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January 2017 - Nolan Sullivan

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January 2017 - Nolan Sullivan

Nolan Sullivan

Team: Eden Prairie Eagles, MSHL

Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Position: Center

Birth Year: 1999

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 193 lbs

Chosen Attribute: Teamwork and Serving

Why is this important to you?

I believe Teamwork and Serving go hand-in-hand. These two attributes are important to me because you cannot have success without them. Your goal in life should be to work together to serve God. God’s greatest command is to love Him and to love each other. If a team is not able to work together and love each other, how can they expect to succeed? 

God developed a team of disciples to go out and serve. Were they perfect? Absolutely not! But they learned to love and serve the Lord by keeping one another accountable when they struggled in their faith by working as a team.

I have a similar approach when I lead my team. We serve by volunteering at various places, one of them being Feed My Starving Children. This not only helps other kids in need, but teaches our team how to love and work together. You could have the most skilled team in the state, but if you never learn to work as a unit off the ice, you will never reach your maximum potential.

Putting the attributes of teamwork and serving, before yourself, develops a team, and that’s why they are important to me.

Have you been involved with FCA or FCA Hockey in the past? What has been your experience with us?

I have been involved with FCA since my freshman year of high school. Although I have not been a part of FCA Hockey, I’ve enjoyed going to FCA meetings throughout my high school career. The past two years Eden Prairie has changed their meeting date to Friday mornings before school. It’s truly amazing to experience numerous kids getting up extra early to grow in their faith together before school.

FCA has helped me to mature my relationship with God, develop relationships with other Christians in my school, and has held me accountable to living a sold out life for God. Being a senior now, I have become more of a role model for the younger guys, which has been a lot of fun.

What is your favorite scripture verse?

I was going to use Mark 10:45 - “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” But after hearing John 21:25 during a recent sermon I had a change of heart.  John 21:25 - “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

This verse hits home because it gets me thinking about who Jesus really is. I know Jesus came to earth, lived the perfect life, and died on the cross so that I could have an eternal relationship with God, but is that all He did? After reading verse 25 you find out that there is a lot more we don’t even know about.  

The three reasons I listed should be enough for anyone to put their trust in Jesus, and the cool part about John 21 is that God is now telling us there is even more to Jesus than the miracles we know! Jesus was God, the Son, and was living evidence of God. He taught us how to live ours lives for God the Father.  John 21:25 is awesome because it sums up all the amazing miracles Jesus preformed and shows us there is always more to learn about Jesus and our relationship with God!

How did you hear about FCA Hockey?

Through Brian Sawtell (Young Life Leader) and then Rick Randazzo through Twitter. I also had a friend who has played for FCA Hockey in a tournament.

What else should we know about you (future goals in hockey, family members, what church do you go to, favorite stuff outside of hockey, etc.

I come from a Christian home with 2 older brothers and loving parents. My dad and his two brothers both played for Providence College in Rhode Island, where he was blessed to play in a Frozen Four. My brother Marc (19) plays for the Fairbanks Icedogs in the NAHL, and my oldest brother John (21) is a senior at the University of Minnesota. They have both played big roles in developing the man I am today. 

I am currently a 2-year Captain at Eden Prairie. Having two state tournament appearances and coming in 2nd place last year, our goal is to win the title this year with a strong senior class. After this year I plan on playing juniors, and then going to school to play Division 1 hockey.   

I am a member at Pax Christy Church, but have recently been hired at St. Andrews Lutheran Church to run a Bible study. I worked with three sophomores over the summer helping them develop their faith. Doing that along with being a counselor at Spirit in the Pines Church camp is how I was able to get hired at St. Andrews by one of their Pastors.

Leading a Bible study has been an awesome experience! I am learning how much hard work needs to be put in to make the night successful, along with developing strong relationships with the church and other high school leaders. I currently have about 40 members who attend my Bible study with 6 other high school seniors who work as small group leaders. One week prior to the event I meet with the other 6 leaders to teach them the lesson plan. On the study night we play a big group game, split into small groups, and then come back together for a leader’s devotion.

Like I said earlier I counsel up at Spirit in the Pines, which is the highlight of my summers. Along with going to FCA meetings, I also go to Young life and take part in another Bible study group that meets once a week. The last two years I have been able to play a role in our schools Mystory event. The event involves high school students sharing their testimonies, funny stunts, and ends with someone sharing the Gospel and asking people to commit their lives to Christ.

Outside of faith, I enjoy watching/playing all types of sports, working with younger kids (I was an assistant hockey coach over the summer for the 2006 Ice Edge Team), and spending time at cabins with buddies.

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Congratulations Nolan!... for being recognized by FCA Hockey as a leader for Christ in your community, and for your high school team.

Best of luck to you in your future endeavors, in life and athletics.

Keep the faith!

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