Pastor Phil was called of God to the ministry in high school and has been preaching since then. Prior to currently serving as Interim Pastor at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship he has pastored 4 churches since 1981: Winslow Grace Bible Church of Winslow, Illinois; Artichoke Lake Baptist Church of Correll, Minnesota; First Baptist Church of Appleton, Minnesota; and First Baptist Church of Colfax, Iowa.
Pastor Phil is originally from north central Iowa, graduating from Allison-Bristow High School in 1975. He received his undergraduate education at University of Northwestern St. Paul graduating in 1979. He received his graduate degree from Moody Seminary in 1995.
Pastor Phil has been married to Jeannette for over 41 years. They have 3 children: Holly Jochims (husband Ryan), Melinda Harshbarger (husband Nick), and Dale (who is in heaven). Plus two grandchildren – Trey and Brianna.
Over the years Pastor Phil has worked on the side doing interior and exterior painting, farm labor, school bus driving, truck driving, pulpit supply preaching, and even helping at a local funeral home. He enjoys collecting farm toys, listening to 60’s and 70’s music and classic TV shows from that era, traveling with his wife, and spending time with family.
His personal website is www.pastorphilbutler.com, which includes brief Bible commentary podcasts called “Accent on the Bible.”