On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Back Bay Mission celebrated 95 years of service at its annual Musicians with a Mission fundraiser at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi. The evening featured a traditional Back Bay Mission shrimp boil, music by the Blackwater Brass, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event went to support the Mission’s client sustainability campaign.
The evening also featured short presentations by Rev. David and Mrs. Karlyn Stephens. Rev. Stephens is a former executive director of the Mission. Mrs. Stephens was on staff, first as administrative assistant, secretary, bookkeeper, and caseworker, and later as an associate director. While they were initially sent to close a Mission that was in dire financial straits, together, they rebuilt the Mission into a social services powerhouse on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Among their accomplishments were starting Coastal Family Health and beginning the tradition of shrimp boils in the United Church of Christ.
Rev. and Mrs. Stephens shared stories of their time at Back Bay Mission.
Our deep gratitude to everyone who made this evening possible.