The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, or as we call her, Pastor Amy, is the seventh Senior Minister and first woman to serve at the helm of the Riverside Church. She holds degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Pastor Amy’s professional ministry career began as the director of a homeless shelter for women in New Orleans, Louisiana; she later became Associate Pastor of Membership and Mission at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in the city of New Orleans. In 2003, Butler was called to the position of Senior Minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown, where she was also the first woman to lead that historic congregation. After 11 years in Washington, D.C., the congregation of The Riverside Church voted to call Pastor Amy to the Senior Minister position. She often talks about what a gift and responsibility it is to be here at The Riverside Church in this moment, working to live into a legacy of social justice advocacy and gospel community building.
When she’s not busy leading the church, Pastor Amy enjoys exploring New York, taking in a concert or a Broadway show, or hosting friends for dinner. She is an avid reader and loves to write, recently completing her first memoir which will be published by Penguin Random House Books in 2020. Pastor Amy is a single mom to three amazing young adults who are each making their way in the world; they are her favorites. She is nourished by the support and care of the Riverside community, excited for the voice and witness of this church, and optimistic about the impact faith communities have on the world. She played the cello in high school but that has absolutely no relevance to her current life. Her children would say that her status as a licensed motorcyclist is the direct result of a midlife crisis, but she disagrees.
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