Rev. Peter Bush, the Moderator of the 2017 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, will be visiting and preaching at Knox Oakville on Sunday, January 21st. This is a special honour for us, and we’re thrilled to host him!
Peter serves as minister at First Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg. Here’s a biography so you can learn a little about him before he comes:
Peter Bush is the son of missionary parents, and is passionate about congregations and individuals living the love of Jesus in action and telling the story of Jesus in words.
He has a heart for small congregations, having led workshops, coached leadership teams, and offered training events to help small congregations thrive in remote, rural, suburban and urban contexts. To this end he has authored two books, In Dying we are Born (Alban, 2008) and with Christine O’Reilly, Where Twenty or Thirty are Gathered (Alban, 2006).
For over 20 years Peter has written about Presbyterian involvement in residential schools and was a contract researcher with the Truth and Reconciliation Commisson.
In the last seven years, the Presbytery of Winnipeg has intentionally sought to plant new congregations among the growing non-Euro-Canadian communities in Winnipeg. Peter, cross-cultural liaison for the presbytery, translates Canadian Presbyterianism to these newly formed worshipping communities and interprets these communities to the Canadian Presbyterian Church.
Peter’s wider church involvement includes being Clerk of the Synod of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, a member of the Pension and Benefits Board, a member of the Committee on Church Doctrine (2005–2011) and a member of the Committee on History (1996–2002, Convenor 1999–2002). As editor of Presbyterian History for over 25 years and a contributor to the Presbyterian Record, he has told the stories of the people and congregations of the church. Peter coordinates the Reformation @ 500 project, a Committee on History initiative, inviting exploration of the “five watchwords” of the Reformation in our present context. He is the PCC’s representative on Evangelism Connections, a coalition of mainline North American denominations working to highlight evangelism as a mainline Christian practice and to share evangelism resources.
Peter is married to Debbie (Sutherland), the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries to Taiwan; they have one son.