Our Team

The team that makes The Greatest Champion Foundation possible.


The Greatest Champion Staff

Jack Easterby

Founder / National Theologian & Leader
Jack Easterby is one of the country’s most respected leaders in sports ministry and sports leadership circles. He is a chaplain, author, consultant and frequent speaker at conferences and seminars throughout the nation. Easterby is in his 5th season as a Team Character Coach as well as a Director of Team Development for the NFL’s New England Patriots in Foxboro, Massachusetts. In addition to his current role with the Patriots, Easterby has served in consulting roles for the National Football League, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Southeastern Conference, the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, the United States Olympic Teams, as well as being entrusted with over 50 head coaching searches at both power five and mid major universities for multiple sports. As a keynote speaker Easterby has spoken for hundreds of universities, at numerous graduations/public banquet events, and has hosted charity fundraisers for countless causes around the United States and beyond! As a curriculum builder and team building entrepreneur, Easterby’s strategies/philosophies have beed adopted by a multitude of teams and organizations. In the media, Easterby as been recognized by ESPN the Magazine, The State Paper (South Carolina), FCA Magazine, Christianity Today, The Boston Herald, The Conservative Tribune, and Boston.com, as a trendsetter in his field. In 2011, Easterby, along with his family and supporters in Columbia, SC established The Greatest Champion Foundation which has been contracted to develop curriculums, team building strategies and sport ministries all over the country. Through his “on the ground approach” to chaplaincy and national ministry, Easterby has aimed to leave a legacy in multiple sports arenas in the form of a return to a “Kingdom Ethics” approach to leadership that teaches God’s comprehensive rule over every area of life. Easterby is married to Holly (Greenville, S.C.), his wife and ministry partner of 12 years. The couple has two girls Houston (7) and Harriet (5).

Will Fortanbary

Media / Creative Director
Will Fortanbary is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina. He received a degree in Media Arts and works remotely for The Greatest Champion foundation from his home in Atlanta, Ga. In his free time he enjoys animating, designing, and being with friends. He has won awards for his animated and still graphic designs including a student "ADDY" award his senior year in college. Will and and his wife Joy enjoy traveling and have been to over a dozen countries all over the world. Will lives with his wife Joy and their giant lovable dog, Mia. He aspires to one day be an astronaut or own and operate a chick-fil-a.

Jimmy Easterby

Director of Camps
A retired counselor with the State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Jimmy Easterby has been doing sports related ministry in the Columbia, SC area for more than two decades. Jimmy has served as a sports ministry assistant and basketball camp director at both First Batist Church and First Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia. As the founder of First Presbyterian's Summer Basketball Camps and as a director of the Columbia Christian Youth Basketball League Jimmy has impacted countless number of lives as a mentor, coach, and spiritual leader. As an athlete Jimmy played basketball at nearby A.C. Flora High School and loves to play golf recreationally. He and his wife (betsy) are members at First Presbyterian Church and have two children (Jack & Katherine) and four grandchildren (Houston, Harriet, Kelly & Smith)

Robbie Madison

Worship / Music
Robbie Madison, artist, singer, musician received training in various branches of the arts from the tutelage at Charleston School of the Arts, his undergraduate studies in music at Newberry College, and the various artistic activities that he has been involved in over the years. He is the founder of C.L.A.Y. (Christian Living Among You) Campus Ministries at Newberry College which an interdenominational ministry that focuses to unite people from different backgrounds to the glory of Christ, spending time in worship to the Father and hearing from His word. He has focused a great deal of his life to the missional work of Christ as he has served all over the world, inner city Los Angeles, Dominican Republic, Argentina to name a few places he was able to serve, and he works to make Christ's name famous through his life. "Through my imperfect work I get to point to the perfect work of the Savior!" He also is a jazz vocalist and musician that has collaborated with artist around the world and works as a music educator, and developer for organizations and ministries.

Emmanuel Hightower

Operations
Emmanuel Hightower is an artist, singer, and musician. He is a proud graduate of Ben Lippen School and Newberry College. Currently he works as a musician, worship leader, and teacher at Webber Elementary School. While at Ben Lippen, he was the captain of the basketball and football teams. He received scholarships for football and music at Newberry College. He became the first person to graduate with a football and music scholarship from the school. While at Newberry, he served as a musician for C.L.A.Y. (Christian organization at Newberry College). He was also very active in the various musical ensembles; such as the jazz band, choir, and small piano groups. Now he spends his time playing for different music artists as their keyboardist. He is also the worship leader at his church in Columbia, SC. Not only being a full time musician, Emmanuel is a full time teacher. Giving his time to help the children of Webber Elementary School in Eastover, SC. His passions are spreading the love of Jesus in sports, music, and the education of young men and women.

Dylan Thompson

Team Development Director
Dylan Thompson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Sport and Entertainment management. While in Columbia, Thompson played Quarterback for the Gamecocks, where he led the SEC in passing in 2014. He recently finished playing professionally for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams. While on this journey, Dylan met his wife, Melanie, and the two married in June of 2015. Dylan was the winner of the 2014 Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award, given annually to the college football player than best values community service as well as achieves at a high level on the playing field. Dylan was also a finalist for the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy, an award given to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement." Dylan & his wife, Melanie are excited to see the journey God has laid out for them. Dylan is partnering with Charleston Southern University!