Former Lipscomb basketball player Michael Teller, a biochemistry major, is living with a host family in North Carolina as he prepares for a season of basketball and ministry with Athletes In Action. He says he is “letting God lead my life”. He also is striving to start his career as a professional basketball player with Athletes in Action, the athletic arm of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Both in Puerto Rico as well as in the U.S., Teller and his team will work alongside the catalytic Campus Crusade ministries and local churches to share Christ with the opposing teams, students and the crowds at half time. Teller’s goal is to find an opportunity to play overseas and share Jesus. He views it as a way of life rather just basketball. He stresses that “basketball is my God-given talent in this moment, and I desire use these skills and my life to draw others to Jesus long after basketball is over, anywhere I find myself.“
Teller spent some time this week with Lipscombsports.com to talk about his time with the Bisons.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played basketball from 2006-2011. I played for Scott Sanderson, Jay Walton, Shaun Senters, Pete Froedden, and Hubie Smith in my time at Lipscomb.”
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“My fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb was beating Belmont at their place and then giving the game ball to Barry Brewer at his house!”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“Ryan Daly had the biggest influence on me at Lipscomb. He helped me find The Lord and begin my relationship with Him.
“Also, Coach Sanderson had a huge impact on me during my time at Lipscomb. He treated me like a son, especially during the time when I was going through a lot of family issues.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“My fondest non-athletic memory at Lipscomb was getting baptized in the Elrods’ pool.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“Easily the most valuable thing I gained from Lipscomb was my faith in God, which was continually fostered every day in class and chapel. Another valuable thing from Lipscomb was making friends with people that I will be friends with for the rest of my life.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Dr. Kent Clinger was my favorite professor at Lipscomb. He loved to talk to me about basketball, but he never took it easy on me or let me slack in class. He always challenged me to do as well as I possibly could in his classes.”
Where do you live now?
“I am living in Raleigh, N.C.”
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“Right now I am working with an organization called Athletes in Action. It is a touring basketball team that plays against colleges in North and South Carolina, but the main goal of the tour is to spread the word of Jesus Christ. After we get done playing the colleges we are heading to Puerto Rico on a mission trip.”
Tell us about your family.
“I am not married, and I don't have any children. My mother, Linda, still lives in my hometown of Lafayette, Ind. My father, Bill, resides in Murfreesboro, Tenn. My sister, Meg, is going to school at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Ind.”
Mike’s e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org