Details for FOUNDERS DAY



AUGUST 18, 2019


681 Broughton Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
(803) 535-6030

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
OVERFLOW”. It is as true today, as it was when he began.


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