There are many things that set Liberty University and its Athletics Department apart from other Division I athletics programs, including Director of Spiritual Development Ed Gomes.
Gomes' day-to-day duties are to oversee the spiritual development of the football players by encouraging the student-athletes to understand who they are in Christ and to use their God-given talents to impact others through Whole-Person Development.
He is responsible for setting up team chapels and discipleship programs, developing one-on-one relationships with coaches, support staff, players and others outside the football program. Gomes also serves as the liaison between the University's Office of Student Affairs and the football program.
Gomes is no stranger to the Liberty University campus as he spent five years (1996-2000) as the University's Dean of Commuting Students. While in his role as Dean, he helped the University's commuting students connect with on-campus life.
Prior to his days at Liberty, Gomes served as an associate pastor in his hometown of New Bedford, Mass. He also served as chaplain for the local police force during his 11-year pastoral tenure and board member with the Kiwanis Club and local Y.M.C.A in New Bedford.
Gomes is a 1976 graduate of Liberty, which was then known as Liberty Baptist College. While receiving his undergraduate degree, he was a three-year starting point guard on the Flames' basketball team.
Gomes still holds numerous records at the University as he set a single-season record with 256 assists and 137 steals during his senior season. He is the school's all-time leader with 300 career steals and ranks fifth on the school's all-time list with 476 assists.
After graduation, Gomes traveled two years with the Life Action Ministries Teams from Buchanan, Mich. In 1980, he returned to Liberty and enrolled in the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He served the University as a Resident Director, while working on his seminary degree and finishing his studies in 1985.
Gomes currently is a member of the pastoral staff at Thomas Road Baptist Church and completed his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007.
His wife, Ruth, whom he has been married to for 37 years, is a professor in the University's Family and Consumer Sciences Department. The couple, who reside in Lynchburg, has two grown children who are both married.
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