Rev. Dwylene (Dwi-leen) Butler is a native ofStratford, Connecticut. She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. Dwylene graduated from Virginia Union University where she earned the Bachelor of Social Work degree, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology where she earned the Master of Divinity Degree as a Kern Scholar, and Union Presbyterian School of Christian Education where she earned a Master of Theology degree.
Rev. Butler was licensed to preach at the age of 17 at First Baptist Church ofStratfordunder the leadership of the late Rev. William O. Johnson. In 2002, she was ordained by the late Rev. Dennis E. Thomas at the First African Baptist Church where she served as the Minister of Youth & Christian Education. Currently, Rev. Butler is the Executive Minister of the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church. In this role, she handles the day to day church business operations and coordinates worship.
Rev. Butler leads the Ordained to Praise Children's and the Instruments of Praise Young Adult Dance Ministries.
She serves as the chairperson of the Holistic Hurt, Wholistic Healing Conference which calls the church to tackle taboo topics. The conference has offered space to dialogue and develop action plans to deal with things such as Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Mental Illness, Financial Responsibility, and most recently, Sexuality.
Rev. Butler works closely with Sixth Mount Zion's outreach efforts such as the food pantry and "Be the Church" where worship is canceled so members can be sent into the community to live out Matthew 25 by doing things such as feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, doing minor home improvements for seniors or widows, and performing random acts of kindness.
Rev. Butler believes that God can't be put in a box, and she has made it her ministry mandate to help others see God in new and different ways.
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