Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Rev Craig Phillips
The Reverend Craig A. Phillips, Ph.D.

Craig A. Phillips, our rector, was ordained in 1980. He came to St. Peter’s in October 2002. Craig graduated from Brown University with majors in Religious Studies and Classics. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1979. The following year he worked as a Chaplain Intern at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City, where he received advanced standing in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. From 1980 to 1984 Craig served in the Diocese of Oklahoma as the Vicar of Trinity, Eufaula and St. Lawrence Episcopal churches, Muskogee. From 1984 to 1986, Craig was the Associate Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Ladue, in the Diocese of Missouri. In the fall of 1986, Craig began doctoral work in Theology and Ethics at Duke University, and in December 1993 he received his Ph.D. While he was working on his doctorate, Craig served as the Interim Rector of St. Titus Episcopal Church, Durham; Church of the Nativity, Raleigh; St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Pittsboro; Interim Assistant at Church of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh; and Interim Episcopal Chaplain at North Carolina State University. During this time he also taught for three semesters at Duke University and for two semesters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1994 to 1997 Craig worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Temple University, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. In 1997 Craig became the rector of Incarnation Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Craig and his wife, Marguerite, have two sons, one of whom is married. Craig is active in Diocesan activities, serving as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Examining Chaplains and also on the Commission on Ministry, the Race Relations Committee,  the Triangle of Hope Committee, and as a former Dean of Region 3. He teaches in the Evening School of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary and as an adjunct in the Theology Department at Georgetown University. He also currently serves on the Bioethics Committee of Virginia Hospital Center and as the Secretary of the Alumni/ae Council of Harvard Divinity School.  Recent examples and highlights of Craig’s scholarly works and sermons can be found here.