Lebanon Presbyterian Church exists to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition.
We welcome Pastor John Owen Butler to Lebanon Presbyterian Church! John and his wife Marie, arrived in late May, 2020. He joins us after service in Australia as a short-term missionary with Mission to the World as an acting principal of a theological college and later as interim senior pastor. Ordained in the PCA in 1986, he has served as pastor in churches in Mississippi and Oklahoma, and as a National Guard chaplain. He also serves as an instructor in church history and theology in pastoral training programs in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar.
John and Marie have been married 39 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren. He is a graduate of East Texas State University with a B.Sc. in Radio/TV broadcasting and history, and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. Marie is a graduate of the American University in Washington, DC, with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
What We Believe
‘Using the rock doorstep of the Patrick Mullin home, Rev. Richard Cater stood in the shade of a peach tree and delivered the first sermon of the soon-to-be Lebanon Presbyterian Church in 1820. The church was organized on June 30, 1821 and the rock doorstep is now embedded in the western corner of the church with the names of her former pastors. The charter membership of 35 first met in a log building. In 1828 the first permanent church building was erected. The present sanctuary was built in 1962 because of extensive damage to the older one. As an elder of the church so aptly put it, ‘the church would have fallen in a long time ago, had the termites not been holding hands.’ Four young men have been called into the ministry from here, T. C. and R. C. Ligon, brothers, C. B. Evans, III and also Mark Horne. Two young ladies have been called to serve in a missionary capacity, Lucie Marie Gibert and Martha Jones Faires.
To generations born and unborn, Lebanon Church, whose spire shines as a light on a hill; a beacon in the night, stands as God’s compass in pointing the Way to Truth and Life. She has a charge to keep, a God to glorify.