Brad Bush has Passed
It is with that strange mixture of sadness and gratitude known only to those with the hope of the resurrection that I write this update.
It is likely that you have heard the news already, but this last Saturday, Brad Bush passed away silently and unexpectedly. According to his wife Susan, he had not been declining in the previous days, but while she and Brad’s mom were sharing a cup of coffee, he just slipped away.
Words on this side of heaven cannot express the extent of Brad’s legacy and the impact he has left on our community. TEAMM was almost entirely the result of a vision Brad had of the need for Christian unity and the hope of revival in Tippecanoe County. He was convinced that revival was just around the corner for us, and he prayed and worked fervently for it.
I myself am incredibly grateful to God that He allowed me to enter a community where Brad had been toiling for so long already. So many of my own hopes and dreams for God’s Kingdom in Tippecanoe County were already established before I ever came here, and it’s almost entirely because of Brad’s faithfulness. I am saddened that he is no longer among us, but I’m so grateful for the good fight he fought so well.
Joe Bell is currently writing up an official response on behalf of the TEAMM Executive Board, but I wanted to send this email out now in the hopes that you could be present for one or both of the services this week.
- On Tuesday, December 22, from 5pm to 8pm, there will be a Visitation at Soller-Baker Funeral Home.
- On Wednesday, December 23, at 4pm, there will be a Memorial Service at Covenant Church in West Lafayette.
Those are the only details I have, so let me say one final thing. Brad always saw the organization we call TEAMM as a means toward cooperation and not an end in itself, so even as the Executive Board is trying to figure out a proper response from TEAMM to bless the Bush family and to express our grief, let me encourage you as individual ministers and ministries to not wait on or rely on TEAMM, but to express your own grief and appreciation for Brad to the family directly. The family is requesting gifts in lieu of flowers be sent to The National Brain Tumor Society, but I’m certain there is something more personal that your churches and ministries could offer to the family as well.