ELYRIA, Ohio—First Baptist Church ordained Joshua Butler. He has been associate pastor of youth ministries at First Baptist Church since July 2012.
The ordination council, consisting of 32 people representing 17 churches, convened on March 1 to examine Joshua’s views of Bible doctrine, his Christian experience, and his call to the ministry. First Baptist held an ordination service on Sunday, March 3. Gary Anderson, president of Baptist Mid-Missions, gave the charge to the church, and Steve Butler, Joshua’s father, gave the charge to his son.
Joshua earned a bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University in 2004 and an MA in Biblical studies from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008. He and his wife, Amy, have three sons.