CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 17, 2019 – An eight-time Major League Baseball All-Star and four-time World Series Champion, Darryl Strawberry spoke to a sold out crowd Friday evening at the Billy Graham Library’s Men’s Dinner, telling the crowd of 300 about his path to redemption through his relationship with Jesus Christ.
After battling addiction for much of his life and baseball career, Strawberry gave his life to Christ more than a decade ago and now serves as a pastor and speaker. He cited Billy Graham’s influence on his ministry, saying, “I learned how to preach the Gospel because of Billy Graham. [When I was called to the ministry] I started studying his books and listening to him as an evangelist who was called to win the lost. Billy Graham left such a great legacy, his legacy was Jesus Christ.”
Before accepting Christ as his savior, Strawberry admitted that he had given many excuses for ignoring God, but finally came to the point of surrender. “I didn’t want to be me anymore. I wanted to be in Christ,” he said. “I didn’t want to be Darryl Strawberry: great baseball player, who had troubles. No, I wanted to be redeemed and restored.”
Other upcoming events at the Billy Graham Library include a meet and greet with Anne Graham Lotz (Oct. 3), Bikers with Boxes (Oct. 19) and a book signing with Tammi Jo Shults (Nov. 16).
About the Billy Graham Library
The Billy Graham Library opened in 2007 and has since had more than 1.4 million visitors from around the world. Admission to the Library and The Journey of Faith is free. For more information on the Library and upcoming events, or to schedule a group tour, please visit www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org. You can also stay connected with the Billy Graham Library on these social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and on the Library blog.
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