Randy R. Butler was born on September 25, 1959.  Randy grew up in the church and knew at a young age that he wanted to be a preacher. As a child he was nicknamed by his family “Hallelujah Harry” whenever he could get an audience within his family to preach. While on the golf team in high school his coach nicknamed him “Preacher”. His plans of being the first protestant monk changed in college when he met and married Joan Hatfield in 1981. He and Joanie reside in Keizer, Oregon and Randy has pastored at Salem Evangelical Church in Salem, Oregon since 1985. They have two beautiful children: their daughter, Kristi and their son Kevin, who went home to be with the Lord in 2003.


Randy received his B.A. in Religion in 1981 from George Fox College. In 1984, he received a Masters of Divinity from Western Evangelical Seminary.  He earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in 2007 where he also received the “Distinguished Dissertation Award” that same year. Randy was licensed in 1980 and ordained in 1984 with the Evangelical Church.


Randy has conducted several pastor’s conferences in El Salvador, Mexico City, Oaxaca and Haiti. He was a professor at Northwest University teaching ethics and philosophy. Randy has also taught at and administrated camps for youth for over 20 years. He loves children and youth and believes our future is bright and hopeful because of the passions and dreams of our young people.  


Randy likes to ride his motorcycle, write books, follow politics, and hunt. One of his favorite things in life is finding treasure at a garage sale. Also, he is a police chaplain to the Keizer police department which is a service he loves very much.