Moderator of the 143rd General Assembly
The Rev. Peter Bush, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., M.T.S., M.Div.
Peter Bush, the son of missionary parents, is the teaching elder (minister) at Westwood Church, Winnipeg, having served Knox Church, Mitchell, Ontario (1996–2007), and St. Andrew’s Church, Flin Flon, Manitoba (1989–1996). Peter is passionate about congregations and individuals living the love of Jesus in action and telling the story of Jesus in words.
Peter 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 Commission.
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 (2008-present); and member of the Pension and Benefits Board (2012–present), Committee on Church Doctrine (2005–2011) and, Committee on History (1996–2002, convenor 1999–2002). As editor of Presbyterian History for over 25 years and a contributor to the 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 Presbyterian Church in Canada’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.
Read more about Peter in the Presbyterian Connection newspaper, spring edition.
Documents from the Moderator
General Assembly 2017 History Moment #1 James Robertson
James Robertson was called to Knox Winnipeg in 1874 and in 1881 became the Superintendent of Missions for the West. During his 20 years in the role, he started churches, nurtured young clergy, recruited people into the ministry and travelled ceaselessly.
General Assembly 2017 History Moment #2 Anna Ross
Ross moved her family to nearby Clinton where she taught school for 10 years. In 1897, she became the first superintendent (principal) of the newly established Ewart Missionary Training Home.
History Moment #3 coming soon.
General Assembly 2017 History Moment #4 The Indigenous Missionaries
A new way of telling the mission story has arisen, a telling recognizing the role of Indigenous Christians in the adoption, adaption and proclamation of the good news of Jesus.
General Assembly 2017 History Moment #5 Gillespie and the Indian Residential Schools
Catherine (Kate) Gillespie was born in 1866 and trained as a teacher. In 1901 Gillespie became the first woman in Canada appointed an Indian residential school principal. She was also one of the first lay people appointed a school principal.
General Assembly 2017 History Moment #6 John Morton
John Morton had a successful ministry in the 1860s in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. In 1868, with the blessing of the Synod of the Maritimes, Morton and his family became missionaries to the Indian community in Trinidad.
General Assembly 2017 History Moment #7 Biafra
In August 1968, E.H. Johnson visited civil war-torn Biafra and he left on a flight in a daring mission. The focus of Johnson and the Presbyterian Church was to get food into Biafra, which led to the creation of Canairelief in early 1969.