The football world is full of surprises. This is how some players, at some point in their career, decide to embrace another profession. Although most of them continue to practice in the sporting world, others on the other hand follow a completely unexpected trajectory. This is the case of these 6 footballers who have become pastors.
Taribo West (Nigeria)
The legend of the formerly occultist Super Eagles gave his life to Christ when he met Pastor Patience Ikemefuna. West is now pastor and founder of Shelter in The Storm Miracle.
Peter Knowles (England)
The eternal prodigy of English football and striker Wolverhampton Wanderers abandoned football to become a Jehovah’s Witness in 1969. Hoping it was a joke, the Wolves would have waited twelve years to break his contract.
Phil Mulryne (England)
The former Manchester United star was ordered in the Dominican order on July 8, 2017 in Dublin. He joined the Dominican order in 2012 after he retired.
The former English footballer of Newcastle United and Chelsea played as midfielder and striker from 1984 to 2002. In September 2008, he traveled to Canada to study theology in order to become a pastor. He is currently a former church and pastor at Calvary Grace in Calgary (western Canada).
Chase Hilgenbrinck (USA)
The American played as a defender for Ñublense and New England Revolution before taking an early retirement in 2008 at the age of 26. Coming from a very Catholic and practicing family, Chase decided to give up football to become a priest.
Alan Comfort (England)
Comfort became a Christian at the age of 20 while playing for Cambridge United and was trained as an Anglican curate at Ridley Hall College in Cambridge. He served as a chaplain for his former club, Leyton East for years.