Leading the Chamber's second century
Pastor Paul Bush will lead the Aiken Chamber in 2019, the Chamber’s 101st year. “As the Chamber begins to look at its second century, we will lay a foundation for a new century of service to our community,” Pastor Bush said. “The Aiken Chamber continues to help lead Aiken forward with not only a revitalizing of our city and county’s building, streets, and parks but also revitalizing the faces and diversity among our citizens in leadership. The Aiken Chamber is a place where we explore issues and birth solutions to discuss opportunities to move forward.”
Pastor Bush is a graduate of Aiken High School. He earned a master’s degree in Christian Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. In addition, he holds a certificate of degree in "The School of The Prophets" from Lahairoi Bible College in Augusta, Georgia, an associate degree in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus, Georgia, and an associate degree in Human Services; with certificates of degrees in Criminal Justice and Alcohol and Drug Abuse from Aiken Technical College.
In April 2015, Pastor Bush was honored as “Man of the Year” for South Carolina at the 35th Annual Partnership, Collaboration, Courage and Leadership Achievement Award Gala.
Pastor Bush currently serves as the president of the Concerned Ministers Fellowship of Aiken and on the Center for African-American History, Art and Culture board of directors. He is a NAACP Silver Life member and a member of the African-American Ministers Leadership Council. Pastor Bush served as a Chamber Ambassador for three years and joined the Chamber’s board of directors in 2015. Pastor Bush will be the first African-American chair of the Aiken Chamber board of directors.