The Nashotah House Theological Seminary Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the election of The Reverend Doctor Steven Peay as the 20th Dean and President of Nashotah House Theological Seminary succeeding The Right Reverend Edward L. Salmon, Jr.
The Dean and President Search Committee reported to the Board of Trustees a unanimous recommendation for Father Peay’s appointment as Dean and President during their regularly scheduled meeting on October 23rd. The Board of Trustees enthusiastically approved Father Peay’s election.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Right Reverend Daniel Martins, expresses his strong support for Father Peay’s election:
I am completely delighted with the election of Father Peay to be our next Dean and President. He has already shown himself to be an effective leader, pastor, and scholar while a member of the Nashotah House faculty. He is intimately familiar with our operations and will be able to hit the ground running in a seamless transition from the ministry of Bishop Edward Salmon.
Archbishop Robert Duncan, a member of the Dean and President Search Committee and Board of Trustees, reflects on Father Peay’s election saying:
There is no question in my mind that Father Peay is uniquely qualified to lead Nashotah House at this critical time. Now more than ever the House’s rootedness in the person and work of Jesus Christ is needed. Under Father Peay’s leadership the House will continue to bless, I believe, the whole Church.
Father Peay’s undergraduate study of Church History led him toward monastic life, which he entered at Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, PA) in 1977. Following his first profession of vows he studied for the priesthood and after final vows was ordained deacon in 1981 and as priest in 1982. The studies he began in college and pursued in seminary continued following ordination. He returned to Saint Vincent to teach as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Historical Theology. During his tenure at the seminary he also served as Academinc Dean for five years. Leaving monastic life in 1994, he devoted himself to parish work for the next fifteen years in Congregational churches in Wisconsin, while continuing to research, write, and teach in various venues. Father 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 now a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany.
Father Peay was married to his wife Julie in 1996 and is the proud stepfather of Jeremy and Matthew.
About Nashotah House
As an heir of the Oxford Movement and inspired by Jackson Kemper, the First Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Nashotah House exists to form persons for ministry in the breadth of the Catholic Tradition, for the Episcopal Church, the wider Anglican Communion, and our Ecumenical Partners, thus continuing to serve our historic role as “The Mission”, empowering the Church for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.