I have been married to Lesley for almost 50 years now. We have three adult sons, all of whom are married, and five grandchildren. I am still teaching on a part-time basis at Moore Theological College in Sydney, writing new books, and participating in an introductory course on preaching called Cornhill Sydney.

From 1996 to 2007, I was the Principal of Oak Hill Theological College, London, where I lectured in Biblical Studies and Worship. In 2004 I became a visiting professor at Middlesex University, which is the validating university for Oak Hill’s degrees.

I have an M.A. from the University of Sydney, a B.D. from the University of London, and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester.

I am an ordained minister of the Anglican Church of Australia, and have served in churches in the dioceses of Sydney, Chester, and London. I continue to enjoy teaching opportunities in many countries around the world.

12 Replies to “About”

  1. I am very much confused about the categories placed on the writings of Luke (Luke and Acts) taking or debating on Acts as history or theology and even the fact of the genre of acts. What is this all about? Is Acts not one of the inspired books of the bible? Why all these genre, history and theology debate by scholars?

    1. God spoke through human authors, who used different literary styles, with different characteristics. The more we understand these, the more clearly we will be able to see why and how the books were written and understand their messages better.

  2. Dr. Peterson:
    Have thoroughly enjoyed studying and teaching from your Acts commentary. I have found it without equal.
    I especially enjoyed the discussion of Julia Drusilla, wife of Felix in Acts 24.

    I noted, on the Internet, a recent find of a house/restaurant in the ruins of Pompeii. It was named ‘the house of Julia Felix’. Think perhaps
    this was Drusilla’s end of life endeavor?

    God bless you, sir.

    1. Thanks for your positive comment about the Acts commentary Jerry. Of course it is possible that Julia Drusilla became known as JuLia Felix and ended up in Pompei. It would be even more interesting to know whether she ever took serious note of what Paul said to her and Felix about Jesus and the gospel!

  3. Hey David!

    My name is Chris Lawson and I run a media organization called Everyday Exiles. At EE we have a podcast network and I would love to interview you on one of our platforms if you are available! Our tribe has really enjoyed your work, Possessed by God, and we would love to have you on one of our podcast to discuss! Can we make it happen?!

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  4. Dear Professor Peterson! I am writing my DMin thesis on “Preparation for worship service” (well, in short :)). In Carson’s “Worship by the book” (2002) he quotes your Article “Worship in the New Testament”, page 65 in his book “Worship: Adoration and Acton” on page 84. The quote is: “Those who are concerned about God-honouring worship will be preoccupied with bringing people to Christ.” However, I cannot find this sentence in your article. Would you be so kind to help pointing me in the right direction) Thank you! Markus

    1. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your request Markus. I think that quote broadly summarizes what I say more fully in Engaging with God (towards the end of chapters 8 and 9) and in Encountering God Together. But I’m sorry I cannot direct you precisely to the right spot.

  5. Dr. Peterson, I am presently sharing the task of preaching through Acts with my Associate Pastor. I cannot say enough about your commentary. I just read carefully text and notes on Stephen (6.8 – 7.60). So rich, so penetrating so full of the glory of God. I did a SS class a few years back on The Book of Revelation, using many excellent commentaries, but but depending on Beale (naturally) for incredible in-depth analysis of John’s use of the OT. I came to admire John in a whole new way because of it. I have come to a similar admiration of Stephen because of your wonderful insights, showing almost word-for-word how Stephen carefully set forth his indictment and proclamation of the glory of Christ. I’m really weak-kneed after studying the Stephen account. Just wanted to express my gratitude for what I know is a lifetime of study, meditation and synthesizing Biblical theology. God is greatly enriching me through your teaching. Thank you and praise our glorious, risen Lord Jesus Christ whom we are allowed to proclaim to the glory of God!

  6. Hello Dr Peterson
    I was reading Sandy Grant’s interview with you in which your book Transformed by God was discussed. I can’t find a source for the book anywhere. Do you know of one, or do you have copies available to sell? Thanks for your help

    1. David, this book was published by IVP UK in 2012 and then by IVP Academic in the USA. It should still be available through the former at least. If you don’t have any success in getting a copy through these publishers, I have a spare copy that I could make available to you.

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