Durward (Butch) Strickland

Profile Updated: August 20, 2014
Durward (Butch) Strickland
Residing In: Anchorage, AK USA
Spouse/Partner: Pamela Jean Strickland nee Newton
Occupation: Dir.Church Planting & Missions, Alaska Baptist Con
Children: Nathanael Kent, born 1976
Jonathan Blake, born 1979
Michal Charissa, born 1985
Three grandsons, More…Chase, Brendon, and Murphy
Two granddaughters, Lily and Harley

I married an Alaskan, spent 9 years in Oregon (we figured it was about half way in between Texas and Alaska), 15 years in Venezuela and finally made it back to Texas in 2000. I graduated from Wayland in 1974 and got my Masters from Golden Gate Seminary in San Francisco in 1984. I pastored the Valley Baptist Church in McMinnville, Oregon for the nine years we were there. I served as a church planter (we started 12 churches where there was none before) during the time we spent in Venezuela. Now I am pastor of the oldest continuously active Baptist church in Texas, the Independence Baptist Church in Independence. Sam Houston was baptized there in 1854 at the age of 61. Our convention also has a museum here so I also serve as its director. A few highlights of our life have been a year of language study in Costa Rica, floating 1200 miles of the Yukon River, spending 8 hours on the Orinoco River to take a medical team to a village in the Amazon territory, 3 months on an archeology site in Israel, and our twenty fifth wedding anniversary in the British Isles (next year, 2009, will be our thirty-fifth).

School Story:

The only thing that comes to mind is getting sent home from school for wearing cut-offs in protest of having to be there when almost the whole school was on band trip. I still wonder who all was involved in putting shaving cream on all the band members' cars that year! I'm sure a lot more memories will come once we get together.

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