Rev. Tori Butler, DMin.

Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology


  • Leadership Development with an emphasis on women in leadership and building intergenerational leadership teams
  • Hollering, a womanist perspective on lament
  • Homiletics
  • Pastoral Theology


  • Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation, Emory University: Candler School of Theology
  • Master of Divinity, Duke University: The Divinity School
  • Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in International Study, McDaniel College
  • Center for Cross Cultural Study, Universidad Blas Pascal

Rev. Dr. Tori Butler received a BA in History and International Study from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She is a graduate of Divinity School at Duke University where she received her Master of Divinity degree. She is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church where she has served three cross-racial appointments, as a college chaplain, and the senior pastor of two historically African American churches. 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 had the honor of speaking at the 57th Anniversary of the March on Washington. She has offered the Invocation at the 2023 National Action Network’s MLK Day Breakfast where President Biden was the keynote speaker.

Dr. Butler is a contributor to Do Not Be Afraid: Bishops & Young Clergy Share Signs of Resurrection & Words of Hope, I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist, What’s Next?: Twenty-Two United Methodist Leaders Discuss the Future of the Church, Preaching During a Pandemic: The Rhetoric of the Black Preaching Tradition, and most recently The Methodist Book of Daily Prayer. She has been a featured panelist for Emory University, Howard University, Hood Theological Seminary, the Convocation of Black Pastors, and the General Commission on Religion and Race.

Dr. Butler has taught courses for her district lay servant program as well as for Maple Springs Bible College and Seminary, and Hood Theological Seminary.

She is a commentator for United Methodist News with a platform entitled “Hollering for Change” where she expresses her passion for lament. She gives voice to individual and communal pain with the expectation that God will do something about it.

Dr. Butler currently serves as the senior pastor of Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church in Severna Park, Maryland.


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