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History of The Abyssinian Baptist Church

Our history conveys a rich legacy of leadership and faith, our activist commitment to serving the needs of the local and global community and a dedication to our mission of winning more souls for Christ.

Winning Souls for Christ


Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III succeeds Dr. Proctor as the church’s 20th pastor.

Butts’ ministry has a pervasive impact on the church, and in community development initiatives including homelessness, senior citizen and youth empowerment, cultural awareness and ecumenical outreach.

Throughout his ministerial career, Dr. Butts has been very active in the struggle to eliminate racial discrimination and generate positive images and messages representative of the African-American community.

Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III