Columbus writer authors book for church occasions

October 2, 2010 9:49:00 PM

Jan Swoope - [email protected]


Through years of working with youth and church organizations, Columbus native Christine Butler-Williams recognized that some shy away from taking leadership roles because they feel they don''t know what to say. That, and the spiritual upbringing she received from her late parents, the Rev. Gilbert Butler and Evelyn Butler, inspired her to compile "Powerful Program Keys: Successful Church Programs for All Occasions." 


"This book is designed to be a valuable source of information to help plan successful church programs," the retired Columbus Public Schools educator said. The compilation of welcome addresses, poems, plays and speeches has sections applicable to Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mothers and Fathers Day, children, women, African-Americans and more. It also contains sections targeted for specific groups such as usher boards and choirs. 


"I wrote this collection after working for many years with local youth groups and religious organizations," the Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi State University graduate said. "My goal is to give honor to God and to share religious writings with others." 


Butler-Williams will attend a book signing at DC Music at 114 Fifth St. N. in Columbus, Friday, Oct. 8, from 4-6- p.m.  


"Powerful Program Keys" can be purchased online at

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.