Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bounty-Hunting Pastor Helps Put People On the Right Path

Dr. Butch Varner is many things to many people.

He may be a fugitive’s worst nightmare, a preacher of the good news for the sin-sick soul or a trumpeter who completes a worship band. He’s also a husband, father, military veteran and man of letters.

“We don’t want to be what people think of as a stereotype religious ministry,” said Mr. Varner, the pastor of Hamilton Pointe Church in Hixson. “Being a bounty hunter/pastor is iconoclastic. We enjoy that. That makes us more approachable.”

Today, some words from the Chattanooga man who has combined two unlikely professions.

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