By BOBBY HORN JR.
CROSBY A preacher who is described as strongly evangelistic and theologically very conservative will take the reins at First Baptist Church of Crosby this Sunday.
Bro. Robin Butler will preach his first message as pastor on Oct. 5. Butler was selected unanimously by the pastor search committee to fill a vacancy the church has had for over a year.
Butler comes to Crosby after serving as the executive director of Missions of Interstate Baptist Association. Serving through the North American Missionary Board, he was responsible for coordinating the ministry of 75 Southern Baptist Churches.
A graduate of Arcadia High School in Arcadia, La., he attended Louisiana Tech University, graduating with a bachelors degree in business administration/ marketing. It was at Louisiana Tech that Butler accepted Christ as his savior. After graduation he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, obtaining his Masters of Divinity.
In addition, he attended specialized training at the Glorieta (Lifeway) Conference Center, where he had additional training in pastoral and leadership skills. Butler is also a certified trainer in Faith, Continuing Witness Training and Masterlife.
Butlers first assignment as a pastor came at the First Baptist Church of Welch, Tx. He later served as pastor of the West End Baptist Church in Freeport, Tx., Emmaus Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and First Baptist Church in Brazoria.
During his tenure as pastor, Butler says that he has averaged one baptism per year for every seven persons in average Sunday School attendance.
Gifted in the spiritual gift of exhortation, Butlers strengths are preaching, congregational leadership, leadership recruitment and development and personal evangelism.
Butler had been married to his wife, Diana, for 36 years. They have two sons.
Butler enjoys golf, hiking, running, snow skiing, basketball and table games.
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