Our rector Bill comes to us through an unanticipated pathway. He is a servant leader nurtured and ordained in the Lutheran tradition and most recently served Faith Lutheran Church in East Hartford, CT. The Spirit works in marvelous ways.
With the passage of the “Called to Common Mission” agreement by both the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Episcopalians and Lutherans entered into full communion and agreed that clergy ordained in one tradition could be called and serve as fully authorized rectors and pastors in the other tradition. Bishop Hazelwood of the New England Synod of the ELCA and Bishop Hirschfeld and Canon Hannah Anderson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire supported Bill’s candidacy to be Rector at All Saints.
Bill serves All Saints as leader and facilitator of our shared ministry in the Lakes Region as an active Episcopal parish.
Bill and his wife Kay have deep roots in New Hampshire. The bulk of his professional career prior to entering the ministry was in New Hampshire. Bill graduated from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia Seminary in 2010. While at the Seminary, he received the Atonement Preaching Award, among other achievements. His involvement and leadership in the church goes back to his youth. His roles as a lay person included teaching confirmation, leading a capital campaign, being a member of a building committee, and serving as president of a church council (Lutheran version of the vestry). He also served as Dean of the Greater Hartford Conference of the New England Synod.
Bill’s first career was in the hospitality industry. He worked in both food service and hotel management and then became an educator. He taught at Southern New Hampshire University and was Dean of the School of Hospitality from 2001 to 2006. While working in New Hampshire, Bill provided service in a number of volunteer capacities, including member of the Chamber of Commerce Regional Marketing Task Force and Tourism Committee, board member of the New Hampshire Philharmonic, chairperson of the State of New Hampshire Advisory Council on Travel and Tourism (a Governor and Executive Council appointment), and board member of the Southern New Hampshire Convention & Visitors Bureau.
A co-founder of Granite State Ambassadors, Inc., Bill is currently Chair Emeritus. This organization has been widely recognized for recruiting and training volunteers to provide information to guests who work, live and visit New Hampshire. It has generated $4 million of value via 187,000 hours of volunteer service. In 2003, Bill was the recipient of the Yankee Magazine Barn Raiser Award for Community Service and Leadership.
Bill and Kay are soul mates. Kay is currently the benefits manager of a non-profit organization in Concord, New Hampshire. She has also made a significant commitment to the church. She has been a Sunday school teacher and chaired a pastoral search committee. For the past 15 years, she has served on the New England Synod’s Candidacy Committee. The Candidacy Committee provides guidance to candidates for the ministry who are in seminary and ultimately recommends candidates to the Bishop for ordination.
Bill began his tenure as rector of All Saints on August 1, 2014. The Vestry and Search Committee feel that All Saints is blessed to have received Bill Petersen as our current rector. Lee White, Senior Warden when Bill came to All Saints stated, "We are excited about the future for All Saints—building on our strong tradition of faith and practice that has been established under the leadership of past rectors. We look forward to the bold and exciting new ways that All Saints will further the kingdom of God on earth through the leadership of Rev. Bill Petersen."
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