We are happy to announce that our Man Up family is growing! At the beginning of this year, Luke Sawyer joined our staff at Man Up and Go, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. With the needs and responsibilities growing daily for Man Up, Luke’s arrival couldn’t be timelier. As you’ll see from his bio below, he brings a wealth of knowledge and practical expertise to the position, and will oversee all programming as our Director of Operations.
Not mentioned in the below bio is little Sawyer #3, currently enjoying the warmth and comfort of momma’s belly. So the Man Up family truly is growing in more ways than one. The Sawyers will welcome their third child in May.
Luke is a native Baltimorean who left Maryland at 17 years old to head to Anderson University in South Carolina. There he met Abbie, a self-proclaimed Gringateca, who calls Guatemala her home country but spent most of her childhood in Quito, Ecuador, with her missionary parents. Their passion for people, sports (Luke played baseball through college), culture, and ministry brought them together and they were married in 2011. They both graduated college in 2012 (Luke with a BA in Sport Ministry, Abbie a BS in Exercise Science) and moved to Denver, CO, for Luke to pursue seminary at Denver Seminary (MA in Justice and Mission). From there he began working in ministry with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
During their time in Denver they had two boys (Isaiah 10/16/12 and Elijah 3/7/15). They then relocated to San Pedro de Macoris in the eastern Dominican Republic, serving for a little over two years as the Director of Operations and Country Director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Luke comes to Man Up and Go with a passion for the Gospel of Jesus, justice, community development, multiculturalism, and authentic masculinity. He wrote his MA capstone project specifically on Latin American masculinity and the roll of the father in both spiritual as well as socio-economic development. Their time in the Dominican Republic was spent developing men through the avenue of sports. They are excited to see men come to know Jesus, grow spiritually, develop socio-economically, and become leaders in the home, in the church, and in the community.