Rev. Dr. Tori Butler was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She 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. She is a graduate of the Divinity School at Duke University where she received her Master of Divinity degree. She was recruited out of Duke to serve in the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church where she ministered in three cross-cultural appointments as well as being the Chaplain at Wiley College.
She was ordained by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie in 2014. By God’s amazing grace and through tremendous perseverance on May 13, 2019 she received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University with a concentration in Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation. Her Doctor of Ministry project is entitled, “The Power of Mourning: Creating Spaces of Vulnerability for Black Clergywomen to Lament and Holler.” She recently had the honor of speaking at the 57th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Dr. Butler is a contributor to Do Not Be Afraid: Bishops & Young Clergy Share Signs of Resurrection & Words of Hope and I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist.
As of July 1, 2021, Rev. Dr. Tori Butler is the senior pastor of Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church where worship can’t be explained but must be experienced! In this new role, she wants to invite people into a transformative encounter with the Holy Spirit. Her prayer is that all would know the healing, redeeming, and restorative love of God. Her calling is to help others discern their purpose; and get to their next level in life and in the Lord. Therefore, she seeks to honor God 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, scholar, activist, evangelist, counselor, writer, shouter, and dancer all for the glory of God.