Trustee Richie Butler is the senior managing director of the Prescott Realty Group and the senior pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Previously, Richie was senior vice president of CityView, a managing partner of Solomon Partners and a bank officer with Bank of America. In addition, he was the deputy political director for U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.
Richie was also the founding senior pastor of Union Cathedral. In 2014, he successfully merged Union Cathedral, an independent interdenominational church, with the historic St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Dallas, where he serves as the senior pastor of the combined congregation.
Richie also has extensive real estate development, finance and institutional fund management experience. He has invested and developed more than $500 million of urban real estate activity across the U.S.
Richie holds two bachelor’s degrees from Southern Methodist University and a master’s in theology from Harvard University; he’s also done extended studies in Urban Planning at MIT. He was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study art history and political science in Europe.
Richie and his wife, Neisha Strambler-Butler, have two children, Emily and Bradford.
“I’m honored to serve with this important group of community leaders. Building on my experience in business and my commitment and passion for my faith community, I will work to help strengthen CFT’s role and legacy as a place where nonprofits and donors come to together to serve the important needs of our community." — Richie Butler
Community Leadership / Board Service
In addition to his service to CFT, Richie’s current civic involvements include Children’s Medical Center of Dallas board, Southern Methodist University board of trustees, member of the Pension Real Estate Association, the Dallas Assembly, the Real Estate Executive Council and the Urban Land Institute, and the advisory board of the Center of Metropolitan Density at UTA.
He was recognized by D CEO as one of the “17 Stars of Tomorrow in Commercial Real Estate” in Dallas and received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader Award in 2008.