Debbie counted on church and sports as her way out of a broken and rough family life. Debbie has always had a passion for sports. She played every sport possible through junior high and high school but chose volleyball as her main focus. Debbie received a volleyball scholarship to King College in Tennessee. She excelled in her collegiate career at King where she received NAIA and NCCAA All-American awards, various Player of the Year awards, and many more notable accomplishments. Debbie’s #14 jersey was retired in 1995, and in 2008 she was inducted into the King College Hall of Fame. While volleyball was a passion at King, she had a bigger passion for missions and participated in mission trips to inner city Philadelphia, PA and Kiev, Ukraine. It was this passion for missions that fueled her future life in sport ministry. Debbie was the head volleyball coach at Milligan College from 1995-2002. While at Milligan, Debbie took a team to the NAIA Tournament and received Coach of the Year awards. In 2002, Debbie decided to put her coaching career on hold to focus on her growing family.
Debbie’s SportQuest journey began in the summer of 2005, when she traveled to Belgium to help lead the volleyball team. After that summer, Debbie stayed in contact with Kent and Michelle Susud and always felt a strong connection with SportQuest. In 2012 Debbie traveled to Baton Rouge for the first time, and that was when God began to clearly speak to her about a future with SportQuest. In the summer of 2013, Debbie joined the SportQuest team and helped lead projects in Baton Rouge and Indianapolis – and her family joined her as well! Since then Debbie has continued to partner with Danielle Thomas to lead and coordinate the Baton Rouge project. Debbie is also a Regional Trainer for the International Sports Coalition.
Debbie currently lives in Kingsport, Tennessee with her husband Terry and their five children – Mackenzie, Jeremiah, Ella, Mollee, and Cooper. Debbie’s passion is to follow God fully and serve Him.