Staff & Clergy

Meet our Staff and Clergy!

Click on the images below to find out more about the folks working in front of and behind the scenes to sustain and grow St. John's ministries in the city and the world, shaping each week's liturgies, designing and teaching classes, taking care of our building, caring for parishioners of all ages, giving back to our neighbors, and being involved in our surrounding community in a wide range of ways. 

Photos by Kathryn Feldmann and Cara Ellen Modisett.

Robert Butler



Robert Butler has been with St. John’s since the summer of 1980, when the Reverend Clay Turner was rector. Born in Draper, Va., Robert came to Roanoke at the age of eight. In 1970 he married Mary Smith, and they’ve been together ever since. Now retired, she worked for the Roanoke City Health Department, with mentally disabled children. They have two children, Robin and B.T. (Bryan), who both live in Roanoke, and five grandchildren: one a student at Radford University, one at Concord University; one in Roanoke and two in North Carolina. Over the years, Robert changed his membership from the Baptist church to St. John’s, and served for some time as a verger. An athlete in years past, he enjoyed tennis and softball, and besides his full-time position at St. John’s he also worked for the City of Salem for 35 years. “I love helping. The music – it’s uplifting.” He and Mary enjoy going to Red Sox games and spending time with their neighbors.