Rev. John Owen Butler
The Rev. John Owen Butler serves as the senior pastor of Grace Church Buderim (WPC), in Queensland, Australia. A Presbyterian minister and a native of the USA, Mr. Butler has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years, serving as a pastor, military chaplain, and a missionary. In addition to his ministerial work, he has been an acting principal and lecturer for a theological college in Australia, an adjunct instructor in history and government for a university in the USA, and an adjunct lecturer in church history for Equip Gospel Ministries in Kuala Lumpur since 2013.
III. Educational Qualifications
Doctor of Theology studies (incomplete)
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Focus: Homiletics/Church History
Master of Divinity
Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Bachelor of Science
Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, USA
Majors: Radio/TV Broadcasting, History
IV. Ministry Experience
Grace Christian Church (WPC), Buderim, Queensland, Australia
June 2017 - present
Heritage Presbyterian Church (PCA), Edmond, Oklahoma, USA
February 2012–September 2015
V. Teaching Experience
Acting Principal and Lecturer
Sunshine Coast Theological College
Buderim, Queensland, Australia
June – December 2016
Missionary intern (short-term) with Mission to the World
Fill-in for principal while on sabbatical
Administrator / Lecturer in Old and New Testaments.
Adjunct Lecturer in Church History
Equip Gospel Ministries, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 2013 - present
Th.L. Program, CH 201 & 202, 206. With approval of Australian College of Theology
Taught in person, intensive.
Adjunct Instructor in History and Government
Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, USA
August –December 2004; August 2009 - May 2012; January 2016 – present
Undergraduate US History, Pre- & Post-1865; Western Civilization I & II; Church History (special topic); American Federal Government
Taught in person and online
Teaching Elder (Minister) in good standing, Queensland Presbytery, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Australia.
Teaching Elder (Minister) in good standing, North Texas Presbytery, Presbyterian Church in America. Labouring out of bounds in Australia.
Chairman, Mission to the World Committee, North Texas Presbytery, February 2008-February 2014
Stated Clerk, Mid-America Presbytery, PCA, May 1992 – May 2001; Interim Stated Clerk, North Texas Presbytery, PCA, March 2010 – August 2010.
Broadcast Radio: I have worked as a DJ, announcer, producer, program director, and operations manager for several commercial and public stations in northeast TX, 1975-1981.
Amateur Radio Operator, General Class License: KF5MDW
Volunteer in Emergency Management, City of Altus, Oklahoma – Leader, Virtual Operations Support Team
Volunteer, National Weather Service Forecast Office, Norman, Oklahoma