Lakewood Presbyterian Church is home to a talented and dedicated group of professionals who make our ministry possible. Use the numbers and links below to contact any of our staff directly if you have questions about our church.
The Rev. Dr. James C. Butler
(216) 226-0514, ext. 18
James Butler was ordained in 1990 to the Presbyterian Ministry of Word and Sacrament. For over 13 years, he enjoyed serving as an Interim Ministry specialist with congregations in Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 2001, he was installed as the eighth pastor of Lakewood Presbyterian Church. A native of Richmond, Indiana, he is a graduate of Taylor University (1984) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (1989). He received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (2009) for his qualitative research project on suicide bereavement and pastoral care. In addition to his duties at LPC, Dr. Butler serves as a Trustee of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve, the Barton Foundation and Center, Northcoast Health Ministry, and on the Board of Directors of the LSC Corporation (a management service overseeing several non-profit low income senior housing complexes in Northeast Ohio), and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Lakewood Ministerial Association. He has a special passion for the church to rediscover and continue Christ’s ministry of healing and wholeness.
Coordinator of Faith Formation Ministries
(216) 226-0514, ext. 19
Dr. Ruth Draper
Director of Music
(216) 226-0514, ext. 23
Trained as an organist, conductor, and scholar, Dr. Ruth Draper holds degrees in music from Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and the University of Washington. Ruth has served churches for over twenty years, working with in music programs of varied sizes in Middletown, CT, Seattle, WA, Rochester, NY, and Philadelphia, PA. Ruth also has extensive experience with school-based and independent choirs of both youth and adults. Learn more about Ruth’s professional background and hear sound clips of her organ and piano music here.
Ruth brings a diverse repertoire of organ and piano music to worship, from Classical to Jazz to Contemporary Christian, and leads the LPC choir in anthems and hymnody in a wide variety of styles. Ruth also brings her passion for chamber music to her church work, enhancing choir music and service music with the talents of gifted instrumentalists.
(216) 226-0514, ext. 14
(216) 226-0514, ext. 11
(216) 226-0514, ext. 13
(216) 226-0514, ext. 10