Tom Roy is the President and Founder of UPI. After a very brief time in the S.F. Giants organization, Tom went on to a career in radio, taking his first job in West Virginia. Shortly after that he felt the call of God to pursue a college degree and enrolled at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. Upon completion of that degree he took a head baseball coaching job at a local high school for 3 years. He continued in that profession, coaching also at the college level for 9 years.
In 1979 God put UPI on Tom and Carins hearts. In 1980 the ministry became a reality. Tom ministered to players thru chapels, in camps and clincs for 28 years. He has had the honor to serve Christ through UPI in many venues, including speaking and conducting clinics in over 60 countries.
Tom and Carin reside in Winona Lake, Indiana and have two daughters, Amy and Lindsay, and 6 grandchildren (Hannah, Luke, Faith, Tommy, Sam and Lainey).
In January of 2008 he assumed the role of President/Founder and now finds himself working with the Advancement of the ministry as well as staying in contact with “UPI alumni” and caring for ballplayers through counseling.
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Mickey Weston joined the ministry of UPI in 1996 after playing 15 years of professional baseball. He had the privilege of playing parts of five years in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, and the New York Mets from ’89-’93. He joined UPI part-time in the fall of ’96 and coached the next 3 years in the New York Mets’ minor league system. Mickey came on staff full-time in the fall of ’99 as the Associate International Director and in 2003 assumed the role as International Director.
Mickey ministered with UPI while he was a player taking his first trip overseas to South Korea in 1986. Since 1986, Mickey has worked in close to 40 different countries around the world. With a passion for different cultures and peoples, Mickey utilizes the international trips for discipleship with current and former players to give them a greater worldview for Jesus. UPI works with missionaries and national churches to proclaim Jesus through the game of baseball.
Mickey and his wife, Lisa, have 4 children ~ Erica, Kayla, Drew, and Marissa ~ all of whom have been home schooled up until high school. The Westons live in Valparaiso, IN., which is situated in Northwest Indiana and close to Chicago, where Mickey is the chaplain for the Chicago White Sox.
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Brian Hommel played baseball for the University of Lousiville from 1991-1995 where he obtained a Criminal Justice Degree. He then played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization from 1995-1999 as a left-handed pitcher.
Brian currently lives in Gilbert, AZ with his wife, Kim and 3 girls, Abbey, Ellie and Selah. His duties with UPI include, setting up and leading Bible studies for the players who live in the Phoenix metro area during the off season as well leading 3 studies a week during Spring Training each year. He is also involved in setting up outreaches in the U.S. during the season for the purpose of reaching the lost for Christ thru baseball. Brian is chaplain for the Arizona Diamondbacks and has been in that role for 4 years now. He has recently written a book, “Dropping the Fig Leaves”, which is available through UPI.
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Tony Graffanino was born in New York, on Long Island, and grew up in East Islip. He graduated from high school in 1990 and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves. Tony made it to the big leagues with the Braves in 1996. He played in parts of 13 Major League seasons, 11 full seasons, with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, Boston, Milwaukee, and Cleveland. 2009 was his last season. Tony has been involved with UPI outreaches and Bible studies since his Atlanta days, and he and his family took their first UPI trip to Mexico with Brian Hommel in November of 2009.
Tony came on staff with UPI full time on July 1st of 2011 and moved his family to Arizona. He currently resides on the northwest side of Phoenix, in Peoria, and leads Bible studies for current and former players in the Peoria, Glendale, and Scottsdale areas. Tony also does UPI international trips in Italy, Germany, Mexico, and soon to the Dominican Republic. He assists Brian Hommel in ministering to the tremendous amount of players, current and former, who call Phoenix home, or to those who have Spring Training, Extended Spring, Summer League, Instructional League, and or Fall League in Phoenix.
Tony is married to Nicole (1995) and they have to sons, A.J. (1997) and Nick (1999).
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Terry Evans was born and raised in Dublin, GA where he continued to live until he graduated from Trinity Christian School in 2000. He went on to attend Middle Georgia College for 2 years before being drafted and signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. After 5 minor league seasons, Terry made his first big league appearance in 2007 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He played in parts of 3 Major League seasons with the Angels and 11 full seasons in the minor leagues with St. Louis, Anaheim, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Kansas City. Terry retired after the 2012 season with the Kansas City Royals organization and came on staff with UPI full time October 1st of 2012.
Terry is the chaplain for the Atlanta Braves and currently resides on the north side of Atlanta, in Woodstock, where he leads Bible studies for current and former players around the Atlanta area. Terry also assists international trips to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico with the possibility of leading these trips in the near future.
Terry is married to his wife, Tanner, and they have four children, Asher (2009), Jude (2011), Isaac (2013) and Arlie Anna (2015).
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Simon Guehring joined the ministry of UPI in the spring of 2013. Born and raised in Germany, Simon grew up playing soccer and team handball. When he was 11 years old, he saw baseball for the first time, and it just so happens that he actually asked Jesus to take over his life on that very same day. Although Simon grew up in a Christian home, it took a Bible study led by Tom Roy to give his life to Christ.
Simon began playing baseball, and it took him only seven years of playing the game to sign a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was only the third German player in history to sign with a Major League baseball team. After two years in the United States, one season in the Netherlands, and four seasons in South Africa, Simon moved back to Germany and has been the German national team captain since 2004. He has participated in seven European Championships, three World Cups, and one World Baseball Classic qualifier.
Simon’s position with UPI includes building up UPI in Germany and throughout Europe by assisting in baseball clinics and outreaches as well as discipleship with Germans players. He also works along side of Sportler Ruft Sportler (Sportsmen to Sportsmen) and continues to help with the development of Easterball in Rimini, Italy.
Simon and his wife, Sarai, have been married since 2004. They have three children, Lilly (2008), Samuel (2010) and Jacob (2012).
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