Who We Are
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ His only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy catholic (universal) Church, the Communion of Saints, the Forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the body, and Life Everlasting.
The Butler Street Christian Methodist Episcopal Church was organized by Rev. S.E. Poe in 1882. The John L. Grant Estate donated property located on the corner of Butler Street (now known as Jesse Hill Jr. Drive) and Coca Cola Place. A wooden frame structure was torn down to make possible the erection of the present church when Rev. A. J. Stinson was pastor. The church became known as Butler Street Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (changed to Christian Methodist in 1954). A new church was built in 1920 on this site under the leadership of Rev. H. W. Evans. While the church was being built, the Butler Street family held joint worship service with Holsey Temple C.M.E. Church. There were many outstanding pastors between the years of 1882 to present.
Butler Street will now embark upon a new building project at Beeler Drive in Atlanta, GA. Please continue to keep our church in your prayers as we build a new edifice in which to glorify God and serve His people.
Rev. Dr. Curtis L. West, Jr. was born and reared in the small town of Homer, Louisiana. He is the fourth of six children of the late Rev. Curtis L. West, Sr., and Dorothy Anne West.
Dr. West is a 1990 graduate of Homer High School in Homer, Louisiana. He graduated in 1995 from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana with a B.A. degree in Psychology. In 1998, he received a Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (Phillips School of Theology) in Atlanta, Georgia with a concentration in Christian Education. There, he was presented with the R.B. Shorts Pastoral Award and the B. Julian Smith Social Justice Award. Dr. West earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School of Theology, in Dallas Texas in May of 2016. His emphasis was on creating an Intergenerational Ministry Model in the local church.
Dr. West is an Ordained Elder in Full Connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served as the Dean of Mississippi Leadership Training School and is involved with many organizations including the SCLC, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, NAACP, Optimist International Club, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and has served on many boards.
Recently, Dr. West was invited by former Vice President Al Gore to Union Theological Seminary in New York to study “Ministry in the Time of Climate Change”. He is a graduate of the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute and has received the Pastor of the Year Award by the Mississippi Gospel Music Awards. Dr. West received special recognition from the Louisiana House of Representatives and the NAACP Presidential Award in Homer, LA.
Dr. West was joined in blessed matrimony to Rev. Amarylis Didley West of Augusta, GA, and is the father of two lovely daughters, Cymone and Lauryn, and one son, Curtis L. West, III.