Thursday, August 4, 2022 The State of Tennessee held it's County general elections. In Knox County, Zion's very own Rev. Dr, John A. Butler was elected to serve as School Board Representative for District 1. In a landslide victory Butler won over 75% of the vote beating two independent candidates. Butler won the Democratic nomination back in April.
Rev. Dr. John A. Butler serves as the Presiding Elder of the Knoxville District, TN Annual Conference, as well as the Pastor of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in Knoxville TN. Dr. Butler serves as the First-Vice President of the International Presiding Elders Council of the AME Zion Church and as the Vice-President of the Mid-West Episcopal District Presiding Elder’s Council. Dr. Butler is a member of the Zion Benefits Services Board and served as the Chair of the Benefits and Services Committee at the 2012 AME Zion General Conference. Dr. Butler serves as the Vice-Chair of the Mid West Episcopal District Finance Committee, the Chair of the Budget Committee of the Mid West Episcopal District Leadership Institute, the Chair of the TN Conference Budget Committee, the Chair of the TN Conference Holy Orders Committee and the Vice-Chair of the TN Conference Board of Trustees. Dr. Butler serves as the President of the Knoxville Branch NAACP; as the President of Knoxville Interdenominational Christian Ministerial Alliance; as the Chair of the FAITH Coalition (a Faith-Based Coalition to help reduce HIV & AIDS); and as the Coordinator of the Mechanicsville Neighborhood Watch Program. Dr. Butler served 6 years as a member of the Knoxville Police Advisory and Review Committee (PARC); on the Board of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center; and on the Board of the Great Schools Partnership. Dr. Butler completed a Doctor of Ministry (Summa cum Laude) at Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, GA; a Masters of Divinity (Magna cum Laude) at Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC; and a Bachelor of Arts - Sociology (Magna cum Laude) from NC A & T State University in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Butler completed Officer Candidate School (OCS) at the North Carolina Military Academy, Fort Bragg, NC and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army National Guard/Army Reserve. Dr. Butler served in the U. S. Army National Guard/Army Reserve, honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Dr. Butler also worked with the Piedmont Triad Council of Government Area Agency on Aging, covering six counties in Piedmont NC, as an Elder Rights Coordinator and Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman; the Rockingham County Council on Aging, Reidsville, NC, as a Community Case Manager; the Randolph County Senior Adults Association, Asheboro, NC, as a Program Developer. Dr. Butler, a native of Greensboro NC, has been a resident of Knoxville TN since 2007; is married to Rev. Donna M. Butler with 3 children and 6 grandchildren.