Dr. Louie Bustle honored with 2013 Reed Leadership Award
Posted: Nov 06, 2013
"Dream the dream that God has for you so that you can accomplish something great for him." — Dr. Louie Bustle
“God has called every one of us into a role of leadership to make a difference,” Dr. Louie E. Bustle said during his message in Olivet's chapel on November 6, when he accepted the 2013 Reed Leadership Award presented to him by Dr. John C. Bowling, University president.
“Louie Bustle is an individual of exceptional ability whose work has had an international impact,” Dr. Bowling said. “This award honors the lasting legacy of both Dr. Bustle and Dr. Harold W. Reed.” The award and the Reed Institute for Advanced Study of Leadership were established by Dr. Reed, who was president of the University from 1949 to 1975.
A man with a passion for serving Christ through missions, Dr. Bustle was the global mission director for the Church of the Nazarene and the first district superintendent for the Dominican Republic. Currently, he gives leadership to Holiness Legacy, a ministry that digitally publishes out-of-print holiness books and makes them available on its website at no charge. He is also a popular speaker for revivals and faith promise services.
While still a student at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Dr. Bustle served his first term as a missionary in the Virgin Islands. He sees the work that he and his wife, Ellen, accomplished as a team effort. They started churches and worked for the Lord in the island country of Antigua. In 1975, they started work in the Dominican Republic, then transferred to Peru in 1982, where he served as mission director. The next year, they moved to Quito, Ecuador, and started the first regional office for the Church of the Nazarene’s South American Region.
Then in the 1994 General Board Session in Kansas City, Missouri, he was elected as global mission director and served in that position for 18 years. During these years, he traveled to 113 countries and was instrumental in the life-changing “JESUS” film project. Under his leadership, Nazarene global mission areas grew from 1.1 million members in 1994 to 2.1 million members in 2011.
Dr. and Mrs. Bustle are the parents of two children, Beth and John, and have four grandchildren.
During his message, Dr. Bustle also encouraged students, faculty, staff and guests to allow God to work through them. He emphasized that everyone can be a leader, no matter what their current or future occupation.
A believer in the goals and dreams that God has for each person, he spoke of the unbelievable work people have accomplished in the Church of the Nazarene by allowing God to work through them.
He ended his message with the same challenge he gave at the beginning of it: “If you knew you could not fail as a leader, what would you attempt to do for Christ?”