Hartland College gave Chris Buttery, ’96, a solid foundation for future ministry.
by Rachel Perry
“Darcy came to our evangelistic meetings searching for truth and meaning in life,” Hartland graduate Pastor Chris Buttery shares. “She wanted to be baptized, but she struggled with drug addiction. One day Darcy called in desperation. We claimed Bible promises and prayed together. After a week’s silence, she called again. She had been praying, claiming God’s promises, and dealing with withdrawal, and God had set her free! Darcy was baptized and is now heavily involved in children’s ministry at the church she attends. It’s hard to find anything more meaningful than being part of a miracle God is working in someone’s life.”
Many years ago, while studying architecture, Chris received a call to ministry. He dropped out of college, knowing he would probably have to leave his hometown to get a theology degree; but where to go?
“I had been reading Ellen White’s writings about education,” Chris explains. “I knew I needed to attend a college where each teacher would be true to the Adventist message, and where I would acquire handson ministry experience from start to finish. After looking at my options, it became clear that I should try Hartland College.”
At Hartland, God continued to provide confirmation that He had indeed called Chris to pastoral ministry. “Three things stand out clearly in my mind: a young man I studied the Bible with gave His heart to the Lord and was baptized; every time I ran out of resources to continue my studies, money came from out of nowhere; one of my favorite teachers once looked me in the eye and said, ‘I have no doubt that God has called you to ministry.’”
Chris has worked for the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the past 18 years, first as a publishing leader, and then as a pastor. Currently, he is lead pastor of the Sacramento Central SDA Church in California.
“I liked Hartland’s equally strong focus on theology and evangelism. It was just what I needed to provide a good foundation for future ministry. Today I ensure that each of my members are solid Bible students and are engaging in a ministry that matches who God has made them to be.”