Rev. Sean R. Butler
Pastor, Florissant Presbyterian Church
“Hospitality is central to my understanding of church life and I feel we are called to be open, accepting, and affirming of the image of God in all people, especially when encountering those who are different than ourselves. I hope to proclaim with both words and actions that God’s unconditional love, freely given grace, and a never failing faithfulness are the most powerful force in the entire universe and they are available for you and for me in a personal and a communal way.”
Sean says about his beliefs: “I believe in the priesthood of all believers and that God is using each and all of us to reveal the love of Jesus Christ to a hurting and broken world. God calls both women and men, young and old to use their spiritual gifts, their skills in leadership, their hearts of service and their souls of discernment for the building up of the Church, the care of the “least of these” and the sharing of the Word of God.”
Sean was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in June 1991 and has served churches in North Carolina and Indiana before returning to Missouri and St. Louis to be near family.
Sean Butler has both B.S. (Business Adm.) and B.A. (Philosophy) degrees from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. His Master of Divinity degree is from Yale University, and he has a Master of Theology from Duke University. Sean’s Master’s thesis at Duke was “Courage in the Face of Terminal Illness; A Unity of the Virtues.”
Sean has been married to his college sweetheart, Paula George, M.D. almost 30 years and they have three daughters. His birthplace and childhood home is Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and he still has extended family in the Kansas City area.