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Phyllis Cheshier

Phyllis Cheshier

Shortly after retirement in 1992, Phyllis Cheshier and her late husband, James, began coming to Butterfield Church. They were leaders over the very first Young at Heart 55+ group for the church and also did hospital and nursing home visitations. At one time Phyllis contacted the first-time visitors by phone and has also been a guest speaker at the annual Women’s Conference. Currently, Phyllis is teaching the Bible Believers’ Sunday school class, assists Clara Robinson with the outreach to the retired mister’s wives and widows and is on the Prayer Team.

Phyllis was born on October 19, 1927 in West Virginia and grew up in a Christian home. She met James during Bible college in Springfield, Missouri and pastored with him for over 50 years. She has two children, James (Jim), who is a pediatrician in Fort Smith, and a daughter Kathryn Sue (Kathy) who lives in Springdale.


What do you enjoy about being at Butterfield?
I love my Butterfield family and our pastor and am always excited about heading over to church. I have an especially close relationship with my Sunday school class.

What is an interesting or memorable experience you have had working in your ministry?
I think in retrospect that God's direction, leading us from one locality to another, has been the most exciting thing about my journey.

What is a favorite childhood and/or adulthood memory?
As a child, my family went through the depression years. We did not have a lot, but we had a happy home. My six siblings and I knew lots of love. We each had chores. After the chores were done there were family ball games (Daddy played with us) and board games, and we had a big old Philco radio that we gathered round to listen to favorite programs.

My best adulthood memory is meeting my husband, dating, a beautiful wedding day and 58 years of a great marriage.


What are your hobbies?
I love to read. I love drama and watching a movie now and then if I can find a good PG movie.

What was the last good book you read?
The last good book I read was "It's all over but the shoutin’,” an autobiography by Rick Bragg.

What is your favorite song?
One of my favorite songs is "How Great Thou Art.”

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Psalm 16:11, "Thou wilt show me the path of life. In thy presence is fullness of joy; At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

What is your favorite food?
It would be difficult to say what my favorite food is. I enjoy so much variety...In other words, I love to eat.

What is your favorite place you have visited?
In my travels, two places I visited stand out...The Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. I would love to go to the Swiss Alps. I know that won't happen now!

What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I have ever received is Matthews 6:33, "Seek first the kingdom.”

What is something about you that most people don’t know?
People would NEVER believe that I was a shy, timid child, afraid of everything.

Is there anything important you have learned in your life that you would like to share with others?
Any advice I would give, especially in ministry, would be don't take things personally. Don't keep a chip on your shoulder. Do what you do as unto the Lord.