As cofounders of the SBUX bible studies in Vienna, the Pantons became familiar with Surge personnel and their ministry through soccer. Danny was also one of the directors of the Patmos Discipleship School for Calvary Chapel. God gave Danny a tremendous heart for displaced refugees coming into Europe and caught the vision of using soccer to engage and build relationships with them. Together Danny and Rebecca not only directly serve the refugee community but they also provide needed leadership to participants in our Global Player Initiative (GPI) in Europe.
Having played soccer at Judson University, Mike went on to play professionally in Sweden. During his time there he joined a Surge international soccer team for a 2014 tour in Burundi, Africa with the purpose of promoting peace in the aftermath of tribal genocide. Mike is currently providing personal professional soccer training to athletes in the Sacramento area.