Gone But Not Forgotten: In Memorial of Duncan Butler

For more than 20-years, I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Duncan Butler. It was a friendship which began at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church over a shared love of music and a desire to pass that along to the younger generations.

Throughout the years, we would see one another at various events, but in 2011 I really saw what it was like to work up close with Duncan when he completed his Stephen Ministries training at the Greensboro Urban Ministry. There you saw his love of music once again as he played for the residents at Potter House during dinner.

Duncan understood the battles many of the men and women faced in the shelter, because he too had experienced life with substance abuse. I’ll never forget when he told me, “just a little bit of music would be enough to help me survive.”

Because God used music to help save his life, Duncan had this amazing ability to connect with those living at the shelter. He shared his love for God and Gospel throughout the Greensboro Urban Ministry community. As the minister of music of Mt. Pleasant Christian Church & St. Matthews UMC, he would bring a combined choir to perform at Weaver House. Duncan also provide music lessons to the children at Partnership Village reminding me often “that music could help one overcome their disadvantages.”

Duncan truly, encompassed what it meant to be a Stephen Minister: Full Of Faith, Trustworthy, Skilled and Compassionate. He will be greatly missed among the Greensboro Urban Ministry Community.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39


Rev. Andrei Spells