The Reverend Don Darius Butler
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A native of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Reverend Don Darius Butler is pastor of Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was educated in Bahamian public schools and excelled as a scholar and orator. In his formative years, he participated in numerous civic and youth organizations, namely, the Royal Bahamas Police Cadet Corps; the Bahamas Boys’ Brigade, 42nd Nassau Company; and the Governor General’s Youth Award Program. He was in the inaugural class of Youth Parliamentarians in 1998, and represented the Bahamas to the Commonwealth Youth Program in True Blue, Grenada, in 2000.
 
As an inquisitive mind in the Sunday school of the Mission Baptist Church in New Providence, Reverend Butler began to search the Scriptures and, truly, the Bible held him as a magnet holds a needle. Evening worship services at Mission saw the emergence of a budding gospel-proclaimer and spiritual leader when he offered exhortations to the congregation.
 
When he received the tacit assurance of God’s call upon his life, Reverend Butler accepted the vocation of a Christian minister. He began formal preparation for ministry as a student at American Baptist College, Nashville, Tennessee. After receiving the baccalaureate degree summa cum laude, he continued his studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, as a Kelly Miller Smith Scholar. His divinity degree was conferred with honors and he was awarded the Saint James Academy Award for the finest sermon in the senior class, along with a certificate in Black Church Studies. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Duke University Divinity School.
 
Reverend Butler honed his pastoral skills as a resident in the Pastoral Care Department of Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Kentucky. Through regular rotations and theological reflection as a chaplain to children and adults during critical and acute medical crises, he earned four-units of Clinical Pastoral Education.
 
In addition to his ministry at Tabernacle, Reverend Butler provides pastoral care to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office as a chaplain, serves as an outreach leader for the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (Midwest Region), and is a member of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, American Baptist College. He was a fellow of the New Clergy Program at the Chautauqua Institution and a contributing writer for the African American Lectionary. He is published in The African American Pulpit and Walk Together Children: Black and Womanist Theologies, Church and Theological Education.  He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
 
Reverend Butler is married to Attorney La Keisha Wright Butler, and they are parents of a precious daughter, Dahlia Marie. 
 

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