David G. Buttrick
1927 - 2017
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David G. Buttrick

Nashville, TN

David G. Buttrick was born in New York City. He was the youngest son of Rev. George A. Buttrick, a pastor committed to community outreach, and his wife, Agnes Gardner.

David attended Haverford College and then pursued graduate study at Union Theological Seminary, Garrett Biblical Institute and Northwestern University.

Called to ministry at First Presbyterian in Fredonia, New York, he helped design a new space of worship for a congregation that had grown during his service from 35 to almost 700 members.

David taught on the faculties of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, St. Meinrad School of Theology, and Vanderbilt Divinity School, where he served for almost 20 years as the Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics. Offering warmth, humor, acceptance, and lively discussion, David and his wife Betty welcomed students and those in need into their home as family.

A prolific author, David wrote 19 books, including his landmark work Homiletics, and innumerous chapters in books and articles. He also spoke at colleges and churches across North America and Europe. David became a proud member of the United Church of Christ, citing its policies of inclusion and diversity.

On April 22, 2017, David "side-stepped into the mystery of God." He was preceded in death by: his brothers John and Robert; his wife of 64 years, Betty More Allaben Buttrick; and his daughter, Anne Crumpler. He is survived by: his son-in-law David Crumpler; grandchildren Benjamin Crumpler, Rachel Crumpler, and her husband Jason Ostenson; and his niece Betty Ives Adams and her husband Stephen Adams.

A service will be held on Saturday, April 29, at 12 noon at Benton Chapel at the Vanderbilt Divinity School. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to contribute to Church World Service, North Shore Animal League, Vanderbilt Divinity School, or Brookmeade Congregational Church.

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Published in Tennessean on Apr. 26, 2017.
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April 20, 2020
David was on the right side of the big issues of our day and was passionate about his convictions. As our world in recent years has devolved into smallness, prejudice, and tribalism, we sorely miss Davids expansive vision. His concern for the last, the least, and the lost will forever point us back to the world that God intends for us. The power of Davids friendship steadies is in these trying days. Rest In Peace, dear friend.
Sandy Wylie
Student
May 23, 2018
Dr. Buttrick taught me homiletics when I was at St. Meinrad School of Theology. He was one of the finest professors I had in all the seminaries I attended. I was also invited into his home, a joy for me, then and now. I have continued to grow in his homiletical methods. I served as a Chaplain in the Navy and Marine Corps fo 20 years. I continued to sharpen my homiletic skills there, continuing to use, more completely, his insights and methods. I am back to civilian life now, helping out in various parishes. I continue to use his ways, and see him standing behind me, keeping me on the right path. Sailors and Marines, and now civilian parishioners tell me that they can understand what I am saying. I owe my start and continued homiletic guidelines to Dr. Buttrick.
Philip Creider
Student
April 24, 2018
Thank you Dave for being a friend in my youth.You helped me when I needed help and I will never forget it. My father and I had the pleasure of visiting you in Tennessee, I forget the year. You are a good man and I'm quite sure you have been received in heaven with smiles and hugs. Hopefully we will meet again someday. Best wishes, Love Paul F Smith...St Petersburg, Fl.
Paul Smith
August 4, 2017
I was one of David's first homiletics students at
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. I shall never forget his passion and his commitment to preaching and to God whom he faithfully served.

Charles Thompson, Morristown, NJ
July 14, 2017
Bill and I will surely miss you, old friend.
Lynn Willis
May 28, 2017
David was a wonderful friend, supportive colleague, and trusted mentor. A gift of God to all he touched.
Randy Frost
Friend
May 2, 2017
Through his writing, David had a profound impact on my life and preaching. Thanks be to God for the testimony of DGB.
Jeff Kisner
April 30, 2017
Our years with Uncle Dave were a precious gift. His writings and stories by and about him will keep him alive in our hearts. What an amazing man!
Julie Ives Moberg
April 29, 2017
David G. Buttrick fought discrimination of every sort his whole life. He will be greatly missed, but his works live on. And his great sense of humour lifted life for all of us.
Ann Buttrick
April 27, 2017
Great person and great teacher God bless
Bruce Levine
April 27, 2017
Good and faithful servant of the Word of God, may you rest in peace. We in the guild remain in your debt!
Honora Werner, OP
April 27, 2017
"Prof Buttrick, thanks for being an obedient Pastoral and Theological Sign Post. Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.
Anthony Ishaya
April 26, 2017
Rest In Peace, dear friend.
Sandy Wylie
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