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November 18, 2010

People’s Church welcomes new pastor

JACKSONVILLE — People’s Church of Jacksonville will install its new pastor, David Butler, Sunday, and the long-time pastor from Florida said he’s excited to seeing what God brings to him and Jacksonville in the upcoming years.

“I have sensed a fresh breathing of God’s holy breath in this city,” Butler said. He’s been traveling back and forth from his former home of Destin, Fla., to Jacksonville for about three months, so said he has a good sense of East Texas — and loves it.

“This has all been a God thing,” Butler said. “God said, ‘I’m going to make this new church your home,’ and we said ‘Yes, Lord. Yes.’”

Butler said he is the son of a pastor, and his sisters are very involved in their respective church homes.

“We come from a long line of Christian workers and church leaders,” he said.

Butler has been a pastor for 25 years and traveled to 24 foreign countries to do mission work, he said.

“I really have a heart for missions,” he said. “I believe God has one church and it’s all of us. We’re a small part of the body of Christ.”

Butler said he looks forward to not only growing his new congregation, but being a part of the Jacksonville community.

“I believe God has brought me here to be part of the restoration of Jacksonville,” he said. “God said to me, ‘I’m going to restore the schools and restore the businesses.’

“This is the place to be.”

Butler’s installation ceremony will feature a greeting from Jacksonville Mayor Robert Haberle, County Judge Chris Davis as emcee, words from Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce President Peggy Renfro, words from State Rep. Church Hopson, and a complimentary rib eye dinner for all those in attendance after the ceremony.

Dr. David Dykes of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler will be the special speaker for the evening.

The service is at 6 p.m. Sunday at Peoples Church. The public is invited to attend.

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