Stachelle Bussey was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Equipped with a heart for service through worship at a young age, Stachelle began serving in the church when she was just 7 years old. A self-taught musician, she started out as a drummer and then began playing keys before becoming a Minister of Music at the age of 22.
While obtaining her bachelor’s in criminal justice from Kentucky State University, she was an active participant in the music department, and a member of the Thoroughbred Marching Band and Gospel Ensemble. Stachelle became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority in November 2007.
Recognizing music could be used as a tool to reach underprivileged youth, Stachelle returned to her alma mater, Central High School, as Assistant Band Director where she currently arranges music and assists in all aspects of the band, including choreography.
In 2015, Stachelle was named Worship Director for One Church Louisville where she currently serves today leading worship, arranging music, and overseeing programming and sound. In 2017, Stachelle answered the call to minister from the pulpit and preached her initial sermon titled "Accident Forgiveness" on August 20, 2017.
Concerned with the surge in food insecurity in Louisville, Stachelle coordinated an effort to provide free rides to the grocery store on a monthly basis in 2019 utilizing churches for pick-up and drop-off locations. This coincided with the launch of the Hope Buss, a nonprofit organization that intersects the church with the community in various forms such as providing rides to the polls on election day, hosting conversations on mental health and the church, and providing free food and gospel music in the community after the murders of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee in West Louisville.
In 2019, Stachelle was named to the Vanderbilt University Divinity School Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative Cohort, which is a national body of persons committed to consistent dialogue around issues pertaining to racial justice that impact them locally, but have national import. By consistent collaboration, Cohort participation will serve as a think tank for ideas, collective witness, and support for the journey.
Stachelle earned her Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as part of the "Agents of Change" cohort and received her chaplaincy certification through Norton Healthcare in May 2020. Stachelle was accepted to the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Ecumenical Studies program at the Ecumenical Institute at Chateau de Bossey in Geneva, Switzerland and was expected to begin her studies in September 2020 before COVID-19.
These days, you can find Stachelle in the heart of fighting for justice for Breonna Taylor while working to expand the Hope Buss' reach within the community.