Pastor Richie L. Butler
Pastor Richie Butler’s personal mission statement: “God has called me to build people and build community”. He lives out his mission daily and wants to inspire others to do the same.
Pastor Butler was the founding Senior Pastor of Union Cathedral in 2002. In August of 2014, He made a historic and innovative move to successfully merge Union Cathedral, an independent interdenominational church with the historic, St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Dallas, where he currently serves as the senior pastor.
In addition to his role as senior pastor, he remains active in business as a real estate developer and real estate fund manager with Prescott Group where he has been responsible for nearly $1 billion in real estate investment activity throughout the U.S.
His most noted real estate development was Unity Estates, a planned community sponsored by the African American Pastor’s Coalition in Dallas, which featured 285 single-family homes in the Southern Sector of Dallas. This development has been heralded nationally as a model, because it was the first of a kind, where a coalition of pastors joined together to create a faith-based community development project of this magnitude. Further, the development was the catalyst that spurred nearly $100M in new development activity in an area that had not experienced any new development in over 20 years.
Pastor Butler has developed several community based initiatives in Dallas: “The Summer of Choice” for the City of Dallas and “A Summer of Hope” at New Hope Baptist Church. Mr. Butler was the co-founder and president of the Foundation for the Third Millennium in Dallas, whose efforts included projects in economic development and humanitarian work in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, as well as the creation of a student exchange program between SMU and the country of Kenya, and the sponsorship of a Boston summer education program called “RISE”.
In 2015, he launched the following: “Together We Ball”: Pastors, Police and Community Basketball Event, a community initiative that uses sports to bring community and law enforcement together. He is the co-convener of a weekly national prayer call for racial reconciliation. He was the catalyst behind the 3rd Annual “Night of Gospel and Inspiration at the State Fair of Texas”.
In 2017, Pastor Butler launched the Year of Unity a community wide initiative to help bridge racial community divides where the 43rd President of the United State George W. Bush serves as the Honorary Chair.
Pastor Butler’s current civic involvements includes: SMU Board of Trustee member, Communities Foundation of Texas Board of Trustees, the Dallas Assembly and the Real Estate Executive Council.
He was recognized as one of the “17 Stars of Tomorrow in Commercial Real Estate” in Dallas, received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader Award and the Dallas Bar Association 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award recipient. Pastor Butler was also named a 2018 Minority Business Leader award honoree by the Dallas Business Journal.
Pastor Butler holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Harvard University, extended studies in Urban Planning at MIT, and was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study Art History and Political Science in Europe.
Pastor Butler is the husband of Neisha Strambler-Butler, his partner in ministry and the father of Emily and Bradford Butler.
A Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church, Pastor Stinson accepted his call to ministry in 2004, while at St. Paul United Methodist Church. He was appointed as Associate Pastor for eight years and later accepted the position of Assistant Pastor and Pastor of Congregational Care of which he currently serves.
The Congregational Care Ministry has allowed him to use the gifts God has given him. As a person who has come from a dark place of low self-esteem most of his life, he is able to encourage others, minister to the sick and shut-in members at their homes, nursing homes, hospitals; help families that have experienced a loss navigate through family crisis and be a calming presence in challenging situations. Pastor Stinson is a prayer warrior and has witnessed Divine healing and transformation in the lives of thousands of people.
A Viet Nam Era Veteran of the U.S. Navy, Pastor Stinson began his journey in Ladonia, Texas and later relocated to Duncanville, Texas, where he, in 1965, was the first African American student to attend Duncanville High School. Pastor Stinson continued his education at El Centro Junior College and served at the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years. He a widower and has six children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Pastor Preston is returning as a Facilitator for Mission U. A retired Ordained Elder in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, and is currently serving as part time Executive Pastor, St. Paul United Methodist Church, in Dallas, Texas.
Professional, personal and spiritual development helped mold Preston into the leader he is today, and over 20 years of service to the Church has resulted in enriched and transformed lives. He received the Church Ministries Masters Degree-Urban Ministry and a Masters of Divinity Equivalent from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health and Physical Education from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, and studied Educational Psychology at the University of Southern California and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
Preston and his wife, Barbara, are parents and guardians of four adult children (three sons, one daughter) and six grandchildren.