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Leroy Butler, Minister

Leroy Butler, Jr. was born in Valdosta, Georgia. He attended Valdosta Public Schools from 1955 to 1967. After graduation he attended Valdosta State College, Valdosta Area Vocational Technical School, Southern Bible Institute, Alabama Christian School of Religion, University of Biblical Studies and Southwest Bible College & Seminary.

Butler is a national and internationally known lecturer, revivalist and workshop leader. He is in constant demand and conducts several workshops and religious meetings each year. Butler speaks regularly on national and regional, school and church lectureships. He has preached and held meetings in the states of Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. He has participated in religious campaigns, and conducted radio broadcasts in the countries of Bermuda and Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies. He serves as an advisor to the National Lectureship of Churches of Christ and was elected as Vice-Chairman for the Southeastern Regional Lectureship of Churches of Christ in October of 2007.

In August of 2007, Butler was a featured speaker on the subject of business Entrepreneuralship at the Harley Langdale School of Business at Valdosta State University. His lecture was entitled: “Turning Trials into Trails”.

Butler has served as pulpit minister for Woodlawn Forrest Church of Christ (formerly West Adair Church of Christ) since July of 1981. Butler was ordained as one of the shepherds of Woodlawn Forrest in March of 2000. In 1999 the church erected a much needed 12,000 square foot, 1.2 million dollar sanctuary on 17 acres to house a vibrant and growing ministry.

In 1983, Butler was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America. In February 1990, the Black History Action Committee of Lowndes County selected him as an outstanding spiritual leader in the community.

Butler has held real estate, insurance and securities licenses and is a past member of the National Association of Security Dealers, the National Association of Realtors and the Valdosta Board of Realtors.

He is founder, president and chairman of the Board of Life Assets Unlimited, LLC, a real estate investment company. He is also co-founder of ButGod Enterprises, LLC a real estate investment partnership.

In May of 2000, Butler founded the F.A.I.T.H. Scholarship Foundation, INC, which has raised thousands of dollars to provide scholarships for underserved and disadvantaged youth entering Christian colleges or universities.

Butler serves on the board of directors of several community based, public and private non-profit organizations. He is president of the Coalition of African American Churches (COAAC) and treasurer for Helping Others Manage Efficiently (H.O.M.E.) which he helped to establish. He was secretary/treasurer for the Central Valdosta Development Authority for three years and a founding board member for the Lowndes County Partnership for Health. He currently serves as planning committee chairman on the Valdosta-Lowndes County Hospital Authority and is past chairman of the Lowndes County Board of Equalization where he served for over 12 years. He is a past director and charter board member for Valdosta Project Change, an Anti-Racism Initiative of the Levi Strauss Foundation, a founding member of 100 Black Men of Valdosta, a 2002 graduate of Leadership Lowndes and has been appointed as a founding member of the Board of Trustees for Lowndes Associated Ministry to People (LAMP) in 2006.

He is married to the former Gloria A. Bythwood; they have two daughters, Tyrah Nichole and Desdamona Marlana.

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