Fayetteville minister to serve as visiting pastor

Release Date: 3/21/2012

Clarksville, Ark. --- The Rev. Jan Butin, co-pastor at First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, will be the visiting pastor at University of the Ozarks on the week of March 26-30 as part of the university's Pastoral Study Leave Program.

Reverends Phil and Jan Butin

Reverends Phil and Jan Butin have serve as co-pastors of First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville since 2010. The Rev. Jan Butin will be on campus during the week of March 26-30 as part of the Pastoral Study Leave Program.

Butin and her husband, the Rev. Phil Butin, have served as co-pastors at FUPC in Fayetteville since March, 2010.  They have served previous congregations in Iowa, North Carolina, California, and New Mexico, including three shared co-ministries. They moved to Fayetteville from California, where Jan served the Presbytery of the Redwoods and the larger church in various capacities. The Butins have enjoyed a variety of church leadership roles, beginning with youth, Christian Education, and young adult ministry. They more recently focused on helping congregations clarify their mission and vision for renewal, growth, and outreach.

The Butins have a daughter in college in California, and a son who is serving on a year-long mission among the poor through Rostro de Cristo in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Jan particularly enjoys creative worship planning and leadership, and encouraging and caring for members of the congregation.

The Pastoral Study Leave Program was established in 2005 by the late Rev. Dr. James R. Struthers of Stillwater, Okla., a long-time member of the university's Board of Trustees. Struthers established the program to bring Presbyterian pastors to the U of O campus for personal and professional development. Butin is the 13th visiting pastor to take part in the program.