What is “The Fellowship of Young Christian Professionals”?
In 1983, I graduated from college and started an itinerant preaching ministry called “Crockett Evangelistic Ministries.” From 1983 until 1991 I traveled across America and around the world preaching in churches, schools and public meetings sharing the gospel of Jesus and experiencing the mighty hand of God as He changed people lives. In 1991 God lead me to take the pastorate of a church outside of Atlanta, Georgia. From 1991 until 1996 I saw the power of God as He once again changed people lives through the ministry of the church and the Christian school that was a part of the church.
In 1996 my whole life changed. I went through a divorce, resigned the ministry and almost took my own life. In August of 1997 I remarried. My present wife, Denise and I have been married now for 15 years. In January of 1998 I went to work at the computer store on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee (my home town). It was a difficult job that did not pay much but it met our needs. God was teaching me some valuable lessons about life that I had never learned.
In July of 1998 I left Vanderbilt and went to work for the corporate sales division of Office Depot, Inc. I started at the bottom and began to work my way up the ladder. In January of 1999 I was promoted to account manager where I finished as one of the top sales reps in the region. In 2001 I was promoted to the position of District Manager for the state of South Carolina and my family and I moved from Nashville to Columbia, SC. That first year as district manager, our district finished as the top district in the company in our category and I was awarded the President’s Club award which is given to the top 1% of sales managers in the company. In 2005 I once again won the coveted President’s Club award as one of the top managers in the company. Life was good!
In the fall of 2005, I was asked by our church to teach a class for young adults in their 20’s and 30’s called, “The Young Professionals.” This was the first time I realized the tremendous need for a ministry to help equip young adults to face life as believers. Over the last several years we have seen God bless this ministry. In 2009 we started a separate class for the young married professionals which would focus on equipping young adults as they transition to married life.
It was through the lives of the many young adults that have crossed my path over the last several years that God began to lead me to start “The Fellowship of Young Christian Professionals” (FYCP for short). In October of 2011 I resigned my position with Office Depot to launch out by faith and build FYCP. On May 26, 2010, Bill Crockett Ministries was formed as a 501 (c) (3) ministry with the purpose of researching and developing the FYCP organization. On November 16, 2010, BCM was awarded their tax exempt status by the IRS.
For the last year we have been praying, researching, testing, and preparing to launch an organization that would be founded on the principles of God’s Word and have as its purpose to reach and equip young adults for Christ.
The time has come to begin putting the pieces together in order to launch this ministry. Tomorrow I will share our vision and plan for doing just that in 2013!
Thank you for your prayers. I look forward to sharing more with you tomorrow.