Fr. John A. Peck
Phoenix, AZ USA
Phone: (928) 910-2186
DMin Veritas Theological Seminary
Thesis Project: Successful Pedagogy in Biblical Studies
BTh St. Herman Orthodox Theological Seminary
Major: Orthodox Theology
BA Michigan State University
Minor: Organic Chemistry, Psychology
Best Domestic Website: EC Media Awards, 2011
Featured Preacher: Sermon Central, Sermoncentral.com, 2011
Featured Speaker: Orthodox Speakers Bureau, 2010
Preachers Institute Ministry Collection, published by Logos Bible Software, 2015
Permaculture Design Certification, Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Research Institute, 2015
Amazon #1 Best Selling Ebook, Reading the Bible the Orthodox Way, 2014.
Taylor Scholarship award for continuing study in Byzantine Homiletics, 2011
Homiletics Evaluator, Academy of Preachers, 2011, 2012
Creator: First Orthodox Christian online Homiletics Resource and Repository, 2009
Award: Farah Foundation Grant for internet broadcasting, 2005
Award: Ganister Foundation Grant for internet broadcasting, 2004
Creator: First 24 Hour Online Orthodox Internet Radio Network: Incarnation Broadcast Network, 2002
Author & Commentator for Orthodox Study Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers
Creator: World’s First Orthodox Seminary Website: St. Herman Seminary, 1995
Fr. John A. Peck, Dean of GreatMartyr Euphemia Orthodox Theological Academy, is the rector at All Saints of North America Orthodox Church, Sun City, AZ. Fr. John was born and grew up in Detroit, Michigan, the oldest of four children. He grew up attending a Lutheran Church, where a love for God and for Scripture was well instilled. Moving to a suburb before high school, he worked from the age of 12 at various jobs through adulthood.
Attending Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan afforded him the chance to meet Deborah Robertson. A month after they met, he proposed, and they spent the next 3 1/2 years finishing school. There he started a service group called A.R.M. (Actions Reflect Morals) which provided labor for other local charities, helping the poor in various capacities from moving entire households of single moms to caulking windows in the middle of winter to weatherize poor homes – it was a busy time for those involved.
Getting married in 1984, they continued schooling, while starting a family. From stuffing envelopes, factory work, to midnight cashier, to Food Science labs where he made synthetic cow manure (he really did this), Fr. John continued working several jobs as necessary while applying to theological seminaries. While he was always accepted, he could never raise a dime of financial aid.
They converted to Orthodoxy in 1992 at St. Andrew Orthodox Church (MP) in East Lansing, MI.
After 13 long years of work, study, and prayer, in 1994, he decided that he would apply to go to seminary one last time, this time Orthodox seminaries, and if it was again impossible to go, he would accept the verdict of heaven in the matter. He was accepted at every Orthodox seminary he applied to, but was told that without about $20,000 in the bank, it would be a waste of time to try. Finally, he heard back from St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska. With married housing available (eventually), they sold everything they owned and bought plane tickets, bearing their three children, Nathan (10), Benjamin (5), and 4 month old Joseph to the Seminary.
During his second year of study, Fr. John was told to not only teach several classes at the seminary, but also to begin administrating the seminary, and keep the lights on. By the end of the year, and with the addition of a second annual appeal, donations to the seminary tripled over the previous year. Once his three years were up and the program complete, he was ordained a deacon, and then a priest, and assigned to Fairbanks, then Anchorage, then Kodiak. In 1999 he requested a transfer to the Midwest to be closer to his dying father. Afterwards, he served missions and parishes in southern Illinois and Canton, Ohio.
His first work in new media was the Incarnation Broadcast Network, the first 24 hour Orthodox Christian internet radio broadcast in the world. He also established the first Orthodox seminary website in the world, and hosted the first Orthodox Media Guild gathering in Chicago in 2004, inviting Orthodox media ministries from around the country to plan how to use their new technologies to reach the unchurched.
Fr. John served as lecturer in Biblical Studies and Practical Liturgics for the Late Vocations programs of the OCA Diocese of the Midwest, and the Northeast Ohio Catechetical School for Theological Studies. He’s also been a Featured Homilist at Sermon Central.com, and a national partner and evaluator for the Academy of Preachers.
