Rev. Tori Butler was born and raised by her mother Coretha “Coty” Corry in Baltimore, MD. Coty taught her that education is of great importance and would be the passport to her future. She would often tell her, “If you are bored, go read a book. It can take you wherever you want to go.” Coty’s encouragement in education translated in Tori being the first person in her peer group ―from her neighborhood― to graduate with a college degree. Tori received a BA in History and International Relations from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She received her call to ministry following a semester abroad in Argentina. Initially, she did not know what she was called to do; but, as the old song says, “Something’s gotta a hold of me and it must be the Spirit of the Lord.” She followed the Spirit of the Lord to The Divinity School at Duke University. It was at Duke where she was afforded the opportunity to serve in various ministry capacities: from a parachurch organization in Brazil to a multicultural church in Durham, NC to a non-profit on Capitol Hill. It was through these experiences that she felt a strong call to the pastorate, to be the balm of Gilead to all people regardless of race or socio- economic background. She graduated from Duke with a Master of Divinity in 2010.
Following graduation, she took a huge leap of faith and moved to Orange, TX where she served as the first African-American program staff member at First United Methodist Church of Orange. As the Director of Outreach and Discipleship Ministries, Tori had the unique opportunity to serve as a bridge between the predominately Anglo church and the African-American community around it. She helped build a foundation for First Orange to truly be the local church in mission. Rev. Butler also served as the Associate Pastor of Bellaire United Methodist Church. In this position, she has had the opportunity to lead the international worship service, to organize mission projects, to start a women’s ministry, and to equip laity to serve in various ministries of the church. Bellaire was definitely a place of preparation for future ministerial responsibilities.
Rev. Butler has served as the Chaplain of Wiley College. As the chaplain, she was able to encourage young adults to live into their identity as co-heirs with Christ. Under her leadership, four students went on to pursue a seminary education. At Wiley, she was able to remind students, faculty, and staff that they serve a God who loves them, who cares about their situation, and wants to heal their brokenness through the power of the Holy Spirit. At Wiley, Rev. Butler was able to develop her gifts in preaching, pastoral care, counseling, and administration. Following her ministry at Wiley, Rev. Butler became the Executive Pastor of Williams Memorial United Methodist Church in Texarkana, TX.
Rev.Tori Butler’s calling was affirmed by the Texas Annual Conference in May of 2014 when she was ordained by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. As of this year, she is still the youngest African-American ordained clergy in the Texas Annual Conference. She is published in Do Not Be Afraid: Bishops & Young Clergy Share Signs of Resurrection & Words of Hope. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University with a concentration in Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation. She is excited to step into her role as the Lead Pastor of Good Hope Union United Methodist Church. She gives praises to God for the opportunity to serve in her home conference and believes that God is up to something good and can’t wait to see what it is.
Rev. Butler is passionately in love with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She seeks to honor Him in everything that she does. Her goal in life is to be his hands and feet in the world. She sincerely prays that God will use her as a prophet, teacher, preacher, activist, evangelist, counselor, shouter, and dancer all for the glory of God.
Reverend Dr. Stacey Cole Wilson, worshiper, pastor, teacher, wife, mother, Professional Leadership Coach, youth-advocate, and award winning author, is the Lead Pastor of Good Hope Union United Methodist Church located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Before coming to Good Hope Union, Dr. Wilson served as the Lead Pastor of Mount Winans United Methodist Church in Baltimore and as the Associate Pastor of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church in Linthicum, Maryland. She has received national acclaim as a lectionary writer for the Board of Global Ministries and for her prayers and litanies published in the award winning Africana Worship Book. She is the Founder of the Dare to Dream Project Baltimore, a Board Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore, a member of the Wesley Theological Seminary Board of Governors (serving on the Investment and Campaign Readiness Committees), a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry and serves as the Provisional Member Registrar for the Board of Ordained Ministry. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a founding member and Chaplain of the Female Clergy Support Group of Maryland, and a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers.
Pastor Stacey earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Morgan State University and worked professionally as a Senior Analytical Chemist specializing in Petroleum and Materials Characterization via Mass Spectrometry, X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). She has earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Collaborative Community-Church Partnerships. She is a distinguished Lewis Fellow, Lewis Community Leaders Fellow, Transition in Ministry (TiM) Excellence Fellow, and one of fifty students selected nationwide twice to participate in the Joe Engle Institute of Preaching and in the Engle Roundtable at Princeton Theological Seminary in NJ. She is the proud daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cole, the sister of two, the auntie of six nephews, the wife of International Music Producer and Pastor Wayne Wilson, and the mother of two great joys in her life, Ava and Christian Wilson. Furthermore, she is your sister in Christ who is here to celebrate the goodness of God with you and to witness of God wonders at work even now!
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
God does not faint or grow weary;
God's understanding is unsearchable.
29 God gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. -Isaiah 40:28-31, NRSV
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Caprice Brown, a daughter of Christ and candidate for the Master of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, D.C.), has graciously joined us as our Student Ministry Intern. She is a mother, wife, daughter and friend who has a passion for God and an incredible heart for ministry. She comes to us after years of vital ministry in Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Lanham, Maryland under the pastoral leadership and mentorship of The Rev. Mark D. Venson.
Caprice is a Certified Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the United Methodist Church. She is currently a part-time student at Wesley Theological Seminary. She is studying to earn a Master of Divinity degree and is pursuing the order of Elder.
Caprice is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University located in Greensboro, NC, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. She is currently employed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) as a Senior Program Analyst.
Last but not least, Caprice has been married to Angelo Brown for over fifteen years. By their union, they have been blessed by a beautiful daughter, Angela Jewel, who is in the seventh grade.
Caprice’s favorite Bible verse is: Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) which says: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
Please help us to welcome her into this house of prayer, to pray for and with her and her family, and to give God thanks for her life and ministry.
Lay Leader, Debra Jones
Lay Member to Annual Conference, Arletta Boston
Church Council Chair, Delores Martin
Church Council Vice Chair, John Boston
Recording Secretary, Vacant
Nurture Ministry, Dr. Ruth Boyd-Okogun
Outreach Ministry, Delores Holland
Witness Ministry Chair, Robin Bush
Finance Committee Chair, Kevin Thorpe
Finance Committee Vice Chair, Vacant
Treasurer, Mary Rawley
Committee on Lay Leadership Chair, Dr. Stacey Cole Wilson
Committee on Lay Leadership - Co-Chair, Jennifer Myers
Staff Parish Relations Committee, David Marston
Trustee Chair, Larry Williams
Stewardship, Maurice Jagne-Shaw
Young Adults Ministry, Vacant
Youth Ministry Coordinators, Vacant
Children's Ministry, Jennifer Boston
Global Missions, Patience Oliver-Job
Senior/Adult Ministry, Larry Williams
Small Group Ministries, Arletta Boston and Sue Bryant
Peace with Justice Ministries, Dr. Frank Gillum
Health and Wellness Ministry, Olabisi Daramy (Licensed Nutritionist)
Worship Acolytes and Format Coordinator, CherryAnn Tiag-Nian
Church Historian, Virginia Marbley, Josephine Williams
Church School, Biletta Lewis and Maleka Lawrence
Membership Secretary, Pamela Browne
United Methodist Women President, Delores Martin
United Methodist Men President, Winston Carew
Collaborative Partnerships, Lavolia Mack-Miller
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