CHRIS BUTTERY, Senior Pastor
Pastor Chris was born in Port Lincoln, Australia as the middle child to an itinerant family. While heavily involved in athletics, sports, and performing arts while a child and youth Chris fostered a longing to be a successful architect.
After a couple of events that shook his world, Chris surrendered his life to Jesus at the age of eighteen. While studying architecture part time and working as a full-time restaurant production manager, God called Chris to enter full-time ministry.
Referring to himself as the “reluctant minister” he completed his ministerial training in the United States, graduating from Hartland College as a pastoral evangelism major. In 1998 he married Jennifer, who at the time was a multi-grade elementary teacher.
They lived in Toronto, Canada working with the Ontario Conference for seven years to help grow a vibrant adult and youth evangelistic outreach and literature ministry with the Home Health Education Service and Canada Youth Challenge. It was here that all three of their children were born: Aaron, Joanna, and Abigail.
Starting in 2005, Pastor Chris began working with the Pennsylvania Conference serving several lively churches near the Scranton and then the State College area. Toward the end of 2012 he received a call from the Northern California Conference to work as an associate at Sacramento Central serving as Family Life and Evangelism pastor. In the spring of 2014 Pastor Chris was invited to be the lead pastor for Sacramento Central, a responsibility he has described as “huge and humbling.”
Pastor Chris’s vision for ministry includes leading, teaching and growing members to be engaged in discipling others for Jesus, and instilling in each a passion for sharing the “everlasting gospel.”
When he has some downtime Pastor Chris enjoys staying active, reading and catching up on current events, trying his hand at playing the guitar, and enjoying his family.