Rubén Fernández

Samuel, Josué, Lucía, David

Living Jesus, Sharing Life

Ruben and his famiy have served with Agape (CRU) Spain, Europe and globally full time since 1994. His calling, vocation, passion, vision, formation, experience continues to be, now with the ECM family, caring and advancing the kingdom in the context of sports. 

Our best version in life and sport performance belongs in our bodies and minds but includes too and is affected by our emotions, relations, character, habits and personal and sport environment, formation, resources, goals and environment. SportCARE supports human flourishing and top-fit sport performance for the whole development of sportspeople and their sport communities.

Ruben was part of Athletes in Action (AIA) since its early beginnings (1985) in Europe/Spain. Ruben is first born son to Gabino and Isabel Fernández. Gabino was a recognised historian, pastor and teacher, and founder of Centro de Estudios de la Reforma ( (Reformation Studies Centre in Spain). In 1994 Rubén joined Agape full time, discipling, coaching and mentoring sportspeople into Christ-centred kingdom servants.

Ruben was asked to give leadership to the AIA Spain National Ministry (1997). His responsibilities where highly focused on ministry with basketball, pro sports and helping as part of the European team and board, and included serving the Agape family —Student Venture, Family Life, Campus, Jesus film, etc), 

From 2006 to 2008 Rubén and his family moved to Barcelona to start a new season leading Agape Spain. Ruben was national director to a team of 100 full time staff and over 500 associates and volunteers in 15 ministries reaching out and serving the felt needs of families, children, sports people, musicians and artists, students, business people, politicians, based in 9 cities across Spain.

Later on (2008-2018) Ruben was Director for AIA Western Europe to 7 staffed country teams, pioneering and accelerating sport mission while he mentored a new AIA Spain leadership. During these years Ruben was European Coordinator for the AIA Global Council and part of several regional and global boards (ECSU, GSCA, etc) within sports and mission.

With (2018- ), Rubén serves churches, agencies and individuals for the growth of sportspeople, their teams, clubs and sport communities with sport chaplaincy, coaching, mentoring sport and social development, etc.

Ruben has studies on sports education, sport performance professional coaching, theology (Master in Theology and Ministry with Fuller Theological Seminary) and has a degree in basketball National Coach.

Ruben being an official chaplain at Sidney, Athens & London Olympics and leading one of the best basketball camps in Spain at Frigiliana (Málaga) are some special moments from his ministry serving Jesus.

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First Culture Worker in Spain
Country of origin

With ECM since 2022

Rubén Fernández

Rubén Fernández