Butter brings 'tri-vocational' ministry to Burnet

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By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Jesus was a carpenter. The Apostle Paul was a fisherman. They, along with many other Biblical figures, made a living in other ways, in addition to spreading the word of the Gospel.

Today, the bi-vocational lifestyle is becoming a little more common as the economy changes, or as pastors simply wish to expand their reach through various lines of work.

A local pastor has dove head-first into the bi-vocational ministry since his arrival in Burnet in July 2017. Matthew Butter, pastor of Hoover Valley Baptist Church, might actually be considered tri-vocational.

After worshiping with his congregation on Sunday morning, Butter supports his family by selling insurance. When he is not working with his customers, he entertains the public with his musical talents.

“Having these different jobs, I get the opportunity to help people, network, meet new people, and minister to people in the marketplace, all while supporting my family,” Butter said.

Butter and his wife and their three children have made Burnet their home, and enjoy all the amenities the area offers.

“We enjoy going on family outings like hiking, touring museums, and places with history and educational aspects,” Butter said. “We love this area and the community. It has so many different networks and influences.”

The community has welcomed the Butter family with open arms, enjoying the music Butter creates and shares on a regular basis.

Growing up with a love for poetry and music, Butter played the tenor saxophone in school and was gifted a guitar by his mother. He then paired the poetry with the music he continued to create, and eventually blossomed into a signer-songwriter.

Butter is associated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and lead the worship services at his Alma Mater, Baylor University. Now, as the lead Pastor of the Hoover Valley Baptist Church, he leads his own congregation in musical worship on Sundays.

Butter has written over 250 songs, and released his first album, “Life is Grand,” in 2011. His Country-Gospel-Americana genre continues to strike a chord in his listeners' hearts, as he frequently plays shows at local gathering places. This multi-talented pastor has only been in the area a short while, but his impact on the Highland Lakes' live music culture is becoming more evident.

“No matter what I do, it is going to be ministry,” Butter said. “I like to help people and serve them in any way they need.”

Besides being seen all around Burnet and surrounding areas, Matthew Butter can also be found on multiple social media platforms, including his website, matthewabutter.com.

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