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Michael & Phyllis Durre

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Michael D. Durre became pastor of Calvary Apostolic Tabernacle of Iola in December  1979, and continues to pursue the vision and dreams God placed in his heart to reach the community of Clay County.

His ministry began at age 33 when he preached his first sermon, and shortly thereafter he began evangelizing throughout the southern part of Illinois.  Pastor Durre was born and raised here in Iola. As a young teen, he attended Iola Pentecostal Church and was baptized in Jesus name and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. He has been a minister with the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) for well over 40 years.

Pastor Durre is passionate about God, family, and church. He loves being a husband, father, “Poppa” and pastor. In 1963, at a rally in Salem, Illinois he met the love of his life, Phyllis Bolinger, and in August of that next year they were married. From the beginning, Phyllis assumed the role as lead administrator and music director for the work in Iola.  She has also spent a great amount of time teaching new converts and helping disciple individuals with their walk with God.

Ministering alongside the Durres are their children including son-in-law and daughter, Michael and Tracee Bryant; son and daughter-in-law, Guye and Rhonda Durre; daughter-in-law Carrie Durre; son-in-law and daughter, Paul and Stephanee Smith. Their son, Wade, awaits them all in heaven. The Durres are also very proud to be called Nonna and Poppa by thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandkids.