Brooke & Karen Butler
Brooke and Karen Butler first served with Cru at Stanford University for 10 years. Then in January of 1994, they arrived in Croatia with their two children during the Yugoslav Civil War.
The Butlers served for 17 years as the Cru National Team Leaders for Croatia and Bosnia, and during this time, God graciously blessed them with two more children and a ministry team of over 30 staff.
In 2014, they began their third and current chapter in ministry at UC Berkeley with Athletes in Action, which is a ministry division of CRU that focuses on the domain of sport. Brooke and Karen continue to minister to Croatians through partnership, working alongside the Croatian staff team through short-term projects.
Athletes in Action is committed to using the transcendent language of sport, which knows no boundaries and has the ability to unite cultures and defy convention, to communicate the most powerful message of all: God’s passionate love for his children as communicated through his Son, Jesus Christ. It’s a story that’s changed the Butlers’ lives, given them purpose and hope, and they long to tell this good news to others.
Brooke and Karen’s mission is to serve the Cal community, and more specifically the athletic department, as they help athletes and coaches to actively seek and strengthen a relationship with God. In all these activities and responsibilities, they desire that many students will respond to the message of Jesus and develop into men and women who will faithfully serve Him throughout their life-times.
Meet Our Missionaries
Learn about some of our other Local Missionaries serving in the Bay Area.
Brooke & Karen Butler, Athletes in Action
Since 2014, Brooke and Karen Butler have served at UC Berkeley with Athletes in Action, where they love ministering to college students because of their zeal and potential to impact their teams and world for Christ.Read their story
Udom Setthaya, YWAM San Francisco
Originally from Thailand, Udom Setthaya serves with YWAM San Francisco through the Restoration Initiatives Ministry, which serves, restores, empowers, and disciples residents in the Tenderloin.Read their story
Lauren Butts, Because Justice Matters
Lauren is the Director of the EdenMade Department at Because Justice Matters. She oversees two programs that address sexual exploitation: a prevention-focused mentorship program for girls and a relationship-centered program for women working in the adult entertainment industry.Read their story