Carey Casey is best known as a compassionate ambassador and speaker, particularly within the American sports community. As the former CEO of the National Center for Fathering (NCF), Casey has earned a reputation as a dynamic communicator, especially on the topic of men being good fathers. He is also author of the book, Championship Fathering: How to Win at Being a Dad and General Editor of the book 21-Day Dad’s Challenge: Three Weeks to a Better Relationship With Your Kids. His most recent book is Championship Grandfathering: How to Build a Winning Legacy.
Carey is also currently a pastor at Lawndale Christian Community Church — an inner-city church on Chicago’s west-side, recognized by the George H. W. Bush Points of Light Foundation. This vibrant church helps empower the community with health care, housing, education and economic growth.
From 2009 - 2016, Carey served on the White House Task Force for Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage. He also served as a member of the executive committee of the National Fatherhood Leaders Group, which promoted responsible fatherhood policy, research, advocacy and practice. In June of 2012, Carey was selected as a Fatherhood Champion of Change, as part of President Obama’s “Winning the Future” initiative, honoring those individuals shaping the fatherhood field and fathers themselves through their diligent work as “Fatherhood Champions of Change.”
Casey joined NCF in March, 2006, after 18 years in various roles with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, most recently as president of the FCA Foundation, gaining significant leadership experience with a large, successful, national nonprofit organization. His career has also included serving as chaplain at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Landry, and chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs. He continues to speak on life issues for numerous professional and college sports teams across America.
Carey has also served as a lecturer at the World Congress on Sports, the college football Senior Bowl, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention at the Final Four, and the Super Bowl. He has been featured in many local and national publications and broadcasts, including Focus on the Family’s radio broadcast and webcast, “Fox and Friends,” ESPN.com and ESPN’s “Quite Frankly” with Stephen A. Smith.
In high school, Carey played in the 1971 Virginia State Championship football game—the game that was later dramatized in the award-winning movie, “Remember the Titans”. Carey is still friends with former Titans coach Herman Boone and many of the other people who were portrayed in the movie.
Carey received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As a running back, he helped lead the school’s football team to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 1977. Carey was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in his home town of Salem, VA, and was Alumnus of the Year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Carey also attended seminary at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary on a Billy Graham scholarship, and Virginia Union University School of Theology in their M-Div programs.
Carey and his wife Melanie live in Chicago, IL. They are parents of four children and have nine grandchildren.