David Bush was born in 1972 and grew up in a delightful Christian family situated in the Canadian countryside not far from Toronto. He became aware of his need for God’s saving grace at a very young age. However, during his early university years David questioned God’s very existence, turned away from his childhood faith, and proceeded to live life on his own terms. But God mercifully protected him through this time. After a few years, David began to see that science and reason were altogether consistent with faith in God. While a graduate student in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Toronto, he began to study the Scriptures so that he could understand Christianity more deeply. He became convinced of the Bible’s truth, and started to attend a Presbyterian church.
David met Natalie in 2000 not long after these events. Natalie was seeking a statistics tutor, and found David to be a very skilled and compassionate teacher—little did he know how valuable his statistics training would prove to be! They quickly discovered their mutual gratitude and love for Jesus Christ, became close friends, and got engaged exactly one year from the day they met. After an academic year apart, with David in Toronto and Natalie in New York, they were married, at last, in June 2002. They moved to New York as a newlywed couple later that summer. In April 2010, David and Natalie welcomed into their family a precious daughter, Anneliese, who is full of joy and curiosity. The name Anneliese means “grace” and “devoted to God”.
David finished his PhD in 2003, and began working as a neuroscientist in the lab of Joseph LeDoux at New York University’s Center for Neural Science. While in this position, David also completed an MBA at the Stern School of Business, and then transitioned into a new career as a business strategy consultant for IBM.
He and Natalie love New York City, and have dedicated themselves to what God is accomplishing here through the Village Church. David brings a potent combination of sensitive spirit and powerful mind to the helm of the Village Church. He oversees the Bridging Ministries of the church, which direct the congregation outward to engage their city. David also provides oversight for the trustees and the Village Church finances.