Our Staff

Scott Grinder, President of Christian Sports International

Scott Grinder, a former 13-year professional baseball umpire. He was fortunate enough to work parts of four seasons in the National League 1983-1986. He walked away from the game in 1986 because he felt God called him to raise a family. Inducted into Butler County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2000 entered the ministry full time after volunteering for seven years at CSI. Scott has served as the President of CSI since 2003, and enjoys telling the good news of Jesus Christ, witnessing lives changed for eternity. ​

Mark Salazar, Vice President of CSI West Division

Mark Salazar comes to Christian Sports International with a lengthy ministry history. He began his journey serving the Lord in 2000 as a baseball instructor for CSI. "I spent two summers working baseball camps and sharing the Gospel with CSI during the day, and playing semi-pro ball in the evenings.," Salazar said. "Nineteen years later God would have me and CSI reunite and bring the ministry here in the wild, wild west."​

Dan Schar, Vice President of BMX Ministries & Community Development

Dan Schar, a competitive road cyclist from 1991 to 2012, started with Christian Sports International in 1993, developing a nationwide CSI Cycling program until 1999. He left CSI in 2000, only to have God call him back to the ministry in 2017. Dan is currently responsible for maintaining the CSI website, social media accounts, and backend processes, and also oversees the CSI BMX Ministries program and racing team. He lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with his wife, Jill, and their four children, Jake (17), Emma (16), Andrew (13), and Nathan (9).

Matt Davis, Vice President of Sports

After partnering with Christian Sports International over the past eight years, Matt is joining our staff as our VP of Sports.  In this role he will be leading our sports development, discipleship, campus ministry, and helping establish and maintain relationships with ministry partners and community leaders. A dedicated man to prayer and the word of God, the Lord has given him an exciting vision for sports ministry.  He is incredibly excited to implement that vision as a new member of the CSI team.

 

Matt previously served for eight years as the Baseball Manager & Assistant Athletic Director at Urban Impact Foundation. There he managed all aspects of the baseball program and helped oversee daily operations of Urban Impact’s athletic department, including mentoring and developing new program leaders. He will join our staff full time once his obligations to Urban Impact are complete.

 

Matt is a 2003 University of Pittsburgh graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) and holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Duquesne University. Matt and his wife Noelle have three children, Jackson, Caleb and Natalie.