Our History

The Background

In 1983,  Bill Crockett graduated from college and started an itinerant preaching ministry called “Crockett Evangelistic Ministries.” From 1983 until 1991 he 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 change people’s lives. In 1991 God led Bill to take the pastorate of a church outside of Atlanta, Georgia.  From 1991 until 1996 he once again saw the power of God change people’s lives through the ministry of the church and the Christian school that was a part of the church.

In 1996 Bill’s whole life changed. He went through a divorce, resigned the ministry and almost took his own life. In January of 1998 he went to work at the computer store on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee (his home town). It was a difficult job that did not pay much but it met their needs. God was teaching Bill some valuable lessons about life that he had never learned before.

In July of 1998 he left Vanderbilt and went to work for the corporate sales division of Office Depot, Inc. He began at the bottom and began to work his way up the ladder.  In January of 1999 he was promoted to account manager where he finished as one of the top sales reps in the region. In 2001 he was promoted to the position of District Manager for the state of South Carolina and moved from Nashville to Columbia, SC.

That first year as district manager, Bill’s team finished as the top district in the company in their category and he was awarded the President’s Club award which is given to the top 1% of sales managers in the company. In 2005 he 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, he was asked by his church to teach a class for young adults in their 20’s and 30’s called, “The Young Professionals.” This was when he became aware of the tremendous need for a ministry to help equip young adults to face life as believers. Over several years Bill has watched as God blessed this ministry. In 2009 they started a separate class for the young married professionals which would focus on equipping young adults as they transition to married life. As of 2016, there is now a full time Young Professional Pastor at the church who serves three young professional classes and dozens of young adults.

It is through the lives of the many young adults that have crossed Bill’s path that God began to lead him to start “The Fellowship of Young Christian Professionals” (FYCP for short). In October of 2011 he resigned his position with Office Depot to launch out by faith and start 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.

 The Vision & Plan

After spending 13 years in full time ministry and then another 13 years in the corporate business world, Bill began to wonder what God really wanted him to do. A dear friend of Bill’s said to him one day, “You’ve been given a unique set of experiences. Many pastors never have the opportunity to work in the business world and many business professionals never have the opportunity to work as a full time pastor or minister. You have a combined 26 years experience in doing both (13 in ministry & 13 in business)!”

As he thought about what his friend had said, it began to make sense. God had uniquely prepared him to start a ministry that would combine the experience of teaching & counseling God’s Word with the successful experience of working in the business world to be able to help and equip young adults for life! This is what FYCP is all about. We are simply, “Investing in those who impact our future.”