Baptist and Reflector
BRENTWOOD – Connie Davis Bushey will retire May 31 after 32 years on the staff of the Baptist and Reflector and the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
Bushey joined the B&R in 1985 as assistant editor. She was promoted to news editor in 1998 after the election of Lonnie Wilkey as editor. She also served under editors Al Shackleford, Wm. Fletcher Allen, and Charlie Warren (interim).
A native of Oklahoma and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Bushey formerly served as managing editor of Crusader and Crusader Counselor magazines for the former Brotherhood Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, based in Memphis.
She has won awards for her work with both the B&R and Crusader magazine from the Baptist Communicators Association.
“Connie has been an ambassador for the Baptist and Reflector and the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board,” said Wilkey, who has worked alongside Bushey for 29 of her 32 years. “She is beloved across the convention,” Wilkey observed. “I have gone out to cover disaster relief events and many times I would be asked, ‘Where’s Connie? Why didn’t you send her?’ The relationships she developed among Tennessee Baptists over the years are amazing. She will be missed.”
Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the TBMB, observed that Bushey “is one of the sweetest Christian ladies I have ever had the joy of knowing.
“Her life exemplifies a global Great Commission heart and focus on people. From the old SBC Brotherhood Commission to the Baptist and Reflector, she has served both Southern and Tennessee Baptists well,” Davis said.
Bushey described her ministry and career with the B&R as “life-changing in a positive way and a joy.”
Bushey and her husband, Nick, are active members of Woodmont Baptist Church, Nashville, where they work with the Swahili Baptist Church that meets at Woodmont.