Paying it Forward – History, Academia, and Liturgy Combine to Create Habit of Faith: ‘Meet one of our professors, Fr. Peay.’


The Rev. Steven Peay says of Nashotah House, “The House is a delightful place for students of theology of all backgrounds….Anglican in character, Episcopal in affiliation, Benedictine in ethos, but most importantly Christ-centered and committed to the orthodox, historic Christian faith. Come and see for yourself!”

History and historical perspectives have long fascinated Fr. Peay. His undergraduate study of Church History led him toward monastic life, which he entered at Saint Vincent Archabbey, the first Benedictine


abbey in the United States founded 1846, Latrobe, PA in 1977. Following his first profession of vows he studied for the priesthood and after final vows was ordained deacon in 1981 and priest in 1982. The studies he began in college and pursued in seminary continued following ordination. He returned to Saint Vincent to teach as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Historical Theology. During his tenure at the seminary he was also engaged in parish work that included one year as a pastor; retreats for clergy, religious and laity, and served as the seminary’s academic dean for five years.

Leaving monastic life in 1994, he then devoted himself to parish work for the next fifteen years in Congregational churches in Madison and Wauwatosa, WI, while continuing to research, write and teach in various venues. Fr. Peay came to Nashotah House as adjunct professor of Church History in 2008 and was elected to the faculty in 2010. His orders were received in August 2010 and he is now a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany.


With such a variety of tradition, Fr. Peay encourages the church to be in prayer for eachother and for the world, “Praying does shape believing and, perhaps, if we prayed together more we would fight a bit less.”


Father Peay’s research has largely focused on the American religious experience, its movements and ecclesial expressions. While his earlier research centered on the history of preaching, Peay has also worked on Puritanism and Congregationalism and is currently examining parallel movements for the recovery of the catholicity of the Church, i.e. Mercersburg and Oxford. His publications include editing four books, articles and reviews in The International Congregational Journal, The Catholic Historical Review, The Congregationalist, a reference article in The Encyclopedia of Protestantism and theological commentaries on the Triduum Psalmody in Feasting on the Word (year A).


Fr. Peay’s hobbies include reading, cooking, trying to help around the garden, and music –  particularly early to Baroque, English choral music, and jazz.   Fr. Peay was married to his wife Julie in 1996 and is the proud stepfather of Jeremy and Matthew.


Of Fr. Peay, the Rev. Gary B. Manning of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa, WI says,  “My friend, Steven Peay, embodies the spirit of faithfulness at Nashotah House. I am blessed to have a person of such faith in my life.”


Gaudete, indeed!




The Rev. Steven A. Peay, PhD

PhD, Saint Louis University; Historical Theology (1990)

MDiv, Saint Vincent Seminary (1984)
MA, University of Pittsburgh, Rhetoric and Communication (1983)
MA, St Vincent Seminary, Systematic Theology (1981)
BA, Greenville College, Church History (1977)


Prof. of Homiletics & Church History/Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs at Nashotah House








About nashotahhouse

Located in Nashotah, Wisconsin, Nashotah House Theological Seminary is the oldest institute of higher education in the state of Wisconsin. Founded in 1842 by a Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Nashotah House belongs to the Anglican tradition of worship, theology and spirituality. That is, Nashotah House traces her roots to the Church of England and locates herself within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Comprehending the fundamental disciplines of Holy Scripture, Theology, Church History, Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry, the curriculum at Nashotah House not only roots our students in the ancient wisdom of the Church, it prepares and empowers them to communicate the Gospel to the world today.