WINTER SOLSTICE WORSHIP

The Reverend Dr. Ella F. Busby

“It is by grace…it is a gift of God…so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9)” that Ella is who she is, the Reverend Dr. Ella F. Busby, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and honorably retired, after 25 plus years of faithfully serving as pastor to several churches within the denomination in Georgia and South Carolina.

Even though retired, Ella continues to be about the business of winning souls for Christ. Currently, she is joyfully serving the Second Presbyterian Church, Sumter, SC, as Stated Supply, and the Presbytery of New Harmony, Florence, SC, as the Associate for Pastoral Concerns and Fellowship, She is the founder of the Hallelujah Anyhow (HaHa) Ministry. Ella’s gifts have made way for her as a preacher, teacher, revivalist, worship/conference leader, storyteller, writer, and friend to many. Ella has been blessed to share the ‘Good News’ of Jesus Christ locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, by winning souls in Jamaica, building homes in Mexico, shepherding cows in Nairobi, and advocating for the poor, elderly, and women.

Ella received her Master of Divinity degree and the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree and served as the President of the Alumni Council of Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. She did doctoral study at Bossey Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.

With God’s grace and favor, Ella has organized and revitalized churches, managed the construction of church buildings, and has been used by God as a mouthpiece in the transformation of church folk’s lives. She has served on all levels of the Presbyterian Church USA, having served twice as Moderator of the Presbytery of New Harmony and three times as Commissioner to the General Assembly. She is a member of the Sumter County Concerned Clergy Alliance (SCCC), National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Mary McLeod Section, Sumter, and a member of the NAACP.

Ella loves the parish ministry, but she has focused on women’s ministry having preached and presented at many women’s gatherings and retreats, including Louisville, Canada, and Jamaica.  She has mentored many of our young, dynamic female clergy.

Ella serves on the following boards:  Thornwell and Thornwell Charter School Boards, Clinton, and the L. Arthur O’Neill Jr., Educational Fund Board, Sumter. Having received many awards, recognitions, and privileges, Ella acknowledges that only what she does for Christ will last.

For rest, she enjoys spending time with her family, including two sons:  Sam (Anita) and Michael (Elizabeth) and five granddaughters, and many friends; bird watching, reading, writing, watching old black and white movies, listening to gospel and smooth jazz music and traveling. Thanks be to God for ‘all’ that God has done to, in, through, and for Ella. Because of God’s favor, Ella sings “God has smiled on me. God’s been good to me.” Amen.