The Rev. Charles Butler began staff ministry work at the church on January 1, 2003. Prior to coming to The Moody Church, he served the Armitage Baptist Church of Chicago as worship pastor from January 1998 to December 2002. He also served at Rock of Our Salvation Church and Circle Urban Ministries (The Moody Church’s partner ministries on Chicago’s West Side). There, he served for twelve years in various capacities including as director of Christian education and minister of music for Rock of Our Salvation Church and program director for Circle Urban Ministries. Regarding how he came to be a pastor, Rev. Butler says this, “I had chosen architecture as my profession while in the fourth grade. After my conversion at age 14, it occurred to me that my career should be a matter of prayer. During my first year at University of Detroit School of Architectural Design, both my parents took ill which required me to step out of school to care for them. During that year out of school, God redirected me to the ministry. I discussed my understanding of God’s call on my life with my pastor and several other Christian leaders I knew and trusted. All confirmed that God’s gift and calling were evident in my life, pointing to the Bible teaching that I had done, the leadership I had provided in various areas of ministry, my love for God and my love for His Word.” Rev. Butler graduated in 1981 from the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Bible and Theology, emphasis in New Testament Greek. He has completed further coursework at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and attended Dr. Larry Crabb’s School for Spiritual Direction.