The Race Track Chaplaincy program began when a born-again racetracker,
Salty Roberts, saw the need for Jesus Christ in the lives of the people he
In 1969 he contacted Rev. A. D. "Al" Dawson with his
desire to start a mission for the backsiders. Rev. Dawson soon became the
Chaplain for the racetrack at Gulfstream and began having services during the
Other racetracks followed.
- The RTCA was organized in 1971, with its first Board of Directors. They became incorporated in 1972.
- The first full-time paid racetrack Chaplain was called and placed at Calder Race Track on September 1, 1972. Two months later full-time chaplains where hired for Hialeah and at Gulfstream as well.
- Today the RTCA has 45 chaplains serving more than 72 racetracks across America.
- The Race Track Chaplaincy of America is the primary vessel through which the Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared with the horse racing industry.