Hello, I’m Mike Buchanan. I know pain and setbacks all too well. As an athlete, I was recruited by colleges in four different sports but injuries kept me from ever starting a regular season. My dreams of competing professionally were all but shattered due to one injury after another.
As a spiritual mentor and sports chaplain I’ve spent over 30 years working with athletes at the high school, Division I college, and professional level, helping them understand their pain and leverage it into their superpower.
I am a lifelong learner of the Word of God, and I love Jesus. I am married to my best friend and have three children. Currently, I split my time between working with athletes, writing, and speaking to audiences around the world. If you are interested in having me speak to your group or at your next event, please connect with me HERE!
Who I've Worked With
Qualifications & Experience
30+ years on staff with Athletes in Action (AIA)
Currently working on Global Events Team for AIA
Radio Show Co-host for Christian Sports Talk Hawaii on KAIM
Author of More Than That: Biblical Principles for Dealing with Athletic Injuries
Football and Baseball chaplain at UCLA
12 years as AIA Director at the University of Hawaii
Minister to coaches and athletes at all levels: professional, olympic, college, high school, and youth
Read what these athletes have to say about Mike
USA Volleyball 2020, 2016
Olympic Bronze Medalist
and USC volleyball captain
"After recently coming off a knee surgery myself, reading through Mike's book brought me encouragement and wisdom confirming God's active role in my life and its setbacks. His story of challenges and triumphs is a must read that offers great insight into the ever-present faithfulness of God."
NFL Pro Bowler
Titans, Bucks & Dolphins
and UCLA All American
"Reading Mike's book took me down a path of remembrance of my career as an athlete. His message is an empowerment tool for those who seem powerless dealing with injuries. This is a tough subject for any athlete at any level. I think it’s great to help guide the next generation in ways of dealing with injuries."
"Many athletes find their identity in sport, and injuries can cause them to become angry, depressed, or even question their purpose in life. Mike's store reminds us that God can bring amazing blessings from our hardest moments in life."
Hall of Fame
Professional Beach Volleyball Player
"More Than That shares Mike Buchanan's tumultuous journey through life, and how he slowly let God strip away his pride through athletic injuries. Michael shares his stories and his insights in a way that will make you remember and make you grow."