Keith Butler (Michigan politician)
Keith A. Butler (born 1955 or 1956) is the founding pastor of the nondenominational Word of Faith International Christian Center (WOFICC) Church based in Southfield, Michigan. The Church has an estimated 22,000 member congregation. He is a former Detroit City councilman (1990 - 1994), and possibly the only Republican on the council since 1965's election of Louis Miriani. Butler is currently the Michigan National Republican committeeman.
Butler has written several books, including a popular church best-seller, A Seed Will Meet Any Need. He has also obtained several awards for both church and community services. One of the many was "2005 Inductee – Heritage Hall of Fame" for international cultural excellence. He is also well known for setting up satellite churches from San Francisco to Brazil to the UK, numbering well over 300.
Butler, who was born and raised in Detroit, became a Republican in 1982, and has been a GOP activist in presidential campaigns in Michigan.
In 2006, Butler sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to challenge the incumbent Debbie Stabenow. He was however defeated in the primary by Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, who lost the general election.
In February 2008, Butler replaced Chuck Yob as a Republican National Committee member from Michigan. Butler is on the Executive Board of Christians United for Israel, the pro-Israel organization founded by Rev. John Hagee.
In late 2008, Butler started a church and ministry school in Round Rock, Texas, called Word of Faith Bible Training Center. The church was renamed faith4life in 2009. The Bible School was later renamed Pistis (Greek for "Faith") School of Ministry and relocated to Dallas, Texas. In January 2016, the school was again relocated to Southfield, Michigan.
Butler attended from University of Michigan-Dearborn from September 1973 to May 1977, graduating with a bachelor's degree. He completed theological studies at Rhema Bible Training Center in May 1978, and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Canada Christian College.
Butler has been married to Deborah Bell for 38 years. They reside in Michigan. They have three adult children (Keith II (Andre), MiChelle, and Kristina), all three of whom work in their father's church (2 as ministers and the other as an attorney). They have three granddaughters, and one grandson.
- Michigan U.S. Senate election, 2006 – Republican Primary
- Mike Bouchard (R), 60%
- Keith Butler (R), 40%
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Butler, 50, served on the Detroit City Council
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