Church On The Square

The Staff

Welcome !
Doctor Michael D. Bush
What a pleasure to be looking forward to serving as part of the life of First Presbyterian Church in Athens! I want you to know that I’ve been praying for this congregation and for your future, as well as for our period of ministry together. I am praying that this will be a time of encouragement, growth, and learning for all of us.
There are some things about me you may be curious about, and some that you’ll only wonder about after we meet:
Janellyn and I have been married for more than 28 years. We have three children, who are triplets, 21 year-old college juniors: David at Presbyterian, John Peyton at Sewanee (University of the South), and Sara Jane at Davidson. Janellyn will come to join me in Athens when school is out. She is a fourth grade teacher in Abbeville County, South Carolina, so until school is out her presence here will be very limited.
I have served three congregations as pastor, in addition to several interims while also doing other things. I have also been a seminary professor and administrator for several years.
You will notice when we celebrate communion, and perhaps at other times, that I have a small tremor. It’s no big deal, but people worry about it if I don’t explain it. It’s called an “essential tremor,” which means it isn’t a symptom of anything. The quivering (especially in my right hand) is all there is to it. So don’t let it bother you. (But if you see me pick up a cup of coffee with my right hand, you might want to take a step back to make sure it’s safe!)
I am an amateur musician, a tuba player. This aspect of my life renews my focus and energy for ministry. Serving on the Board of Directors of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (you never dreamed of such a group existing, did you?) has allowed me to develop relationships in the musical world that I treasure. I have already found the Athens State Community Band, and expect to participate actively with that group.
I am enjoying these first few days getting to know both you and the Athens community. Please introduce yourself and let me know how I can serve you.
Michael Bush



Sandra Mitchel, Administrative Assistant
Duane Counter, Treasurer
Pat Bacon, Director Of Music
Gwen Bacon, Organist
Cynthia Daniel, Sexton
Alice Whitt, Nursery

The Session

Class of 2015
Emily Clem
Julie Mc Neese
Mason Ruf
David Whitten

Class of 2016
Price Boyd
Sharon Hand
John Noel
Kay Sims

Class of 2017
Richard "Buzz" Estes
Christine "Chris" Hilgeman
Don Payne
Jerry Witt

The Board Of Trustees

Class of 2015
Josh Andrews

Class of 2016
Marv Price

Class of 2017
Jonathan Dunwoody