A Bryan ISD bus could affectionately be called a “holy roller” as it is driven by the pastor of a local church.
Pastor Doug Dickey of Fellowship Free Will Church in Bryan started driving a bus through a church bus ministry 25 years ago and has driven a bus at Bryan ISD for the past five years. He currently drives Davila Middle School and Ross Elementary students.
Dickey considers his driving position as a service opportunity but also considers it to be one of his primary jobs. When asked what he does for a living, he says, “I’m a pastor, and I drive a morning bus route.”
“The most rewarding aspect of both of these jobs is having the opportunity to make a positive impact in other people’s lives,” Dickey said. “It certainly is refreshing when you actually get to see that impact making a difference in someone’s life.”
Making an Impact
The opportunity to make a difference is one of the many benefits of being a school bus driver according to Dickey, who credits the position for helping him to be a better pastor. He said serving as a driver has provided him opportunities for more interaction and to learn patience and humility among other lessons.
“Bus driving really isn’t for everyone,” Dickey said. “But there is a lot that can be learned in the process, and there are wonderful opportunities to be a blessing to others.”
One can never stop learning as a driver according to Dickey, as he describes the position as “a constant learning stage.”
Before driving a school bus, Dickey recommends drivers take advantage of every training opportunity possible. He said developing people skills and learning not to take things personally are vital, as drivers should “be prepared to be patient and have your patience tested.”
“Rewards come sometimes when a kid, out of the blue gives you a hug or tells you 'thank you',” Dickey said.
A passion for helping children is something Dickey said he has always possessed, which aligns with his favorite aspect of working for Bryan ISD.
“I appreciate the emphasis and effort to make it all about helping the kids,” Dickey said.
Children First. Always.