AIA Baseball Staff

Chris Beck

Baseball Director of Operations / GM – Chugiak Chinooks (ABL)

Chris, a Southern California native, attended the Master’s College, where he led the nation in strikeouts and was drafted in 1994. He played five years for the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs. Chris and his wife Danielle have been with AIA Baseball since 1999. Chris and Danielle have three sons, Ryan, Jackson and Ty. In 2007 Chris was inducted into The Master’s College Hall of Fame. On staff Chris oversees the day to day operations of the baseball department as well as traveling with the Alaskan team as General Manager of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks.

Justin Dillard

National Teams Director

Dillard Family Photo

Since concluding my college baseball career (Yavapai CollegeDallas Baptist University), I returned home to Colorado in 2005 to begin coaching high school baseball (Regis Jesuit, Fossil Ridge, Valor) as well as begin vocational youth ministry. After serving in the church from 2007 to 2011, I founded a local baseball ministry called Complete Game Ministries.

Beginning in January of 2016, I will begin my service on staff with Athletes in Action Baseball as the National Teams Director.  My role will be to oversee, promote, recruit, setup and organize all National Baseball teams. Additionally I will manage social media and Alumni relations.

I currently live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with my wife Michelle and our kids Caroline, Jackson, and Lilah. Here we are members of Centennial Covenant Church in Littleton, CO.  I am also pursuing my Masters of Arts Degree at Denver Seminary. I am passionate about meeting athletes where they are with the gospel of Jesus Christ and I feel blessed that God has provided me the opportunity serve the Kingdom in this way.

David Gnau

Xenia Scouts Program Director


David Gnau was born, raised, and has established his roots in the Dayton, Ohio region. After graduating from Beavercreek HS in 1984 he went to work in different capacities, but none more satisfying than the role he has now working for the Lord as part of the Athletes In Action Baseball Department in Xenia, Ohio.

Since becoming a part of the AIA team Dave has faithfully given himself to building young men into men of God, exhibiting character and dedication on and off the field. His love for his Savior, Jesus Christ, as well as the game of baseball is evident.

David enjoys time with his family Dave Jr., Heather, Keith, and Ava.

John McLaughlin

International Teams Director

McLaughlin Family Photo

John, originally from Dallas, Texas, has spent considerable time in St. Louis, Missouri where he not only attended high school but played college baseball at Saint Louis University.  After John completed his eligibility he spent his fifth year fall semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. John finished his years as a Billiken in the spring of 2002 with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. With a heart for people and a heart for the Spanish language, John not only participated as a player on AIA’s 1999 summer baseball team traveling to Latin America, but in 2001 he served as one of AIA’s coaches. After recognizing the impact AIA had on himself  and others during these experiences, John was led to join staff with AIA Baseball in 2002.

He spent the first four years of staff career in Xenia, OH leading summer college teams throughout Central and South America.  Then in 2005 John married his wife Natalie.  After two years in Ohio John and Natalie moved to Dallas, TX where John completed his Masters in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.  They then moved to Puebla, Mexico and served as AIA campus staff for two years.  They have since returned to Xenia, OH to join in the baseball action once again.  He is currently responsible for AIA Baseball internationally and attend Centerville Christian Fellowship Church.

Austin Harmon



Austin was born and raised in the Santa Barbara, California area. His family now lives in Buellton, California where he graduated and played baseball at Santa Ynez HS. Austin then attended Westmont College where he graduated in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies. Through this time God has been directing Austin toward sport ministry where he can combine his love for baseball and his heart to tell others about the good news of Jesus. By God’s timing this has turned into the opportunity to work as an intern with Athletes in Action’s baseball department in Xenia, Ohio for the upcoming year. Austin is thankful for this new opportunity, and excited to be a part of the mission of building up men of character and making disciples of all nations.