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Jimmy Gilford

Campus Director

Jimmy Gilford is currently serving as the Baseball and Football Chaplain at Mississippi State, along with serving all other sports on campus. Jimmy leads Monday night multi-sport huddles on campus and facilitates men's Bible studies. His experience as a baseball player at Belhaven University and a strength and conditioning coach at Mississippi State allows him to reach student-athletes at all levels. 


Tyson Cunningham

 Men's basketball and Area Rep

Tyson Cunningham currently serves as the MSU Basketball Chaplain and Area Rep for 3 counties in District 4. His experience as a D1 athlete at Mississippi State allows him to reach athletes across the state of Mississippi. He is a gifted singer and musician whose talents are known across the state.

Alliesha Thomas

Associate Campus Rep.

Alliesha played Basketball at the University of Mississippi. Through injury in college, she met people in FCA that walked with her through those times. She has felt a calling back to ministry to serve women in sports in the same way she had people minister to her during college. She will serve on Mississippi State's campus with our women's sports as well as, serving our Multi-sport huddles.


Mary Kathryn Gilford

D4 Administrative Assistant

Mary Kathryn played soccer at Mississippi State before joining the FCA staff in 2016. She works with female sports on campus, assists the multi-sport huddle on campus, and performs the administrative duties for district 4.

Rani Wheat

Rani serves the Women's sports on campus. Her first focus is Women's basketball, but spends time with each women's team on campus. Rani was an assistant volleyball coach at State before serving as a coach at Virginia Tech. Along with her husband, Rani and her family planted churches and started an outdoor camp in Colorado before making the move back to Mississippi. We are excited and blessed to have Rani working with the female coaches and athletes on campus!