Ted  Peters

Ted Peters, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor of Systematic Theology

(510) 559-2734
PLTS Sawyer Hall, Second Floor

I define “The Gospel” as telling the story of Jesus with its significance. Our task in this third millennium is to tell this story in such a way that the people of our emerging post-modern culture will perceive its significance for them.

Brief Professional History

  • PLTS, 1978–
  • Associate Professor, Loyola University
  • Assistant Professor, Newberry College
  • Pastorates in Illinois and New York

Select Special Service

  • Core Doctoral Faculty
  • Convener for Systematic and Philosophical Theology
  • Appointments and Review Committee
  • Research Professor at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
  • 2009 Martin E. Marty Professor of Religion and the Academy, St. Olaf College
  • Member ELCA Task Force on Genetics for 2011 Churchwide Assembly
  • Speaker at the 2007 ELCA Convocation of Teaching Theologians
  • Recipient of the Fredrik Schiotz Distinguished Presidential Fellowship, 1984
  • Member of the Scientific and Medical Accountability Standards Working Group of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Consultant and research presenter for the Islamic Organization of Medical Sciences
  • DHL, Wittenberg University (USA) and Lund University (Sweden)
  • MA and PhD, University of Chicago
  • MDiv, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
  • BA, Michigan State University

Books Authored/Co-Authored:



  • Program Director, CTNS Science and Religion Course Project, 1998–2002. John Templeton Foundation ($16,600,000)
  • Project Director, CTNS-Templeton Foundation University Lectures, 1995–1999; series one and two ($375,000)
  • Principal Investigator, “Theological Questions Raised by Human Genome Initiative,” National Institutes of Health grant HG00487, at CTNS, 1991–1995 ($450,000).
  • Research, “Religion, Culture and Family Project,” University of Chicago. Lilly institutional grant, at PLTS 1993–1994 ($30,000).