By Joey Stipek
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — One of Norman’s largest churches has chosen a new lead pastor for its congregation.
Mike Butler, 38, was voted lead pastor by the congregation of CrossPointe Church on March 23. Butler succeeds Glenn Quirk, who served as lead pastor for the last two years.
Butler views his promotion as a means to allow him to shepherd and guide those who attend the church’s worship services.
“With confidence it means God says you can do this,” Butler said.
The path to becoming the lead pastor at CrossPointe was a well traveled one for Butler. He spent time in Bartesville, Tulsa and then Oologah. It was while Butler was living in Yukon nine years ago that he received a call from Phil Scowden, now the lead pastor at Echo Church, to work with students and singles at CrossPointe. Butler’s time at CrossPointe also includes the three years that he served as pastor of spiritual growth.
Butler views his mission for people who attend worship at CrossPointe as just ideas and hopeful concepts pertaining to Christianity.
“It’s the realization that God genuinely loves you. That he has gone out of his way to express that love. That he afforded you the opportunity to know that love,” Butler said. “And the best way to experience that love is in community with other believers.”
Butler attended Hillsdale Bible College in Moore, where he received his bachelor’s degree in theology. He completed his Master of Divinity with an emphasis in professional ministry at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
Butler and his wife, Debbie, have three biological children, Hannah, 14; Nathan, 12; Rachel, 10; and two adopted children, Tavo, 6; and a 10-month old foster child.
CrossPointe Church has been a fellowship for more than 50 years but the physical location of the church has been at 2601 24th Ave. SE for the last 12 years. Nine-hundred people attend the church’s four different worship services weekly, according to Butler.
For more information, visit crosspointe.tv.
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