Chris Heisey, outfielder for the Washington Nationals, grew up dreaming about life in the major leagues. When his college chapel leader told him that he was led to Christ through a teammate of his, Chris realized that baseball was more than a sport, it was a platform for him to share his faith in Jesus with others. In 2006, when the Cincinnati Reds called him up, Chris was about to see his dreams and ministry become a reality.
“I want to be that guy for somebody else on my team,” Chris says, “or even for a fan, or somebody back home. Just being that light to somebody who doesn’t know Christ, and having them want what you’re portraying, is something that I strive for.”
After almost a decade-long career in professional baseball so far, Chris has seen the ups and downs that this life brings, but he has stayed strong in his faith in God and witness to others.
“Yes, [being in the major leagues] can be challenging at times,” he admits, “but one thing I try to do in the locker room, as well as out in the community, is to show my teammates that I’m there for them, first and foremost, and I’ll worry about my own career second.”
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” – Philippians 2:3-4
Watch Chris share his story and ministry through the platform of baseball: