Ralph Drollinger is a third-generation Californian who grew up in La Mesa, a suburb of San Diego. At seven foot one, he played basketball for legendary coach John Wooden at UCLA and was the first player to go to four NCAA Final Four Tournaments. During both his junior and senior years, he was an Academic All-American, graduating with a degree in ecosystems. He earned his master of divinity degree from the Master's Seminary some years later. Drollinger turned down several NBA opportunities to play with Athletes in Action, touring the world and preaching the gospel during the halftimes of their games. After four years with Athletes in Action, he played briefly with the Dallas Mavericks as the first player they signed in the NBA expansion draft in 1980. After his basketball days, he served in sports ministry as the director of the trade organization of America's sports ministry movement, called Sports Outreach America. Drollinger and his wife, Danielle, founded Capitol Ministries in 1997. The group has started dozens of ministries throughout the United States, and recently, in Latin America. In 2010 Ralph and Danielle Drollinger started Capitol Ministries in Washington, DC. In 2013, Ralph was named the convener of the government outreach track for the US Lausanne Committee.