Alumni Spotlight


Alumni Spotlight - Chet Bush, '97


Chet Bush
Class of 1997

Favorite Trevecca Memory:  I have so many great memories in the classroom with our fine religion professors, or hanging out with friends around Nashville... but my favorite Trevecca memory is meeting a beautiful blonde named Allie Benton.

Where Are You Currently Serving? Pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Oxford, MS

What inspired you to write Called to the Fire?  I was motivated to write this book out of my friendship with Charles and the deep desire to get his story heard. It is a story people need to know about Dr Johnson, about this historic national event that took place in Mississippi, about his obedience to his pastoral call in the midst of harrowing circumstances, and about who we Nazarenes are due to his faithfulness.

What have you learned through the process? I have learned about the power of redemptive story. I have learned to be patient and persistent when doing God's work. I have re-learned that The Call is precious.

What are your hopes for those who read Dr. Johnson’s Story? My hopes differ with each reader. I pray many are encouraged in their callings, to press on in spite of circumstance with fortitude knowing the One Who calls them is indeed with them. I pray some are "cut to the heart" for how they have, perhaps, dismissed social engagement as a critical feature of Gospel living. I pray some will even hear and respond to the Call that God is voicing in their lives to be a pastor, or social servant, or missionary, or community organizer... I pray we all are challenged and inspired to pursue just and right relationships with the "whole man."

For those who are interested in reading Called to the Fire, you can find it at  You can also watch the chapel service with Rev. Bush and Dr. Johnson here: