Rev. William E. Butler, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the son of the late Deacon Steve Butler and Mother Carolyn Butler, who resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Rev. Butler moved to Maryland at an early age. He was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System, and received his high school education at Harford Technical High School, from which he graduated.
Rev. Butler received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophical Theology from Coppin State University, in 1996. Graduating Cum Laude, Rev. Butler was also an inductee to the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.
After completing his studies at Coppin, Rev. Butler matriculated to Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. In May of 2001, he received his Maters of Divinity. Rev. Butler was also awarded The Fellowship Seminarian Award, established by The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, which is given to graduating seminary students who display outstanding leadership in music and/or worship arts.
In 1976, Rev. Butler joined the Maryland Army National Guard. Rev. Butler’s military career is very important to him and spans a period of 40 years to date. Rev. Butler is known as Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel William Butler in the military community. He currently serves as Chaplain for the 1100th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group (TASM-G) in Edgewood, Maryland. His other areas of military service include:
- 2004-05 served a 13 month tour as Battalion Chaplain in Al Asad, Iraq with the 1297th Corps Support Battalion. During this tour, Rev. Butler ministered to over 800 men and women serving in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.
- Rev. Butler returned from his second tour of duty in September 2012. During this tour of duty, Rev. Butler served as Brigade Chaplain for the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade for 13 months in Iraq and Kuwait. Part of his responsibilities were the supervision of six fellow Chaplains who, along with Rev. Butler, provided Pastoral Care, Counseling and Spiritual Fitness for 4,000 men and women in uniform that were serving in five countries.
Rev. Butler answered his call to ministry in 1980 and is presently serving as Pastor of Queens Chapel United Methodist Church in Beltsville, MD.
Rev. Butler has served the following congregations during his ministry:
- Churchville Charge (Clark’s Chapel UMC and John Wesley UMC in Abingdon, MD)
- Living Springs UMC in Bowie, MD
- Wilson Memorial UMC in Gambrills, MD
- Lusby Charge (Eastern UMC and St. John’s UMC)
- Union Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD
Rev. Butler holds active membership in the following:
- BRIDGE Maryland (A congregation-based community organization building power for the fair, inclusive and sustainable development of our people, our communities and our state.) Baltimore City Chapter Clergy Caucus
- One Church, One Corner for West Baltimore
- The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Maryland
- The Multicultural Prayer Movement under the Bilingual Christian Fellowship
- Member of BOOM (Board of Ordained Ministry) for The Baltimore Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church
- Member of the Board of Spirituality for Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Giving Glory to Almighty God, Rev. Butler is happily married to Lady Sonja Butler, the love of his life. They work closely in ministry and together are the proud parents of four children and grandparents to 16. Rev. Butler is a loving and dedicated family man and his family is his greatest blessing.
Because of God’s goodness and because of Rev. Butler’s obedience to the callings God has placed on his life, He has accomplished great things in his military career, academic career and in ministry. However, there is nothing more important to Rev. Butler than his relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Rev. Butler’s favorite Scripture and the life philosophy he tries to live by can be found in Proverbs 3:5-6….
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR THE GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!