STAFF SPOTLIGHT: JONATHAN BUTLER

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Get to know the guy who leads out as our Life Coaching and Operations Director as well as serving families as our in house Marriage and Family Therapist.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you are from, where you grew up and your background.

 I was born in Knoxville, TN, but moved to Louisville when I was 5. I am the youngest of three. I grew up as the son of a pastor here in Louisville. After graduating college I moved to Nashville and began working in real estate, but soon began pursuing a career in college athletics as ticket sales associate for the Vanderbilt Athletic department. My wife and I lived in Chicago for a few years before moving back to Louisville. In 2015 I left my work in college athletics and began pursuing my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I became a board approved Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the fall of 2018. My wife and I were high school sweethearts and have been married for 13 years. We have 3 children, the two oldest are girls and the youngest a boy, ages 8,7,4. 

How long have you been with OCA and what is your role here?

I have been involved with with OCA for 2 1/2 years, my first role was as life coach, which I continue to do today. I help oversee our life coaching ministry, help with our Hub Leaders, and am a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

What’s a typical week look like for you?

A typical week for me would be around 10-12 hours counseling and then connecting with our Hub leaders, and supporting our life coaches to create new opportunities for them to engage with kids aging out of foster care.

Share a memorable way God has moved over the years at OCA. 

One thing I see is how God sustains and holds us in the midst of all the brokenness and chaos of the adoption and foster world. One thing I am noticing is that in the world in which we live and work, this is not a quick fix. It is hard and challenging, yet He still remains and sustains. Even in the middle of the challenges He brings us joy at OCA. He continues to be present as we continue to walk this slow journey of being catalysts for hope and redemption. 

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy playing board/card games. I am an avid runner and enjoy listening/reading books to further my development in the field of psychotherapy. 

What is your favorite book/resource/speaker on adoption /foster care?

Relational Soul  This isn’t necessarily related to foster care or adoption, but it speaks to us being created for relationships which is what adoption and fostering is about

Why are you so passionate about foster care and adoption?

If I were to be honest, and I think that’s what you’re looking for here :) is I’m not sure. If I were to search deep within, I think it is because I want to see redemption brought to broken families. I want to see kids have hope. I am passionate about families and love seeing families thrive. Where foster care and adoption isn’t always about thriving families, it is about working to provide opportunities for families to flourish and families to be made whole. 

What is your favorite Bible verse?

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.