Buckley is a native of Sulphur and a 1970 graduate of Sulphur High. As a child
he grew up in First Baptist Sulphur where his dad served as a deacon and mother
a children’s Sunday School teacher. After thirty years of involvement in
various ministry related leadership positions, Dr. Andy Buckley retired from
full time ministry in 2003 to begin a new career in secondary and higher
education, teaching Advanced U.S. History and African American Studies at
Barbe, LaGrange, and Bell City High Schools and History 201 and 202 at Mc Neese
State University, 2007-2013 as an adjunct lecturer in evening classes.
He holds the
B.A. degree in Social Studies/History from McNeese, the Master of Divinity degree
in Church History from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and the
Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary with a major concentration
in organizational leadership/administration.
Buckley has also completed additional graduate work in history at
McNeese (15 hours) and in religious education at New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary (12 hours).
and 1992 Buckley served as BSU Director at the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette and Louisiana State University Eunice. During his tenure at UL,
Buckley taught as a part time instructor in the History/Philosophy Department,
served as the faculty sponsor of FCA (1986-1992), and was chaplain of the
football team under Coach Nelson Stokley for three years. He also served as President of the Acadiana
Adult FCA Chapter (1986-89) and as Chairman of the Campus Minister’s
He is a
member of the Sons of the American Revolution (President of Oliver Pollock
Chapter, Lake Charles), the Sons of Confederate Veterans (Camp Commander James
W. Bryan Camp, Lake Charles), and the Hood’s Texas Brigade Veterans
been married for 39 years to the former Debbie Crick of Westlake, who serves as
Principal at A.A. Nelson Elementary in Lake Charles. The Buckley’s have two children, Jonathan who
lives in Sulphur and is an employee of the Calcasieu Parish School Board and
Mika, a business development specialist and owner of a small event planning
company in Denver.
are reading books about American History, historical research and writing, and
collecting O-Gauge model trains.
A Message from Dr. Buckley
Finding Your Way Home
the railroads were first introduced to the U.S., many people feared trains
would be the downfall of the nation! Here's an excerpt from a letter to
President Andrew Jackson dated January 31, 1829:
As you may know, Mr. President,
'railroad' carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by
'engines' which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar
and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the
livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never
intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed.
Martin Van Buren Governor of New
There is no avoiding change in our world. Ever heard the
expression, “The only constant in our
world is change?” Change is built into the very fabric of life. We
constantly encounter new developments and changes, both positive and negative. We
have all witnessed the emergence of new technologies, the introduction of new
consumer products, the creation of new ways of personal communication, the
development of new approaches to education, and the emergence of a new global
The truth is we cannot choose whether change will occur or
not. Change is constant. But we can
choose whether to embrace change or resist change. A man living in rural Alabama bought a new
radio, brought it home, placed it on the refrigerator, plugged it in, tuned it
to WSM in Nashville (home of the Grand Ole Opry), and then pulled all the knobs
off! He had embraced all the change he was willing to experience in life.
Transformation is a non-negotiable
for the every Christian and every local church. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with unveiled
face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just
as from the Lord, the Spirit.” Romans
12:2 sys, “Be transformed by the renewing
of your minds.”
Both of these verses highlight God’s intention of transforming believers
and churches into the glorious image of Christ. We are supposed to experience change, but transformation is often
not the norm for many believers and most Baptist churches. We are supposed to
observe transformation because it is a part of God’s plan, but too often
stagnation and resistance to change is the norm.
We can choose to cooperate with God and embrace the kind of change that
advances the Kingdom of God in our world, or we can retreat into a subculture
that resists change and isolates our fellowship from the world. It is our decision.
Will we engage change or stubbornly resist change? I believe I have been
called by God as your interim pastor to lead our fellowship to make the intentional transitional changes
necessary to prepare to enter His future. My role is not to manage the status quo or continue ministry approaches
the church has used for decades. Most interim pastors try to take the “don’t
rock the boat” approach, thinking that if we remain very still in the boat it
won’t turn over. I will not follow this course of action. Will you join with
me, very capable staff, and our dedicated leadership in embracing the changes necessary to capture
God’s glorious future for FBC Sulphur?
Dr. Andy Buckley