The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler is the founder of Invested Faith, a fund for churches that are closing to invest in faith-based social entrepreneurs. Prior to that, she served as the seventh senior minister of The Riverside Church until June 2019. She previously had served as senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., from 2004 to 2014. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor University and a bachelor of divinity degree from the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Zurich, where she worked on the seminary staff through its relocation to Prague. In 2009 she earned a doctor of ministry degree in preaching from Wesley Theological Seminary. Before going to Calvary, she worked with the homeless community in New Orleans and served as associate pastor at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. She serves on the advisory council of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Butler is a guest on the premiere episode of "Can These Bones," the Faith & Leadership podcast.
The Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants Program at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is designed to foster, strengthen and sustain well-grounded worship in congregations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Two streams of grants are offered: to teacher-scholars and to worshiping communities.
Grant proposal due date options include October 15, 2023, or February 15 or June 15, 2024.