Ted Peters

  • Distinguished Research Professor of Systematic Theology
  • GTU Core Doctoral Faculty – Systematic and Philosophical Theology
  • Co-Editor, Theology and Science
  • Director, Institute for Theology and Ethics
  • (510) 559-2734

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.


BA, Michigan State University; MDiv, Trinity Lutheran Seminary; MA, University of Chicago; PhD, University of Chicago; DHL, Wittenberg University (USA) and Lund University (Sweden)

Brief Professional History

Assistant Professor, Newberry College; Associate Professor, Loyola University; pastorates in Illinois and New York. PLTS, 1978–

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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.

Research and Program Grants:

  • 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).

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