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Eugene Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Spiritual Theology
BA (Seattle Pacific University), STB (New York Theological Seminary), MA (Johns Hopkins University), DHL (Honorary, Seattle Pacific University), DST (Honorary, Messiah College), DD (Honorary, North Park University), DL (Honorary, Houghton College), DD (Honorary, St Mary’s Seminary and University), DD (Honorary, Whitworth University)

Eugene passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. He was survived by his three children, nine grandchildren, and his wife Jan, who played a vital part in the Regent community during their time in Vancouver. Jan passed away on May 10, 2019.

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From 1993 to 1998, Eugene Peterson served as the James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. In addition to being a poet, author, and scholar, Dr. Peterson was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was the founder of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Maryland, where he was the pastor for twenty-nine years. Dr. Peterson also served as an Assistant Professor at the New York Theological Seminary. He wrote numerous books including The Pastor: A Memoir, The Jesus Way, Practice Resurrection, Leap Over a Wall, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Working the Angles, and Reversed Thunder. He was best known for developing a paraphrase of the Bible called The Message.

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Areas of expertise

Spiritual Formation
Spiritual Theology
Semitic Languages

Media & Publications

  • Just Faithful Video
  • Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading Book Publication
  • A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society Book Publication
  • The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways that Jesus is the Way Book Publication
  • Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life Book Publication
  • The Pastor: A Memoir Book Publication
  • Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing up in Christ Book Publication

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