Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff5
Michael C. Butler, Mayor, Orangeburg, South Carolina
Orangeburg voters elected Michael C. Butler as the city’s first African-American mayor.
Butler ran on seven pillars of city revitalization: championing economic development, revamping neglected properties, reducing neighborhood crime and violence, reducing unemployment, promoting an educated workforce, creating greater collaboration between the city and the county and serving college student needs.
After his win, Butler said his first job will be to assess the city’s needs to make sure it reaches its potential.
“Orangeburg is designed to be a great city,” he said.
He also said, “I want to be here for the voters. I want to serve them in a professional and godly manner.”
Pastor Michael C. Butler was born to Mr. L. C. Glover and Mother Mabel (Butler) Partlow on August 21st in Auburn, Alabama. The family relocated to Atlanta, Georgia when he was two. The eldest of two children, he has one sister, Missionary Lisa Butler James. He attended Hooper Elementary and later graduated from Avondale High School in Atlanta, GA. In 1983, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. While at Claflin, Bishop Butler pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He remains active in the organization and is a Life Member. Pastor Butler later went on to complete graduate courses at South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina. He obtained a Master of Education Degree in curriculum Instruction and Assessment from Walden University.
Pastor Butler has been employed in various occupations which include an elementary school teacher; a case manager at the Orangeburg and Barnwell County Department of Social Services; a Social Services Specialist V with the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs in Bamberg County; an Administrative Assistant and Assistant Principal at North Middle School; an HIV Counselor and an employee of South Carolina State University.
In 1978, Pastor Butler received his calling into the ministry. A great woman of God told him that he would go to South Carolina and do a great work for the Lord. When Pastor Butler moved to Orangeburg to attend college, little did he know he would not be returning to Atlanta to live. God had other directions for his life. He began his work in the ministry by establishing a bible study in the summer of 1984. He later became the founding Pastor of the Victory Tabernacle Deliverance Temple of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. (PAW). He has pastored this church for 22 dedicated years.
When Victory became a ministry of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. , with the affiliation came elevation and involvement for Pastor Butler. In 1999, Pastor Butler was elevated to a District Elder and served in Region 3 of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. Two years later, pastor was elevated from District Elder to Suffragan Bishop and he currently oversees six (6) churches in Region 6 of the South Carolina State Council, 24th Episcopal District under the leadership of Bishop Richard E. Young, Sr. In 2007, Bishop was elected as the Assistant Chairperson for the South Carolina State Council, He currently serves as the Chairman for the South Carolina State Council.
Pastor Butler has taken the church to a new level in the community. He has a heart for the people which through his effort, has resulted in the establishment of a partnership with the Minority Aids Council and EXPORT (Cervical Cancer Center of Excellence and Partnership Community Outreach Research on Health Disparities and Training Institute for Partnership to Eliminate Health Disparities, The University of South Carolina and Claflin University) to provide assistance to persons with HIV/AIDS and Cancer; An ongoing outpatient screening clinic for blood pressure and blood sugar. He is currently working to add outreach and community services to the current offerings of the MCB Community development Center.
In October of 2006 Bishop Butler was the recipient of the God’s Trombone Award through the Citizenship Education Fund of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, under the leadership of the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.
Bishop Butler lives his motto “I CANNOT COME DOWN, I AM PREPARING FOR THE OVERFLOW”. It is as true today as it was when he began.