Reverend Dr. Darrius M. Butler
Associate Pastor with 10+ years’ experience helping congregation members immerse in God’s nearness through word and music. I am currently the associate pastor at the City of Praise under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Ellery W. Freeman Senior where I help lead a team of ministers in crafting and delivering a message suitable for all levels of audiences. I help administer weekly worship meetings and counsel and pastor members of our church congregation. For me, being a Pastor isn’t a job. It’s a true passion. It is my calling to serve and honor those who seek out understanding and stability. It is equally vital to me that my team feels valued, fulfilled and inspired in the true glory of their work.
In my early life and career, I started in the financial industry managing banking locations in low income communities. While working full time I was also a full time student, dually enrolled at Carver College for seminary and Morehouse College pursuing a degree in history. After completing my time, I earned my Masters and Doctorate in Theology from the Los Angeles School of Divinity.
In tandem with the ministry, my passions include Policy and Politics. I have worked on various political campaigns and have run my own as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives. Throughout my life, I have had the great fortune to join multiple groups and organizations. I serve on various boards and committees for organizations all over the country.
In addition to my experience, I hold positions with various religious and community groups such as: Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Boys and Girls Club, Butler Street YMCA Advisory Board and the NAACP.
My belief in life is simple; when you see a need, you fill that need. I have immersed myself in public service for the greater good of my community. Fighting battles that some may say seem unwinnable, yet I persist. A quote from a personal hero of mine – Atlanta Mayor Maynard H Jackson:
“Behind closed doors they had what were legendary battles I hear, but when the doors opened there was absolute unity. Not a crack could be found. No separation, whatsoever. They were locked together for the good of the community.”
I believe we must show unity in our communities and open the door wide enough for all to enter.