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The Bill Buckner FCA Luncheon

Thirty 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, and now under the leadership of Josh Gilreath, Mississippi FCA has grown into a ministry with over 35 staff that is impacting more than 20,000 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.

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"Throw out the I can't, I'll never make it, and I'm not good enough! Dream big, believe with your heart, show up and make a play!" – Neal Jeffrey

Neal Jeffrey Highlights:

NEAL JEFFREY, former All­-American quarterback at Baylor University and quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, learned the meaning of overcoming early in life. A stutterer since childhood, Neal had to find a way to "get through what he couldn't get over" to achieve his lifelong dreams. Today, he is one of America's most powerful and passionate communicators, speaking for corporate conferences, national conventions, sales organizations, sports teams – twice for the New York Yankees – school districts, student groups and churches from coast to coast. Everywhere he goes he inspires audiences to go "higher, swifter, stronger" in the critical areas of life. In addition to a busy speaking schedule, Neal serves as a speaking/teaching minister at the 28,000­ member Prestonwood Church of Dallas, Texas, where he has served for over 25 years. He and his wife Sheila live in the Dallas area and have three grown children. His new book, If I Can, Y­Y­YouCan! is available nationwide and at


“Neal Jeffrey is an amazing example of what it means to ‘overcome’. He’s a powerful encourager!” 
            Robert W. Best – Chairman & CEO, Atmos Energy
            Corporation, Dallas, Texas

“Neal Jeffrey has helped me in every area of my life. Way to go, Neal! ‘I’m still here!’" 
            Andy Pettitte – All-Star Pitcher, New York Yankees

“I respect Neal for his faith, his success on the field and what he stands for!” 
            Lovie Smith, NFL Coach, Chicago Bears

“You’ll feel the spirit and passion in every word he speaks.” 
            Kenneth Cooper, M.D. – The Cooper Clinic and
            Aerobics Center, Dallas, Texas

“Neal will give you a fresh new desire to live every day to the fullest. I’m so glad he came into my life!” 
            Pat Summerall – Legendary Broadcaster

“After hearing Neal Jeffrey, your people will be fired up like never before. He’s simply unforgettable!” 
            Jim Turner, Former Owner and Chairman,
            Dr. Pepper/7 Up Bottling Group

“Brace yourself! You’re about to be charged up and challenged!” 
            Zig Ziglar – Author/Motivational Teacher

"I have always respected and admired Neal Jeffrey!” 
            Mike Singletary – NFL Coach, San Francisco 49rs

2016 FCA Luncheon

2015 FCA Luncheon

2014 FCA Luncheon

2013 Wild Game Luncheon