Pastor Terri Peterson

Pastor Terri Peterson

Pastor Terri Petterson • Vibrant People of Elkhart County


When she smiles, she shines. When she preaches, you sense the joy she experiences. Pastor Terri Peterson is grateful to be at the Episcopal Church of St. John in downtown Elkhart. “I love that the church is committed to the community it is located in,” she says.

For Pastor Terri, community is very important. It is a word she uses often, but she does so with meaning. When Pastor Terri talks about community building or community service, she is not talking in generalities. She is thinking about where St. John’s is located and the apartments and houses and small businesses that make up the neighborhood. She is also mindful of those who live and work there.

The members of her congregation say Pastor Terri is a true shepherd. They will tell you she finds ways to help many of those who have problems and issues. They add she does not quit until she has done what she set out to do.

Pastor Terri says she enjoys working with people of all ages, from the newly born to centenarians. With her congregation, she gets to teach, hold fellowship events and volunteer at the food pantry. She does enjoy preaching and this is a time of year when people might seem to be a little more receptive.

Pastor Teri was born and raised in Clarkston, Michigan, northwest of Detroit. Her husband, Rev. Dr. Brian Peterson was raised around here. They have been married for 23 years and have three children.

Sci-fi, mysteries and books about theology feed Pastor Terri’s reading habit. Scrapbooking is a creative outlet. Taking walks is the way she gets both physically and mentally recharged.

Each year, the family goes to Michigan’s UP for a week. There, they hike around the waterfalls. The scenery is gorgeous. The air is fresh and clean. It is good for the soul. Surely it makes Pastor Terri smile.