Guest Preachers for Holy Week

The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D.

The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D.

The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D., is the Meade Professor of Biblical Interpretation. She joined the VTS faculty in 1994. Her areas of expertise include Greek language, New Testament Interpretation, Romans, Hebrews, social justice, Biblical storytelling, and theatre. Before coming to VTS, she taught at Bangor Theological Seminary.

Dr. Grieb received her B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Hollins University, her J.D. from Columbus School of Law (Catholic University of America), her M.Div from VTS, her Ph.D. (with distinction) in Religious Studies (Theology) from Yale University, and her L.L.M. (with distinction) in Canon Law from Cardiff University School of Law.

Ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in the Diocese of Washington in 1983, she serves part-time at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.

Dr. Grieb co-founded the Pauline Soteriology Group at the Society for Biblical Literature and has served on several related committees, including a term on the Board of the Journal of Biblical Studies. She was President of the Mid-Atlantic Region SBL in 2006-2007. She is currently on the board of the Journal of Theological Interpretation and a member of the SBL group on Theology and the Bible, as well the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars and the Society for the Study of Anglicanism. Dr. Grieb is a member of the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church and represented the Episcopal Church at the World Council of Churches Plenary Session in 2009. She was one of seven theologians asked to write To Set Our Hope on Christ, in response to the Windsor Report. She was a member of the Anglican Communion Covenant Design Group.

Currently, Dr. Grieb is a member of IASCUFO (the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity Faith and Order) of the Anglican Communion and teaches regularly at the Canterbury Scholars program at Canterbury Cathedral. A popular preacher and teacher, she leads retreats and Bible studies for diocesan clergy days and other church groups.

Dr. Grieb has authored many articles and book chapters related to the New Testament, theological interpretation of Scripture, and preaching. She published The Story of Romans in 2002 with Westminster John Knox. She Co-edited The Word Leaps the Gap, published with Eerdmans in 2008. She is presently writing on Hebrews and on the Sermon on the Mount.

The Very Rev. Steven A. Peay, PhD, FBS

The Very Rev. Steven A. Peay, PhD, FBS

Fr. Peay is currently Interim Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee and Associate Dean of All Saints’ Cathedral, Milwaukee. Steven joined the Cathedral staff in 2018 after serving as Professor of Homiletics and Church History and Dean-President at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. A Church historian, with a specialization in the history of preaching and the American Church, his work at All Saints’ focuses on spiritual formation. He remains Research Professor of Homiletics and Dean-President Emeritus of the Seminary.

Fr. Peay’s undergraduate study of Church history led him toward Benedictine monastic life at St. Vincent Archabbey at Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1977. After his first profession of vows he studied for the priesthood. He was ordained deacon in 1981 and priest in 1982.

He was assistant professor of homiletics and historical theology at St. Vincent’s. During his tenure at the seminary he also served as academic dean for five years. Leaving monastic life in 1994, he devoted himself to parish work for the next 15 years in Congregational churches in Wisconsin, while continuing to research, write, and teach in various venues.

Fr. Peay came to Nashotah House as adjunct professor of Church history in 2008 and was elected to the faculty in 2010. His orders were received in August 2010, and he is a priest of the Diocese of Albany. In 2014, he was made Dean-President. During his tenure as dean and president, Peay worked closely with the corporate leadership of Nashotah on a new institutional governance structure. He also led a successful effort to preserve the seminary’s accreditation, and laid the foundation for the next evaluation by the Association of Theological Schools. Fr. Peay raised more than $7 million for the seminary’s endowment, the largest fundraising effort in the history of Nashotah, and moved the institution closer to its goal of ensuring long-term financial viability.

He is married to Julie and has two adult stepsons. All things historical interest him, especially academic dress (he is a fellow of the Burgon Society, which studies academic dress), liturgics, and music. He enjoys a good meal, especially if he’s had a hand in it.