Donn Moomaw was one of the original Fellowship of Christian Athletes organizers and later served as President of FCA’s Board of Trustees. He received his Master of Divinity Degree in 1957 from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained a Presbyterian USA pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, California, where he served for seven years. In 1964 he became Senior Pastor of the Bel Air Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles and went on to serve in that congregation until 1993. Moomaw was former United States President Ronald Reagan’s pastor and also prayed for the President at both of Mr. Reagan’s inaugurations in 1981 and 1985.
Reverend Moomaw, recognized as one of the world’s greatest athletes by Who’s Who in Sports in 1953, was a three-time All-American linebacker for UCLA. He was named College Football’s Lineman of the Year in 1952, the same year he finished the season as a Consensus All-American. A first round draft choice of the Los Angeles Rams in 1953, he chose to play professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL) where he was selected as a CFL All-Pro in 1954.
The College Football Hall of Fame made him part of its 1973 induction class, the same year he was inducted into UCLA’s College Football Hall of Fame. His football legacy at UCLA has continued as the “Donn D. Moomaw Award” is awarded each season to UCLA’s best defensive player in the game against USC.