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The Bill Buckner FCA Luncheon

Thirty-one years ago influencers in Mississippi gathered in the late Spring for The First Annual FCA Wild Game Luncheon.  At that time Mississippi FCA had one staff person, the late Bill Buckner.  Over the course of 27 years with Bill at the helm, then under the guidance of Josh Gilreath, and now with Bill Buckley leading Mississippi FCA, our staff has grown into a ministry with over 42 staff that is impacting more than 30,000 Mississippi Athletes and Coaches on a weekly basis.  

Late in his life Bill said, "We don't want another graduating class in Mississippi to finish without being challenged by the gospel." To honor the legacy of Bill Buckner, the event is now called “The Bill Buckner FCA Luncheon”.

While a lot has changed over the years, one thing has certainly not changed; God has used this luncheon to be the springboard for the FCA ministry in our state.  If you like athletics and you believe in God’s commandment for us to “go and make disciples”, then you don’t won’t to miss this luncheon. Your prayers and support of this event are critical to the success of FCA in Mississippi. Make plans to join other influencers of our state as we rally our hearts together for the cause of Christ.

"I was once very lost and tormented but now I am found and free in Christ Jesus. I want everyone to experience the saving and transforming power of Jesus Christ.” 

-Darryl Strawberry

Darryl Strawberry Highlights:

Darryl Strawberry is described as a legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game, the power he possessed at the plate and the story of redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives. He has earned the legendary nicknames and phrases of one of the most feared homerun hitters in the game of baseball, Straw’s Sweet Swing, Strawberry’s Field Forever and The Legendary Straw Man!

 Today, as an ordained Minister, Darryl’s purpose and passion is serving The Lord Jesus Christ by speaking a message of hope and helping others transform their lives through the power of the gospel.

Awards / Recognition

  • 2016 Appointed as an Advisory Board Member of SAMSHA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration)

  • 2014, New Book Release, “The Imperfect Marriage”, Help for Those Who Think It’s Over, with wife Tracy Strawberry

  • 2014 Co-Founder Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center in Orlando, Florida

  • 2010 Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice

  • 2009 New York Times Best Selling Author: Straw Finding My Way

  • 4 World Series Titles: New York Mets 1986, New York Yankees 1996, 1998, 1999

  • 8 Time National League All-Star: 1984-1991

  • National League Homerun Leader (1988)

  • 1983 National League Rookie of the Year: New York Mets

  • 1983 Topps All Star Rookie of the Year 

  • 2 Time NL Silver Slugger Award: 1988, National League Slugging Percentage Leader: 1988 

  • 20 Home Run Seasons 10x’s over: 1983-1991, 1998

  • 30 Home Run Seasons 3x’s over: 1987, 1988, 1990

  • 100 RBI Seasons 3x’s over: 1987, 1988, 1990

  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons 2x’s over: 1987, 1988

  • 2 Time Cancer Survivor