For nearly three decades, Pastor Richard Butler let Aryan Nations/Church of Jesus Christ Christian. Pastor Butler was born in 1938, Pastor Butler moved to California during the Great Depression. He studied aeronautical engineering at Los Angeles City College and served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II. He worked as an engineer for Lockheed in Southern California; however, he was very disturbed about the things that were happening in the United States. It was while he was working for Lockheed that Butler was introduced to the Christian Identity teachings.
By the mid-1960s, Butler had fully embraced Identity and served as National Director of the Christian Defense League, which was founded by Wesley Swift. Butler worked and learned from Swift for 10 years. In 1971, Butler moved to Hayden Lake, Idaho and started what would become Aryan Nations.
The Aryan Nations compound in Hayden Lake, Idaho was a 20-acre compound. The compound hosted Aryan Nations Congress, which attracted 200 people or more and included such guests as Louis Beam, and many other well-known Klu Klux Klan leaders. Pastor Butler believed in unity amongst different organizations. In 1979, Pastor Butler started the Aryan Nations Prison Outreach. This is how Pastor Butler reached out to prisoners to show them there was a better way of life and to tell them about the love of Yahweh. It was through this ministry that Gary Lee Yarbrough, future member of the Order met Pastor Butler and became a member of Aryan Nations. It is at Aryan Nations compound that most of the Order members met each other. Bob Mathews attended many of the events at Aryan Nations.
In the 1980's, Pastor Butler started the Aryan Nation's Academy, which had Kindergarten thru 8th grade.
In the mid-to-late 1980's Aryan Nations went through some really hard time because of law suits and the Order's connection to Aryan Nations. When the FBI was watching Gary Yarbrough and the other former Order members, they would harass the members of Aryan Nations. They would get the license plate numbers of people coming and leaving the compound and try to bring them all the personal grief they could. However, Aryan Nations stayed growing and going. However, the compound was lost in a law suit, which was a sad situation. The actions behind the law suit probably came from commie leftist. However, this did not discourage Butler. He tried to continue building up Aryan Nations. Pastor Butler died on September 8, 2004. Since then Aryan Nations has splintered but is still living on through people who want to keep what Pastor Butler started going and to help save our Folk.