Pastor Woody Butler is a native Charlestonian. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Charleston Southern University and a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest NC. "In 1995 I had an encounter with God that changed my life forever. I was a Southern Baptist pastor. I taught people to stay away from the gifts of the Spirit. We were fine without them! The church was growing by leaps and bounds, but I was empty inside. I was awakened at three in the morning in the month of January 1995. I turned on the TV to see a two-year old video tape of Rodney Howard-Browne conducting a great revival in Lakeland Florida. In seconds I was weeping uncontrollably! Then I was pushed to the floor under the glory of God. For years I had tried to convince people that God was real. Only now was I convinced myself! All I could say was "God please don't stop doing this!"
Forty-five minutes later I was able to pull myself up off the floor. I was free. I felt scrubbed clean on the inside. I was filled with the Holy Spirit and with joy. I started to see the gifts show up in my ministry. The sick were healed, the oppressed were set free, the hungry were filled with God!
Jesus said, "Freely you have received, freely give." This experience is what we now have to give away. People from all over the area have been touched by the power of God through our ministry. There is more God wants to do in you and through you. We want to see you come into all that He has for you!"