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Greg Peters is a Professor of Medieval and Spiritual Theology in the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University in La Mirada, CA, USA and also the Servants of Christ Research Professor of Monastic Studies and Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, WI, USA. He is an Anglican Priest who serves as the Rector the Anglican Church of the Epiphany (also in La Mirada, CA) and is married with two sons. As a scholar of Christian monasticism Greg organizes the annual James Lloyd Breck Conference on Monasticism and the Church at Nashotah House Theological Seminary and is on the organizing committee for the 2020 quadrennial Monastic Symposium, sponsored by the Monastic Institute in Rome.

Greg completed his PhD in 2003 from St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, writing on the twelfth-century Byzantine spiritual theologian Peter of Damascus under the direction of T. Allan Smith. A revision of his thesis was published in 2011 as Peter of Damascus: Byzantine Monk and Spiritual Theologian by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. In 2017 he earned the pontifical Dottorato in Studi Monastici (Doctorate in Monastic Studies) from the Pontificio Ateneo di Sant’Anselmo in Rome. His thesis, 'The Monkhood of All Believer’s: A Theology of Monasticism' was moderated by the Von Hügel Institute’s Prof. Luigi Gioia. He also holds a M.A. in Theology from St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, MN, USA.


Greg is working on a monograph which examines the thought of Thomas à Kempis and how his Imitation of Christ borrows heavily from the medieval monastic tradition. He is also conducting archival research of Anglican monastic orders at Pusey House, Oxford.


Key publications: 
  • Co-Editor (with Matt Jenson), Distinguishing the Church: Explorations in Word, Sacrament and Discipline, Pickwick Publications, 2019.
  • The Monkhood of All Believers: The Monastic Foundation of Christian Spirituality, Baker Academic, 2018.
  • 'Medieval Ressourcement' in John Coe and Kyle Strobel (eds), Embracing Contemplation: Reclaiming a Christian Spiritual Practice, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2018, 56-73.
  • A Call for Evangelical Monasticism, Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 10.2, 2017: 248-264.
  • Co-Editor (with Matt Jenson), Marking the Church: Essays in Ecclesiology, Pickwick Publications, 2016.
  • Co-Editor (with C. Colt Anderson), Priesthood and Holy Orders in the Middle Ages, Leiden: Brill, 2016.
  • A 'pretensed and counterfeit holiness' or Sowers of 'spiritual things'?: John Jewel and Thomas Harding on Monasticism, Downside Review 134. 1-2, 2016: 11-24.
  • The Journey of Our Life: Dante as a Spiritual Theologian of Grace, Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 9, 2016: 98-117.
  • The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015.
  • Reforming the Monastery: Protestant Theologies of Religious Life, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014.


Research Associate
Visiting Scholar 2019-2020
Professor of Medieval and Spiritual Theology, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University, CA
Servants of Christ Research Professor of Monastic Studies and Ascetical Theology, Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Nashotah, WI

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