Our CORE Staff


Tory Tanaka

tory@lexchurch.com | (859) 269-2800

Tory is excited to join the I AM 3rd staff! Tory grew up in Danville, where her activities included competitive swimming and soccer. She received an undergraduate degree in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and a dual MBA in Marketing and Strategic Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional experience includes management positions in Fortune 500 companies in California, New Jersey, and London, England, and she has led volunteer organizations and worked as a consultant in Tokyo and New York. Most recently, she spent seven years in admissions at Trinity Christian Academy here in Lexington.

Tory and her husband have three children who grew up playing I Am 3rd sports, and Tory served for several years as the team manager for the first I Am 3rd select soccer team: The Galaxy Boys, a team that launched several players who eventually went on to play for Division 1 college teams. It was while serving in that role that her passion for the mission of I Am 3rd grew, and she is thrilled to join I Am 3rd and Centenary to help advance the Kingdom through sports outreach.

Tory is excited to see how God will move and work in and through the ministry of I AM 3RD!

James Jaeger

Assistant Director
James.Jaeger@lexchurch.com | (859) 269-2800

James is excited to join the I AM 3rd team. James’ athletic experience include soccer and track.  He competed in soccer at the collegiate level while attending Asbury University.   James is a graduate of Asbury University where he received his degrees in Exercise Science, Physical education, and a minor in coaching.  His post graduate work was at the University of the Cumberland receiving a Masters in Educational Leadership.  His professional experience began at Lexington Christian Academy as a Physical educator and Women’s varsity soccer coach.  He later became assistant principal of LCA’s elementary and then director of LCA’s 6th grade academy.

James and his wife, Nancy, have two kids that were both involved in the I AM 3RD program.  Both he and his wife were I AM 3RD coaches.

James is excited to see how God is going to continue using I AM 3RD to make a difference for His kingdom.

James’ life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways follow Him, and He will make your paths straight.”


Isaac Lee

Assistant Director - Operations + Referee Coordinator

isaac@lexchurch.com | (859) 269-2800

My name is Isaac Lee, and I am the Recreation and Facilities Manager here at I AM 3Rd. I was born in Lansing Michigan, but I grew up in Morehead Kentucky. I was fortunate enough to receive an offer to run Track at Eastern Kentucky University, where I ran the hurdles (400 meter and 110 meter). During my time on the track, I helped my team to win two OVC Team championships. While I ran, I got my undergraduate degree in Sport Management and decided to go back to receive my Master's degree in Sport Administration.

I started at I AM 3rd as a sport marketing intern, fell in love with the environment, and knew that God had called me here for a reason.

I am very excited to do God's work here through the ministry of I AM 3rd.