J. Kevin Butcher
Kevin Butcher is the lead pastor of Hope Community Church of Detroit, a messy fellowship of human beings from every kind of racial, economic, educational, and spiritual background imaginable, who all have one thing in common: they own their emptiness and pursue healing through the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Kevin grew up in a religiously rigid, deeply wounding, and dysfunctional home and church, so he tried to heal his own emptiness with perfectionism and over-achievement. He was an All-American football player at Taylor University, and he graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a wall-full of various academic honors and awards. Then one night, as a successful, driven, workaholic pastor of a Detroit church on its way to 2,000 people, Butcher came face-to-face with his reality: the awards and achievements, church growth, and applauded sermons only left him more exhausted, depleted, and hopeless. He wanted to die, and he came within a second of taking his own life on an eastside Detroit freeway. It was only then that he began to hear the healing voice of the Father calling him “beloved son.” Over the last twenty-five years, he has journeyed toward a deeper understanding of that healing love, a love that he shares with everyone whom he meets because it is that love that saved his life and brought him home.
Kevin has written numerous articles and has shared the message of the Father’s love in twelve different countries. His first book, Choose and Choose Again: The Brave Act of Returning to God's Love, was published by NavPress in October 2016.
He has been married to his best friend Carla for thirty-seven years. Together they have three grown daughters, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter. To each of them he regularly says, “Don’t forget—please don’t forget—the Father loves you so very, very much.”