Eric is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Christy is from Chattanooga, Tennessee. They met while attending school at Tennessee Temple University. Eric played basketball at TTU for four years while Christy was a member of the cheerleading squad for three years.
They got married in 1998 and have three beautiful children, Stone, Olivia, and Riley. The Champions are members of North Florida Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida.
For eleven years, Eric taught sophomore history, and coached varsity boy’s basketball at North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, while Christy taught elementary ages and coached cheerleading.
The Champions surrendered to the mission field in February 2009 to work as the Assistant Field Directors of Costa Rica, and to focus on the sports ministries.