Commissioners John '60 and Elsie Henderson '61 Busby - 2001 A Award Recipients
Born in East Orange, N.J., to officer parents, Commissioner John Busby was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where his father, Lt. Colonel John W. Busby, served as trade secretary for 25 years. Commissioner Busby’s grandfather, Commissioner W. C. Arnold, was territorial commander of the USA Southern Territory from 1939 to 1948.
Commissioner Busby continued with post-graduate work at Asbury Theological Seminary and Emory University Candler School of Theology. Commissioner Busby and his wife, Elsie Henderson ’60 Busby, entered the School for Officers Training (SFOT) in Atlanta in 1961, and were commissioned as Salvation Army officers in 1963. Following several corps appointments, the Busbys served on the staff of the SFOT and in divisional work, prior to John’s appointment as territorial youth and candidates secretary, US Southern Territory in 1984.
In 1986, the Busbys became divisional leaders for the Arkansas/Oklahoma division where they served for three years before being transferred to the Florida Division, Commissioner Busby as Divisional Commander and Elsie as Director of Women’s Services and Human League Secretary.
Commissioner Busby was appointed chief secretary for The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory in December of 1993. In addition to serving on the territorial cabinet and governing council, the Catherine Booth Bible College Board of Trustees and other Army boards and councils, he was elected vice president of the Canadian Bible Society for Ontario and Quebec. In 1996, he was elected to the Asbury College Board of Trustees. He later became President of the Asbury College Alumni Association.
In 1997, Commissioner Busby became chief secretary in the USA Southern territory, and in 1999 He and his wife were appointed as National Commander and National President of Women’s Organizations of the US.As National Commander, Commissioner Busby helped coordinate the work for the four territories on national Salvation Army projects.
He represented the Salvation Army at the National Conference on Sudan, which was held in 1999 on Capital Hill. Over 100 activists, missionaries, development experts, artists, and policy makers from the United States and Sudan exchanged ideas for arousing international concern and for offering direct assistance to the Sudanese, who at the time were facing a civil war between the Muslim North and the Christian South.
Commissioner Busby was also a huge contributor to the 9/11 relief work, and very involved in representing the Salvation Army to the US government. He also opened the tired session of the 2000 Republican National Convention in prayer in Philadelphia.