Rance now continues serving as Global Director.
Rance is passionate about starting disciple-making movements and seeing people who have been disillusioned with dead religion encounter a real relationship with Jesus. Rance had a long basketball career that included a high school state championship in Texas, playing college ball at Abilene Christian University – where he also received a Bachelor’s in Missions – and playing overseas in Belgium for a national level team. Now he enjoys coaching youth and playing occasionally for fun. He also loves hiking, reading, dreaming about Belgian waffles, the Boston Celtics, and hanging out with his family. Stacy also has a huge passion for missions and plays a vital support role to Rance and the ministry of SportQuest. In this season of life, she is mainly focused on being a mom, loving her extended family, and serving people through her gift of hospitality, but she also has a long history with SportQuest – particating in many PWP Projects and serving on the SQ Belgium team from 2012 – 2016. Stacy grew up playing competitive club soccer and is also a Registered Nurse. Together, Rance and Stacy make a great team and love seeing how God is using the SportQuest family around the world to make an eternal difference in the lives of so many.