Amy F. Butler was recently named new director of the Office of Faith-Based Service and Learning at Judson College.
A Tuscaloosa native, Butler graduated from Judson College in 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies. “As a student, Judson College played such a formative role in the steps I would take for my future,” said Butler. Among many involvements as a Judson student, Butler served as the College’s S.G.A. Community Service Representative and an intern at local non-profit Sowing Seeds of Hope. “The experiences and knowledge I gained at Judson have forever shaped the way I understand poverty, seek justice and cultivate opportunities for empowerment,” she said.
Butler also holds a Master of Divinity in Theology degree from Truett Seminary and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Community Practice from Baylor University. During her graduate studies, Butler gained experience in working with non-profits and churches to address local needs through the utilization of development and empowerment models for community change.
After completing her M.Div. and M.S.W. degrees, Butler lived in Kampala, Uganda and worked with a ministry serving urban refugees. She returned to Judson as Director of Faith-Based Service and Learning in July 2016.
Butler’s hope for her new role is that “students will gain a deep love for our community and that we will learn together how to best engage and serve our neighbors in Perry County.”
Perry County is among the poorest counties in Alabama, with almost 50% of its residents living below the poverty line. The Judson College Office of Faith-Based Service and Learning was established in 2005 to facilitate the meaningful engagement of Judson College faculty and students with the people and needs of Perry County through coordination of extra- and co-curricular service learning opportunities.