George Stricklin Jr. aka Minister Slugger was born and raised in the small town of Marlin,TX. He is the proud husband of Linnette Jones Stricklin and the proud father of two boys and four step children. He Is a multi-talented man of GOD that has a wide range of gifts and talents.
During his senior year of high school in 1996, he became interested in producing music. It started out as a hobby, but then it became serious. The passion for music grew and he was determined to make it as a successful music producer. He started producing and selling tracks to local rap groups. When people started hearing the sound that he was producing, it wasn’t long before his name became known on the local hip hop scene.Slugger was not satisfied with local success and fame. He wanted to move up in the major league and produce tracks for known rappers. In the year of 2000, he and his friend Matthew Ford formed a rap group called “Staydown”. They traveled back and forth to Houston, TX to record their first album “Stay Down -N- Da Game”. They started recording in the same studios that the well known rappers were recording and in due time connections were established.
In 2002, Slugger finally got the break that he was dreaming of. He hooked up with a known rapper from Houston, TX by the name of Lil Flip. This connection earned Slugger the chance to produce a track on Lil’ Flip’s sophmore release “The UndaGround Legend” . The album went gold and then to platinum status, which made Slugger a platinum producer for the work that he produced on the album. With the status of now being a ”platinum producer” more opportunities came knocking. He then produced on the “Soldiers United 4 Cash” soundtrack that was for a documentary based on the life of the late ”Dj Screw”. He produced the featured track “4 My Nigga Screw” and “On The Southside”. The soundtrack sold over 50,000 units independent.
As Slugger’s name started to grow, so was the calling from GOD as well. GOD was calling him in a different direction to preach His word, but Slugger resisted the call and continued to do things his way. GOD started closing doors and nothing was prospering any more. The calling on his life then became so heavy that he could no longer resist GOD’S call. On November 9, 2003 he surrendered to the calling and has been on fire for GOD since. It was then that GOD gave Minister Slugger a passion for souls and a new purpose for his life and music. GOD has anointed Minister Slugger to reach people in an unorthodox fashion through his music and preaching. His main focus is to help bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ. In May of 2009 he was ordained as GOD was preparing him for greater works in the ministry. That same year he took a leap of faith and answered the calling to full-time ministry. Minister Slugger now travels throughout evangelizing the word of GOD. Within the same year he began an internet ministry that reaches lives all across the world on a daily basis.
The name Slugger was given to him by his mother when he was born. He was called by his nickname more than his legal name, by family and those in his hometown. The name has new meaning now. He is GOD’S Slugger and a “hard hitting fighter” in the spiritual realm for GOD’S Kingdom.