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Ventura County FCA Staff

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Austin Stockfisch

Multi-Area Director (Santa Barbara & Ventura County)

Austin was born in Valencia, CA and grew up in Scottsdale, AZ. From a young age Austin has known two things well- the love of Jesus and a love for sports. As a freshman at Desert Mountain High School four senior athletes started an FCA Huddle on campus. At that huddle his two loves were brought together in a powerful way.

Austin played baseball at Arizona State University (2005-2006) and Grand Canyon University (2007-2009) with a brief semester at Westmont College in between. After graduating in 2009 Austin signed with the Milwaukee Brewers where he played professionally for two seasons before retiring in 2011.

After baseball Austin took a job in Finance in Wheaton, IL. Two years later, Austin followed the Lord’s call into full time ministry as the Area Director in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, thrilled to be given an opportunity to serve in the ministry that had made such an impact on him throughout his life  As Area Director, Austin engages and develops the local Advisory Boards, hires and trains new area staff, and provides opportunities for donors to support God's work in FCA - all to see the name of Jesus Christ glorified in and through the world of sports in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and to the ends of the Earth!

Austin married Kristin in 2009. They currently live in Santa Barbara where the ocean constantly beckons the worship of their Creator and they hope year round golf (Austin) and beach volleyball (Kristin) become mainstays. They welcomed their first child, a daughter, Ryen Kate, on July 13th, 2014.

Dan Kaufmann

Ventura County Director

Dan was born and raised in Chicago where he was a 3-sport athlete at Elk Grove High School (football, basketball, baseball). His passion for baseball led him to Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. While there, Dan met two very important people in his life: his wife Lauren and Jesus Christ. He was invited to an athlete’s bible study, where a local doctor and wife opened their home for college athletes to come learn and grow in their relationship with Christ. It was the first time Dan had ever heard the Gospel and experienced authentic fellowship. Dan surrendered his life to Jesus and began to follow him. It was through the influence of other athletes that Dan began a relationship with Christ and why he is so passionate about FCA.

After two years at AASU, the drive to play professional baseball led Dan to transfer to The University of Memphis. He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and went on to consult in the construction industry upon graduating. Dan felt like his gifts and passions would be better utilized in teaching/coaching the next generation, but God had even better plans. He was introduced to the possibility of using those gifts and passions in FCA through a local staff person. Dan followed the Lord’s calling into full-time ministry and joined the Chicagoland FCA staff in 2012 as the North Suburbs Area Director.

The Kaufmann family is thrilled about serving the next chapter of their lives on the Ventura County FCA team. Dan will be serving as the Director of Ministries to help launch and sustain Campus, Coaches, and Community Huddles in Ventura County. Dan “out punted his coverage” in marrying Lauren in May of 2011. Dan and Lauren had their first child, Benjamin, in March 2014 and currently reside in Camarillo, CA.

Leah Perera

Ventura County Representative

Originally from the Boston area, Leah participated in her first FCA camp as a camper in 2005 and has been attending or leading every year since. FCA camp has always been her favorite week out of the summer and a foundation for growth in her spiritual life. The ministry of FCA hols a special place in her heart as she is passionate about using sports as a platform to share the gospel. 

Leah graduated from Wheaton College in 2016, where she played on the basketball team. During college, she participated in a local FCA huddle at Wheaton North High School for all four years by leading and mentoring high school girls and coached a high school team her senior year. Through her years of involvement with FCA, she has felt called to pursue full-time ministry and sharing Christ’s love through sports. Leah is excited about her move to California and is working as the Conejo Valley Area Representative for the local high schools and colleges.