Butter brings 'tri-vocational' ministry to Burnet



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.


Martha's Ministry a diamond in the rough



Brother Doug Fowler and wife Barbara were heavy hearted when they learned that some children in Burnet County were going to endure winter of 2009 with no jackets or warm clothing.

“When they found out, Doug asked the church (New Life Church), family and friends to donate what they could to help these children,” said Jenny Parker, a volunteer for the Ministry.

After donating, Doug knew there was a sense of importance that they needed to continue to help the community in any way they could.

‘Martha’s Clothing Ministry’ came to life with just a few things the church, family and friends could gather.

“The Ministry started with just a few tables made from saw horses, little stacks of clothes and one table of jackets,” said Parker.

Doug named the Clothing Ministry after ‘Martha of Bethany’ from the Bible, who was known for her concern for others.

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