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Darryl Strawberry and Paula White Ministers to Michael Jackson at Ranch

Discussion in 'News & Current Events (Articles Required)' started by billiefan2000, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. billiefan2000

    billiefan2000 Senior Veteran


    Strawberry Ministers to Jackson at Ranch


    AP Photo

    Tue Dec 23,11:31 AM ET

    Pop singer Michael Jackson has found a friend in another celebrity who's had his own brushes with the law former baseball star Darryl Strawberry.

    Strawberry, a member of the Without Walls International Church in Tampa, ministered to Jackson during a trip to the singer's Neverland Ranch this weekend, said Randy White, the church's head pastor, on Monday.

    Strawberry, televangelist Paula White and Associate Pastor Rob Mallan had been invited by Jackson after meeting members of the church at a birthday party earlier this year for his father, Joe Jackson, White said. Strawberry could not be reached for comment Monday and others on the trip did not return calls for comment.

    The trio attended a gathering titled "You Are Not Alone," after a Jackson song. The event drew about 600 people, including tennis star Serena Williams, rapper MC Hammer and comedian Eddie Griffin.

    Strawberry, 41, has been making a new career for himself, sharing his experiences and talking about how his faith helped him turn his life around since his release from prison earlier this year.

    The eight-time All-Star and member of two World Series winners was released a Florida prison in April after serving 11 months of an 18-month prison sentence for violating probation on cocaine possession charges.

    Jackson, 45, was charged Thursday with seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. He maintains his innocence.

    Jackson has been free on $3 million bail since he turned himself in Nov. 20.

    Randy White, who was not on the trip, said Strawberry also talked to Jackson about dealing with media attention. Whether Jackson is guilty of molestation wasn't an issue in the meeting, White said.

    "If he is guilty, he needs some type of ministry and counseling," White said. "And if he's not guilty, he needs some kind of ministry and counseling with all he's been through. We are not the judge. We are waiting to see the outcome."

    Jackson spokesman Stuart Backerman said Strawberry was at the event, but couldn't confirm he ministered to Jackson when the two met privately.

    Also Monday, court officials named the judge who will hear Jackson's child molestation case.

    Rodney S. Melville, the former presiding judge of Santa Barbara County Superior Court, currently supervises the civil division. Officials said he's a widely respected judge with a no-nonsense attitude.


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  2. Michael0701

    Michael0701 Harley Ridin' Believer!!

    My prayers go out to Mr. Strawberry, what he is doing is admirable. This also seems to contrast with the stupid rumor associating Jacko with NOI.
  3. billiefan2000

    billiefan2000 Senior Veteran

    I am getting the word out on this,cause this isnt been mentioned much in the Christian Media however some Secular Media Outlets like the Omaha World Herald have mnetioned it and I hope Michael and others of Influence such as Ozzy Osbourne and Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova of the Russian band TATU and Eminem and Billie Piper to name a few come to know Jesus Christ as well

  4. Doctrine1st

    Doctrine1st Official nitwit

    You noticed too. ;)
  5. billiefan2000

    billiefan2000 Senior Veteran

    what are the odds that this story wont be mentioned by 700 Club or many in the Christian Media
  6. Lillithspeak

    Lillithspeak The Umbrella

    Spin anyone???????