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Author, Trainer, Keynote Speaker for our Challenger Banquet

Todd Gerelds is author of the book, Woodlawn, a dramatic, powerful, and true story of redemption and reconciliation that occurred in the middle of what many say was the most racially charged and volatile era of Birmingham, Alabama’s history. The miraculous events that Todd witnessed as the young son of Coach Tandy Gerelds—Woodlawn High School’s football coach in the early 70’s—became a major motion picture that played in thousands of theaters across the country. Its message of hope, faith, and God’s incredible power to change lives through love has already made a huge impact in our public and private schools, churches, athletic teams, businesses, charity organizations, and many individual lives.

In his book, Todd recounts how he witnessed God’s amazing love transform a team, his dad, a school, and even a city over the following years as he tagged along to practices and games with his father. Though the events unfolded decades ago, the message of grace, love and change that is possible through Jesus brings fresh relevance to today’s culture. Many Christian leaders and pastors believe that God is using this amazingly timely story to do a major work among His people, this country, and even the world. Todd’s talks are driven by the passion he feels about having personally experienced God’s life-changing love and the extraordinary work he believes God accomplishes through every day, ordinary people.

Todd is currently working on his second book expected to be released in Fall of 2017.

Born, 1968, at East End Hospital located 2.4 miles from Woodlawn High School.

Graduated from Deshler High School (Tuscumbia, AL) in 1986 where he played for his late father, Tandy Gerelds. Played football for Coach Bill Burgess at Jacksonville State University before giving up football due to injury. Graduated JSU 1991. Married to Jennifer Morgan Gerelds. They have 4 daughters, Morgan 18, Bailey Kay “BK” 16, Alli 14, and Maggie Leigh 10.