Connor's book, Rugged Discipleship, is a unique, fun and motivating fusion of Biblical principles, adventure literature and travelogue while always encouraging the reader to be and make rugged disciples. The writer introduces us to the North Georgia mountains, a wee village in Scotland, jumping trains to Canada, adventures in India, mysterious friends in Cambodia- from wild skydivers and a motorcycle stolen in Bulgaria. Each story reveals something Connor has learned through failures and successes in the context of working with people. The lessons learned have something of the radiance of Divine leading and purpose shining through. An inspiring Read. - Dr. Jerry Root, Author and C.S. Lewis scholar, Professor Wheaton College and Bill Graham Center of Evangelism.
Steve Connor is President and CEO of Sports Outreach International, a non-profit which pioneers sports ministry around the world. Connor has played, coached and been a chaplain on every level of sport and in multiple countries on six continents. A much appreciated speaker, Steve has addressed audiences that include various NFL teams as well as members of the Royal family in the United Kingdom. Connor’s personal athletic career includes being named a two-time NAIA All American at Azusa Pacific University and also a 'short and un-illustrious' career with the historic Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams. The author of eight books (including the newly released Rugged Discipleship by CSRM’s Overwhelming Victory Press), Connor also served as a global facilitator for the ISC (International Sports Coalition). Connor received an honorary doctorate from Azusa Pacific University and has been an adjunct professor of sports ministry. Steve spent nearly 15 years in the U.K. where he: a) created “SportPlus” a sports camp for Christians-in-Sport held in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England; b) established The Sports Outreach Scotland Magazine; c) was chaplain for the Scottish Claymores; d) served on the staff of Stirling Baptist Church, Scotland and St. Aldates Church, Oxford, England; and e) served as the evangelism and youth advisor for the Archbishop of Canterbury. Connor loves playing jazz on his 100 year old upright bass and lacks only talent to be an accomplished musician. Steve and his wife Michelle have been married for over thirty years and have three children- two of whom are currently serving in missions in Haiti and Togo, West Africa. Steve and Michelle attend Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington, Indiana where Steve serves as an ordained adjunct staff/missionary in resident/teaching pastor and Michelle helps lead the women’s ministry.