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Butch Ikels

Butch Ikels


Elton "Butch" Ikels was born in San Antonio Texas, but was raised in Marion, Texas.  He graduated from Marion High School and was the first President of Marion's F.F.A.


After graduation he began a career in the grocery industry.  First with a small supplier and then nine years with McCormick Spices and Extracts.  There he began as a Salesman, Key Account Manager, District Supervisor, District Manager, as well as serving on the National Sales Board and a Seminar Conductor for the southern part of the U.S.


Later the owners of a large wholesale grocery asked him to become their Sales Manager and Director of Marketing.  It was at this time he felt God's call to preach.  God having impressed upon him that people and their eternal destiny were far more important than boxes, bottles, and cans!


Since then, he has pastored one Church, the Salem-Sayers Baptists Church for fifteen years. Then five years in full-time evangelism, conducting Revivals and Bible Conferences through the south and overseas. 


He now pastors The Country Church of Guadalupe County.  The Church was organized in 1998, meeting in the Ikels living room with nine members.


The church now sits on sixteen acres in Marion and has approximately 70,000 square feet of buildings plus a 42,000 square foot covered arena.  All to, and for, the Praise, Honor, and Glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

David  Guion

David Guion

Worship Ministry

Joined The Country Church Staff: April 2012


Areas of Ministry: I have the privilege of giving oversight to the Music Ministry, as well as some administrative areas here at The Country Church.


Saved: I came to faith in Christ during the summer of 1971 and was baptized in 1973.


Education: I graduated Texas City High School in Texas City, TX in 1976. I then attended the University of Texas at Austin studying music and Lamar University in Beaumont studying business.


Previous Lines of Work: After working briefly in the offshore oil industry, vocational ministry has been my profession since 1983. Over the past four decades, including my college years, I’ve traveled extensively speaking and leading worship throughout the United States and abroad.


Other Interests: Spending time with my daughter, son-in-law, and my grandson. Also, enjoying good friends, good food, good music, and good books. I enjoy the outdoors, fishing, tennis, and occasionally some golf. Since 2006, I have been a volunteer with the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo where I currently serve as a Lifetime Assistant Vice President and as a Director.


YGB Livestock Camp Thursday, Aug 1 @ 8:00 AM
YGB Livestock Camp Thursday, Aug 1 @ 8:00 AM
ReBoot Hope - Private Friday, Aug 9 @ 8:00 AM
ReBoot Hope - Private Friday, Aug 9 @ 8:00 AM
The Country Church Meeting Location: 1005 W. FM 78 Marion, Texas 78124  | Sitemap  |  Contact Us
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