Former MLB catcher, current Hitting Coach for the Augusta GreenJackets, and Director of Baseball Ministry for The Increase, Eddie Taubensee shared how God has changed his life and revealed Christ to him through the game of baseball. Eddie now seeks to point others in baseball to seek Christ for themselves.
Five Increase Questions
What effect does your faith have on your lifestyle?
My faith needs to impact every area of my life. As a growing Christian, I still tend to want to take care of things on my own and be in complete control of the situations in my life. The more my faith in Christ directs me and comforts me the more I see God working in and around me. When I fully live a life of faith for God, it takes the pressure off of me because I know that He is in control and knows what’s best for me. That’s what I want my lifestyle to reflect.
Describe how your Journey with Christ began.
As I look back at my life I can see how God has been consistently pursuing me in many areas. I never grew up in a Christian home or even went to church, but I knew that there was more to life than what was around me. When I was twelve years old I remember asking my parents if I could start going to church to learn about God. I went to church with my grandma on most Sundays for awhile but that soon past. It wasn’t until I got into the Big Leagues and married my wife René when I started going to Baseball Chapel at the field. But it was mostly a great motivational speech and didn’t change my life at all. It wasn’t until I went to an Increase Conference in 1995 where a speaker shared the Gospel the opening night and I instantly fell in love with Jesus. That night I surrendered my all to Him. Since then, my life has been on a great journey, living for Him and using the game of baseball as a platform to impact others.
Who have been the mentors in your life? How did God bring these people into your life?
I have had a number of great mentors in my life. One of my first great mentors was former Reds’ Chaplain Ken Moyer, who lived life with me and helped me grow in my faith as a new believer. Soon after God brought me other mentors such as Mickey Weston, Norm Evans, my Pastors back home, and many others who poured into me and challenged me in my walk with Christ. These men came into my life because of the game of baseball and because of their influence I now am able to do the same for many young men in the game today.
What does the Increase of Christ mean to you?
John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease” is a constant reminder of the attitude I need to have on a daily basis. If it was good enough for John the Baptist, then it’s something I need to adopt myself.
What is your life verse and why?
The verse that has impacted me since my playing days is 1 Corinthians 9:19, where Paul says, “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone to win as many as possible.” This verse puts into perspective the attitude I constantly need to have for everyone, all the time. This servant attitude that I desire to have is not only seen in Paul’s life, this is the attitude that Jesus lived out Himself.