About Bishop Keith Butler
Bishop Keith Butler married Deborah Bell in 1975, and they have worked together in the ministry for more than 35 years. The couple entered Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, together in 1977, and completed their training in 1978. During his last semester, Bishop Keith Butler resolved to found the Word of Faith International Christian Center in Detroit, Michigan. Bishop Keith Butler realized his dream in January 1979, when he conducted his first service for the Word of Faith Christian Center in front of a congregation of 60 people. Bishop Keith Butler’s first broadcast, “The Word of Faith,” debuted on WMUZ radio the next day. Today, the church that Bishop Keith Butler founded is based in Southfield, Michigan, on 110 acres that can comfortably serve 5,000 parishioners. Membership numbers exceed 11,000. The Word of Faith International Christian Center has satellite churches in states across America, and locations as distant as Bulgaria. When Bishop Keith Butler first preached in Detroit, he had no permanent church, and instead he offered services in various temporary locations. Bishop Keith Butler’s first permanent church was an empty storefront with 150 chairs. By 1980, hundreds of people were coming to hear Bishop Keith Butler preach, and he relocated to the McAuley Auditorium at Mercy College. In 1981, the Word of Faith Christian Center moved again, to new site that included a Bible school, a book store, middle and elementary schools, and a large sanctuary. After the church’s ministries spread across the world, Bishop Keith Butler renamed it to the Word of Faith International Christian Center. The church continued to grow under Bishop Keith Butler’s leadership and remains a vital part of the Detroit community.