Hall of Champions

James N. Jeffrey


In 1963, James N. Jeffrey became FCA’s third Executive Director. His involvement with the organization started seven years earlier when he attended the inaugural National Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Jeffrey spent the next eight years at the helm while speaking at large crusades, church revivals, college commencements, fundraising banquets and sports camps.

Known for his infectious smile and captivating talents as a juggler and magician, Jeffrey first gained notoriety as a four-sport athlete at Corpus Christi (TX) High School and then as an All-Southwest Conference halfback at Baylor University. Jeffrey also played two years for Carswell Air Base where he was an All-American fullback in the National Service Football League. Following his service in the Air Force, he played for the Los Angeles Rams during the 1953 season. Jeffrey was inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 1971 class.

In addition to his extensive work with FCA, Jeffrey was an influential business and community leader. He served as president of the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy and was a founding member of the Mid America National Society of Fund Raising Executives. Jeffrey was also the director of human resources at House of Lloyd and was the vice president of that organization’s SHARE Foundation.

Among other leadership endeavors, he served on the board of directors at American Bank and YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and was chairman of the advisors’ board for Outstanding College Athletics in America. A long-time deacon at Leawood Baptist Church, Jeffrey was director of development at Baptist Memorial Hospital and director of financial development the American Red Cross’ Greater Kansas City chapter. Along with his bachelor degree from Baylor, he held an Honorary Doctor of Law from Alderson-Broaddus College, and an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Southwestern Baptist University.

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