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SUFFRAGAN BISHOP MICHAEL C. BUTLER S SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019 3:00PM 681 Broughton Street Orangeburg, SC 29115 (803) 535-6030 www.victorytabernaclepaw.org uffragan Bishop 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, Lisa Butler (Rodney) James; one niece, Chelsea James. Although Mayor Butler does not have any biological children, he helped rear two special sons; the late Matthew Millhouse of North, SC and currently Collins Bentley Williams of Orangeburg, SC. 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. Bishop Butler later went on to complete graduate courses at South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina. He obtained a Masters of Education Degree in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment from Walden University. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. In 1978, Suffragan Bishop Michael C. 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 Bishop 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 ministry by establishing a bible study in the summer of 1984. He later became the founding Pastor of Victory Tabernacle Deliverance Temple of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. (PAW). When Victory became a member of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., with the affiliation came elevation and involvement for Bishop Butler. In 1999, he was elevated to a District Elder and served in Region 3 of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. Two years later, he 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 Butler was elected as the Assistant Chairperson for the South Carolina State Council. In 2018, he resigned as the Chairman of the South Carolina State Council under the leadership of Diocesan Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, Pastor of the Greater Grace Temple City of David in Detroit, Michigan. Suffragan Bishop Michael C. 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. Most recently, Bishop Butler has established a partnership with the SC Works Orangeburg to establish the “Community Connection” offering assistance with: SC Work On-line Registration, job placement assistance/referrals, internet connections, basic computer skills, resume writing and employability/training workshops and much more at Victory Tabernacle every Thursday from 8:30am5:00pm. He is always working to add outreach and community services to the current offerings of the MCB Community Development Center. Suffragan Bishop Michael C. 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; and HIV Counselor. 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. After campaigning 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; Bishop Butler was elected the first African American Mayor for the city of Orangeburg, September 10, 2013. June 2014 Bishop Butler became a Certified City Official in Municipal Government with the Municipal Association and joined the African American Mayors Association. Butler retired from Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five in June of 2018 and is focusing on his duties as Pastor and Mayor. Suffragan Bishop Michael C. 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.