Abyssinian Baptist Church Senior Pastor, Rev. Calvin Butts, dies at 73

Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III aka Rev. Calvin Butts was the senior pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church and one of the most powerful religious and communal leaders in New York City.

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Rev. Calvin Butts, an influential pillar in Harlem, passes away at age 73.

At the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III welcomed generations of worshipers as well as political leaders from all over the country and the world. The church announced his death on Friday at the age of 73.

The church’s website read: “The Butts Family and entire Abyssinian Baptist Church membership beg your prayers for us in our bereavement.” The reason for death was not disclosed.

Rev. Calvin Butts Age, Family, Early Life

Rev. Calvin Butts was 73 years old at the age of his death. He holds a White ethnicity and he holds an American nationality.

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we don’t have a lot of specific details about his family. Verified information about the Rev. Calvin Butts’ family will be given later.

Rev. Calvin Butts Wife, What about his children?

It appears that Rev. Calvin Butts was a married guy with children. However, there is no information on his relationship or children available.

Rev. Calvin Butts Career, What was his profession?

This year marked Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts’ 50th anniversary with the illustrious church. He established the Abyssinian Development Corp. in the 1980s to rebuild the neighborhood around the church with commercial and residential structures. “Rebuild Harlem, brick by brick, block by block,” was its proclaimed goal. Butts gained widespread prominence in the 1990s for his crusade against rap music’s alleged misogyny. He famously used a steamroller to destroy a large number of rap CDs outside the church in 1993.

He was a scholar as well as a religious leader, holding the position of president of SUNY Old Westbury from 1999 to 2020. Additionally, he collaborated with political figures from many ideologies. Butts was appointed to two state commissions that managed corporate incentives for economic development in 1995 by Republican governor George Pataki.

Fidel Castro, then the president of Cuba, was welcomed as a hero when Butts hosted him at Abyssinian in the same year. At the memorial service that Butts presided over at Abyssinian last year for actor Cicely Tyson, mourners included Tyler Perry and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Butts lauded Tyson as “an example of how we all might live” in his appreciation.

How much is Rev. Calvin Butts Net Worth?

Rev. Butts has not made his financial information public. Therefore, determining his net worth is difficult.

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Which school and college did he go to?

There are no available details regarding Rev. Calvin Butts’s educational background.

Is he available on any kind of social media platform?

Rev. Butts appears unavailable on social media, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Rev. Calvin Butts’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair ColorWhite
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Rev. Calvin Butts’s should be known

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Relationship StatusNot Available