OUR TEAM

We are professional baseball players and passionate followers of Jesus devoted to carrying out his mission in the clubhouse and to the ends of the earth. 

 

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Mickey Weston

Mickey has been on staff since 1996 and leads the UPI team as our Executive Director. He is also currently in his sixteenth season serving players as the chaplain for the Chicago White Sox.

Mickey was drafted in 1982 by the New York Mets and pitched for fifteen seasons. He had parts of five years in the MLB with the Orioles, Blue Jays, Phillies, and Mets. He later went on to become a pitching coach in the Mets organization for three seasons. Mickey was inducted into the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame (Triple-A affiliate of the Orioles) with the lowest E.R.A. (1.98) in the history of the franchise (which spans over a hundred years).

Mickey went on his first mission trip with UPI in 1986 to South Korea. That trip changed the trajectory of his life. He has since traveled to work in partnership with missionaries and local churches in over forty countries around the world. His wife, Lisa, serves the women in professional baseball as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Baseball Chapel and as the Women’s Bible Study leader for the White Sox. Mickey and Lisa have also served together on the board of directors of Pro Athletes Outreach for over thirty years.

 

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Brian Hommel  

Brian is our Southwest Director of Operations and coordinates our Arizona Men’s Retreat and Spring Training Bible Studies. He is also currently in his sixteenth season serving players as the chaplain for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Brian played three years at the University of Louisville where he was fifth in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings in 1995. He went on to play five years of professional baseball with the Brewers and led the organization in appearances in 1997. His career was later cut short after tearing his ACL three times as well as his rotator cuff and labrum.

Brian was impacted by Campus Crusade and Fellowship of Christian Athletes while at Louisville and then got involved with Baseball Chapel during his professional career. In 1996, he went on a mission trip with UPI that he says changed him in ways that he never imagined. Brian would later come on staff with UPI in the summer of 2001.

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Tony Graffanino

 

Tony played 19 years of professional baseball and is currently the Spring Training chaplain for the Chicago White Sox as well as the chaplain for their Arizona League affiliate. Tony leads a variety of small groups for players and their wives in the Phoenix area throughout the year and has helped serve missionaries in over 8 different countries around the world. 

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Terry Evans

 

Terry is our Southeast Director of Operations and Director of Web Development. He is also currently in his seventh season serving players as the chaplain for the Atlanta Braves.

Terry played eleven seasons of professional baseball with the Cardinals, Angels, Giants and Royals. He was a two-time Triple-A All-Star, and in 2006 became just the eighth player in MiLB history to have a 30/30 season. Terry made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2007 and hit a homer in his second at-bat to become the eleventh player in Angels history to hit a homer for his first MLB hit.

Terry has a M.A. in Ministry Studies from Grace College & Seminary and received ordination in 2015 from Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell.

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Simon played two years of professional baseball in the United States, one year in the Netherlands and four years in South Africa. He moved back to Germany and has been the German national team captain since 2004. Simon helps coordinate our mission trips to Italy, Germany and South Africa. 

 

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LUKE HOCHEVAR

Luke is our Southeast Associate and Director of Outdoors Retreats. He is also currently in his second season serving players as the chaplain for the Tennessee Smokies (Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs).

Luke played nine seasons in MLB with the Kansas City Royals. He was drafted as the number one overall pick in the 2006 draft after being named the SEC and NCAA Pitcher of the Year and leading the University of Tennessee to the College World Series. In 2009, Luke pitched an eighty-pitch complete game allowing only three hits and one run — a feat that had only been accomplished by five pitchers in the AL over the previous twenty years. He posted a career-high thirteen strikeouts in seven innings just one month later. Luke had his best year in 2013 coming out of the bullpen with a 1.92 ERA and eighty-two strikeouts in seventy innings. In 2015, Luke helped lead the Royals to their first World Series title in thirty years and was the winning pitcher in the final game.

Luke has years of experience in the game, a passion for the outdoors and a love for Jesus that has led him to join the UPI team. He leads small groups for players in the Knoxville area and also coordinates hunting retreats for current and former players.

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