The Scholar’s Corner – Biography of Jefferis Kent Peterson I

Jefferis Peterson


Biography for Jefferis Kent Peterson

Jeff Peterson was born in Washington, D. C. in 1954, and grew up that area. He became a Christian in November of 1973 while a sophomore at Connecticut College in New London, CT. He received a B. A. in Religion from that institution in 1977. While there, he met and married his wife, Leigh. And while she completed her studies at Connecticut and then received her Master Degree in Special Education from George Washington University in Washington, D. C., Jeff worked as a forklift operator in a lumber yard and then as a food stamp worker for Social Services in Alexandria, VA.
After receiving a call to the ministry, Jeff entered seminary in 1981, and graduated with a Master of Divinity, Magna Cum Laude, from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D. C. in 1984, winning the American Bible Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biblical Studies. From January 1985 until September 1989, he pastored Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, in Grove City, PA. He resigned as a minister in the Presbyterian Church(USA) in 1989 over disagreement with the Church’s pro-abortion position. Since then he was worked as an independent sales contractor for various industries while maintaining an active ministry at a local crisis pregnancy center. He is a regular contributing writer for various publications around the country. He occassionally appears on television and radio as a guest in the Atlanta and Pittsburgh over the counter areas. In 1993, he became a teacher with The Center for Biblical Literacy in Atlanta. And in 1994 he was ordained as a Scholastic Fellow with that organization. He was a publisher and editor of their e-journal, O Theophilus, which is available through the Internet and on various commercial computer services such as CompuServe and America On Line. In April of 1995, Jeff and Leigh planted a mission church called Living Word of Butler, in Butler County, PA. The outreach to an impoverished community lasted until the beginning of 1999, when, after leading over 26 children to the Lord, the doors of opportunity began to close.

Jeff now does web design and internet marketing and is an artist.


Web Marketing, Design and Site Management, 1992 to Present

O Theophilus, E-Journal of The Center for Biblical Literacy, Atlanta Georgia
Editor & Publisher, 1993-97

The Center for Biblical Literacy
President 1998, Teacher, Public Speaker

Vice-President, Antioch International Ministries,

Board of Directors: Slippery Rock Crisis Pregnancy Support Center

Sales/Service Representative, 1990 to 1992

Ebenezer Presbyterian Church
Pastor, 1985 to 1989

Alexandria Department of Social Services
Eligibility Worker, Food Stamps, 1979 to 1981


M.Div., Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., 1984
Magna Cum Laude

First in class, M.Div. program
American Bible Society Award: Outstanding Achievement in Biblical Studies

B.A., Connecticut College, 1977
Major: Religious Studies
Secondary Coursework in Music
Dean’s List
Department of Religion Advisory Committee

Regular Contriubtor: OTheophilus, Pennsylvania Reporter, Keystone Unity Press, Love Express ’86, Electronic Musician, (Feb. 1989); Presbyterian Reformed and Renewal News, (Mar. 1990; July, Sept., & Nov. 1988); Washington Apple Pi, (Jan. 1988, Oct. 1985); and various newspapers and magazines.

Married, 3 Married Children, 5 Grandchildren


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