Jim Butler was born and raised in Long Beach, California. After serving four years in the US Air Force, he was saved by the grace of God in Palmdale, California. He joined the Palmdale Reformed Baptist Church and received training for the gospel ministry under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Barcellos. In 1997, he was sent out as a church-planter to Chilliwack, B.C. and has since served as the pastor of the Free Grace Baptist Church. His formal theological education is through Whitefield Theological Seminary where he earned the Master of Divinity and the Master of Theology degrees.

He is happily married to Rebecca, has five children, and seventeen grandchildren.

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