L. Russ Bush III (1944 – 2008) entered Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1968 and received a Master of Divinity in 1970. He continued at SWBTS for his Ph.D. studies, teaching as an Instructor from 1973 to 1975, and graduating with his Doctor of Philosophy in 1975. He continued to teach as an elected faculty member at SWBTS until 1989 when he was called to serve as Dean of the Faculty and Academic Vice-President at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He continued in this position at SEBTS until 2006 when he was given the title Dean of Faculty Emeritus and became the first director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture.
Russell Bush Jr. (1920 – 2012) practiced dentistry from 1946-1986, at which time he was called as pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS. He was 66 years old when he became pastor of the church and served there 14 years, retiring in May of 2000. After retiring from full-time ministry, he served several local churches as interim pastor until his health would not allow it. At 90 years old Dr. Bush, being a technology enthusiast, used social media for teaching biblical principles to anyone who would read his daily posts. On October 21, 2012, Dr. Bush was named Pastor Emeritus of Main Street Baptist Church. Dr. Bush served as president of the MS Baptist Convention in 1961-62. He also served as trustee of the MS Baptist Children’s Village, MS Baptist Hospital, the MS Baptist Foundation, and as member of the executive committee of both the MS Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.
Joshua R. Bush lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and does biomedical research with natural polymers for orthopedic applications. He is also an ordained deacon at First Baptist Church – Park Street in Charlottesville. Together with the help of cousins Lee Wood and Russell Young, he is delivering the recorded teaching of his father, L. Russ Bush III, and grandfather, Russell Bush Jr., in podcast format to make the content easily accessible to everyone.