The major league comes to Foundry Church in Castle Pines
Redemption brought peace and inspiration for baseball legend Darryl Strawberry, who spoke at Foundry Church last month.
By Kathy Fallert; photo courtesy of Foundry Church
Foundry Church in Castle Pines opened its doors to the public on Sunday, April 3 as they hosted baseball legend Darryl Strawberry for both of their morning services. Strawberry presented an inspirational and uplifting message about his athletic career, his personal life, and his journey to redemption.
Darryl Strawberry earned several accolades during his baseball career from 1983 – 1999, including a World Series win (1985) and Rookie of the Year (1983), entrance into the 30-30 club (30 home runs and 36 bases stolen in one season), and a second-place finish for the National League’s MVP (1988). Strawberry finished his career with 335 home runs, 1,000 RBIs, and eight All-Star selections.
Throughout most of his career, Strawberry also struggled with substance abuse. He rose to greatness through his athletic prowess, but was introduced to cocaine while playing in the major leagues. Cocaine then led to heroine and days on end in crack houses. His testimony about his recovery and his newfound addiction to religion and helping others was the very inspirational message delivered at the Castle Pines non-denominational church.
Strawberry and his wife Tracey, also a former addict, are now both ordained ministers who devote their time to the Strawberry Ministries, not only delivering a variety of inspirational messages but also helping substance abusers get clean, or as Strawberry says, “Helping those about to go off the cliff.”
Foundry Pastor Chuck Angel remarked, “Having Darryl Strawberry share his incredible story with our community was an amazing experience. The impact of his testimony is going to continue throughout our lifetime and beyond. We are so thankful he was able to be with us.”
For more information about Strawberry Ministries, visit http://strawberryministries.org/.