The Board of Trustees of The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) called the Rev. Dr. Ronald Edward Peters as its eighth President. He assumed his new appointment September 1, 2010.
Dr. Peters was the Henry L. Hillman Associate Professor of Urban Ministry and the first Director of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's Metro-Urban Institute, an interdisciplinary program of religious leadership development for urban society.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Peters received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), the Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Hamilton, Massachusetts), and his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Rev. Dr. Peters joined the Pittsburgh Seminary faculty after serving as founding pastor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Church (Presbyterian) in Springfield, Massachusetts for 14 years and New Covenant Presbyterian Church of Miami, Florida for 4 years. He is an internationally respected preacher, author, and advisor on social witness policy and urban theological education.
Dr. Peters is married to Mary Smith Peters and they have two adult children.
Unless we are careful, it is easy to miss or dismiss what I call The Uriah Factor. By way of defining what I mean by The Uriah Factor, let me review the context from which it emerges in scripture: in the well-known Biblical tale of David and Bathsheba.
Because of human nature's popular fascination with the trappings of wealth, privilege, and power, whenever the biblical story of David and Bathsheba is read or discussed, most attention is quickly drawn to the Hollywood-style glamour or soap opera intrigue that surrounds the salacious, the unfettered license, and the corruption in high places that adorns this tragedy. Yet, in so doing, we miss one of the most important aspects of this rather sad tale: the significance and the importance of the man Uriah.Read full transcript...