The Rev. Oliver Butler has announced that he is leaving Saint Michael and All Angels to pursue a new phase of his career in ministry. Butler and his wife, Elizabeth, are launching what they call a “For Profit, For Good” venture called Butler’s Blends, leveraging his passion for outdoor cooking. Butler’s Blends will supply the BBQ and food grilling world with cooking woods sourced from all over the country. A portion of the profits will go to feeding “the least of these” by supporting groups directly addressing hunger issues, and taking his smoker into the community. “For some time we have felt a call to do something outside of church walls in a different context altogether,” Butler said. “Our mission is to bring everyone back to the dinner table, where good food and laughter foster life-giving relationships. And, because we care about that, it also matters to us that there are too many who don’t have a table full of food to gather around. We want to help take the table with food to them. Success for Butler’s Blends means everyone is impacted.”
“Oliver has had a significant impact during his nearly three year ministry at Saint Michael,” said Vicar Bill Murray. “He has helped build a vibrant modern worship service and strengthened our ministry to young adults. We wish him God’s speed in his new venture.” Butler’s last Sunday at Saint Michael will be August 27. There will be a “Thank You” reception in Parish Hall following the Celebration service.