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Dr. Andy 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).

Between 1983 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 Association.

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 Association.

Andy has 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.

His hobbies 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

When 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 York

 

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 economy.

 

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
Interim Pastor
 
 
 
 
 
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