After his assignment in Ohio, Fr. John took over as Executive Director of the Helen Foundation Clinics, a medical non-profit headquartered in Mesa, Arizona. From this he became known to the local clergy, and eventually was asked to assume the leadership of the small mission in Prescott, Arizona. Within three years, St. George Church in Prescott experienced profound growth and bought the entire complex (Church, offices, House, courtyard, and parking area) of which they were renting only the small Church. Within a quarter mile of the historic downtown Prescott square, St. George began to become more than an old church people walked past. Soon, it became a common sight for Fr. John to appear on local television offering the invocation for the Prescott City Council. He was asked to teach Latin at the local college prep high school, and from there to the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Upward Bound summer program.
His work experience includes over 30 years of graphic design work, and decades of non-profit administration. He contributed a number of articles for the Orthodox Study Bible and commentary on the Old Testament books of Hosea, Song of Songs, and III Maccabees (perhaps the first Orthodox commentary for this book in existence).
Fr. John published some ebooks, and unexpectedly became an Amazon #1 best selling author. He has written articles for Orthodoxytoday.org, the American Orthodox Institute, The Handmaiden magazine, the Interior Strength blog, the St. Katherine College website, and others. He’s been an occasional writer for Charles Staley’s Staley Training Systems website, and has been featured on the Functional Hand Strength, Theory To Practice, and The Masculine Heart websites.
Currently, Fr. John and Presvytera Deborah remain very happily married with three sons and a growing number of grandchildren, and live in Phoenix, AZ.
Publications, Contributions, Presentations & Articles
The Epidemic of our Era – The Psychosomatic Effects of a Modern Day Plague, Orthodox Bioethics Conference, Felton, CA 2018
The Family in Crisis: Survival Strategies that Work, 2nd Annual Spiritual Retreat. Sun City, AZ, Oct. 2017
Abstinence and the Blessing of Children in a Pro-Abortion Society, Orthodox Bioethics Conference, Felton, CA 2017
Preaching at the Funeral of Someone You Don’t Know, Preachers Institute, 2017
The Fathers of the Orthodox Church on Abortion, Preachers Institute, 2017
Eucharistic Bread: Leavened or Unleavened?, Preachers Institute, 2017
Discerning Your Vocation in the Orthodox Church, Good Guys Wear Black, 2016
Learning the Old Testament the Orthodox Way, Preachers Institute, 2015
Reading the Bible the Orthodox Way, 2000 years without Confusion or Anxiety; Preachers Institute, 2014
Interpreting the Bible the Orthodox Way, Preachers Institute, 2014
Rejecting RAPTUREMANIA – An Orthodox Look at a Dubious Doctrine, with Fr. Barnabas Powell, 2014
Mission Accomplishments: Objectives and Vision: A Retreat for St. Anthony Church, Bozeman, MT
Marriage: Mystery & Meaning: A presentation for the Illumination Learning 2012 Webinar.
Orthodox Christian Parenting: A Workshop for Parents: St. Joseph Orthodox Church and Ancient Faith Radio
Orthodox Christianity & Higher Education: St. Katherine College, St. Katherine College website
Orthodox Classical Education, Northeast Ohio Association of Orthodox Christian Schools
Basic Biblical Education For Orthodox Youth, Illumination Learning Webinar, 2011
Review: The Art of Speaking Workshop: The Presbyter (APC Publication, GOA)
Orthodox Worship: In Heaven and On Earth, Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black Seminar, Redford, MI, 2007
The Orthodox Church of Tomorrow: American Orthodox Institute
Orthodox Christian Responsibility in the Public Arena: Orthodoxy Today
Orthodox Parish Renewal: Handmaiden magazine, Conciliar Press
Orthodox Study Bible: Old Testament – commentary for books of Hosea, Song of Songs, III Maccabees; and several OSB articles. Conciliar Press and Thomas Nelson Publishers
The Orthodox Guide to Pastoral Blogging: Preachers Institute
Festal Homilaria: Sermons by the Fathers on the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Faith: Interiorstrength Press
Acolytes Handbook: Interiorstrength Press
The Place For Preaching: A Short, Illustrated History of the Ambo, the Pulpit and the Lectern: Preachers Institute
Called To Serve – A Basic Bible Survey for Orthodox Christians: Student and Leader Manuals: Interiorstrength Press
Bible Drill (Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant versions), Bible Divas, S.W.A.T. Team, and Bible Drill Officers manuals for children’s education programs: Interiorstrength Press
DIVINE LITURGY – A Student Study Text: St. Herman Seminary Press (1994) & InteriorStrength Press (2000)