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Pastor Johnnie "John"

Pastor Johnnie "John"

Pastor John L. Butler is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Living Water Christian Center Church (LWC3) located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was born in Albemarle, North Carolina, (hometown is Badin, N.C) and raised as the seventh child to Reverend Frank R. Butler Sr. and Doris Ann Hinson Butler. He was reared in the church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18).

His formative years were spent attending Garris Grove Missionary Baptist Church located in Wadesboro, NC, where his father served as Senior Pastor for fifteen-plus years and the church communities of Stanly and Anson counties. This experience is echoed in the Biblical principles Pastor John employs today.

Of the numerous men and women that impacted his life, none were more profound than his mother. Her influence, inspiration, and commitment to modeling the love of Jesus is unsurpassed and served as the cornerstone for the acceptance of God’s call on his life. On a daily basis, she taught Pastor John the attributes of God through the practical application of her prayer and word life, as well as the innumerable amount of time invested in overcoming the personal challenges she faced. This was all accomplished while simultaneously being a wife, phenomenal Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, friend, confidant, and most of all, an awesome Woman of God. To Pastor John, she exemplified the call, embraced the walk, and touched the lives of many.

Pastor John brings over thirty (30) years of Church leadership experience into Pastoring Living Water Christian Center Church. Under God’s guidance for twenty-seven years, Pastor John was a servant at multiple ministries associated with his active-duty military assignments prior to retiring (Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5)) in September 2015. This diverse path of destiny allowed him to serve in various positions within the church infrastructure, including Outreach Ministry Coordinator, Men’s and Mass Choir Director and President, Church Finance Officer, Men’s Ministry President, Pastor of Education, Associate Pastor, and Pastor.

Pastor John oversees LWC3 Men’s Ministry, which facilitates workshops, meetings, and fellowships to mentor men and builds strong families. He is third generation pastor who has the heart to teach God’s people with simplicity and power. His ordained assignment is to minister to the whole man; spirit; soul, and body, with emphasis on faith, family, and fellowship.

Pastor John holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Strayer University. Pastor John is currently a student at Liberty University (LU) pursuing his Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (EdD).

Pastor John and his wife Melanie have been married for thirty-two (32) years and reside in NOVA. They have four awesome children, Brittany, Joshua, Jacob, and Jemiah, and three wonderful grandchildren, Noah James Wilson, Tristan Zeke Wilson, and Kaleia Jade Butler. 

"And I will give you Pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding" (Jeremiah 3:15) 

"And He gave some, Apostles; and some Prophets;and some Evangelist; and some, Pastors and Teachers" (Ephesians 4:11)

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