Peter W. Marty serves as senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, a 3500-member congregation in Davenport, Iowa. He is a frequent preacher and speaker at colleges, churches, and conferences across the country. Author of numerous articles on leadership, preaching, and parish renewal in America, Marty is also the author of The Anatomy of Grace (Augsburg Fortress, 2008). From 2004-2009, he served as host of the national radio broadcast, Grace Matters, speaking to more than a million listeners through the program’s weekly airing.
In 2010, the Academy of Parish Clergy named him “Parish Pastor of the Year,” an award recognizing leadership excellence and faithfulness in congregational development.
Peter has preached in some of America’s more notable pulpits including Washington National Cathedral, Duke Chapel, and Yale University. Since 2010, he has been the lead columnist for The Lutheran magazine.
Pastor Marty has served on various hospital, college, foundation, and community boards. Presently he chairs the board of The Christian Century magazine. Other writings of his include contributions to several multi-volume works on preaching, and chapters in different books on congregational life and theology. He has served as narrator for different faith broadcast documentaries on the Hallmark channel.
Marty is a one-time fellow of the Fund for Theological Education, and has served as a partner on pastoral leadership for the Fund. He has been a member of the Louisville Institute’s Pastor’s Working Group, and a past participant in the Duke Project for the Study of Ministry. In 2009, he was named the visiting Hoskins Fellow at Yale Divinity School.
Prior to his arrival in Davenport in 1996, he served an eight-year pastorate in Kansas City, Missouri and a two-year pastorate in River Forest, Illinois. He graduated with honors from both The Colorado College and Yale Divinity School. He was the 1979 recipient of an honors fellowship in history for study at Oxford University. Prior to studies at Yale, Marty lived in Cameroun, West Africa for one and a half years, serving as the director of construction for a mission outpost of the Lutheran Church.
Peter W. Marty has piloted interfaith dialogue events, been active in anti-hate group efforts, and served on different ecumenical ministry boards. In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he has served as chair of the Senior Pastors’ Conference. On the St. Paul church campus, he teaches an annual January-term course for seminarians preparing for the pastorate. He also leads a pastoral residency program funded, in part, by the Lilly Endowment Inc. This program, designed for fostering pastoral excellence, is the only such program in the country situated in a Lutheran Church setting.
He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from St. Ambrose University (Doctor of Humanities).
Peter is married to Susan and they have two adult children – Jacob and Rachel, who coincidentally both live in Boulder, CO. He enjoys wide travel, good music, tennis with the family, extensive reading, and the adventure of waking up to a new day every day.