Someone You Should Know: Michael Alan Szymanskicomment (0)
October 31, 2013
By Julie Payne
Lafitte Baptist Church, Saraland
Mobile Baptist Association
Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13
Favorite Hymn: “The Old Rugged Cross”
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, baseball and family
Family Status: Married for 27 years to Deanna; four children: Lauren, Heather, Kayla and Dylan; and one grandson, Bryson
Michael Szymanski serves as men’s ministry director at Lafitte Baptist Church, Saraland. He teaches a small group on Sunday night and is involved in a summer sports camp at the church offered to children as an extension of Vacation Bible School (VBS). In addition, he is starting his 31st year as a math teacher at Satsuma High School and has been the head baseball coach since l988. In January 2013, he was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?
A: I was raised in a Christian home where God was first. My parents are responsible for me coming to know Christ and I will always be grateful for the values they poured in my life through the Word of God.
Q: When and how were you led into working with the summer sports camp at your church?
A: I have a great friend, Chip Travis, (who started) the sports camp as an extension to VBS. He asked me to cover the baseball day each year and I really enjoyed working with the younger children. This past year, Chip asked me if I could become more involved on a daily basis.
Q: What does this role demand?
A: A lot of planning and organization. You have to get four different coaches to come in and cover their sport for the day. We have camp workers, breaks and devotions every day for the children. We usually average around 50 to 60 children a day for the week.
Q: What do you get from this work?
A: I love to teach sports skills and relate them to everyday life. The best part of camp is the testimonies that are given each day by the coaches or student athletes.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: My family has supported me every step of the way. My children were all raised going to the baseball park to support daddy. Now they all continue to come and support not only me but also their son and brother. It is truly a blessing to have
the honor of coaching your own son.
Q: What difference has Jesus Christ made in your life?
A: I don’t even know where to begin. I can’t imagine life without Christ. He has watched over my family and provided all we need. I can talk to Him anytime and His Word has all the answers to any question I may have.