Dr. Peter Leithart


Serves as Senior Fellow

  • B.A. from Hillsdale College in English and History
  • M.A. from Westminster Theological Seminary
  • M.T. from Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge

Peter is the President of Theopolis Institute, an organization founded in 2012 which seeks to train Christian leaders to study the Bible with imagination and creativity and to lead vibrant, world-transforming worship. Theopolis offers week-long intensive courses in Bible and liturgical theology, and will launch a year-long training program in the fall of 2016.

In addition to his service at Theopolis Institute, Peter is an adjunct senior fellow of theology at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. An ordained minister, he has served as pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho, and as pastor of Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He currently holds a post as teacher at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Peter is the author of thirty books, including most recently, Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor, 2014) and Traces of the Trinity (Baker, 2015). He has written biblical commentaries on 1 & 2 Samuel, 1& 2 Kings, 2 Peter, and the Johannine epistles as well as a book on typological hermeneutics entitled Deep Exegesis. He is currently at work on a commentary on Revelation.

In addition to biblical commentary, he has written guides to classic literature (ancient literature, Shakespeare, Dante) and biographies of Jane Austen and Dostoyevsky. His doctoral dissertation on baptism was published as The Priesthood of the Plebs, and he has written other books on sacramental theology, The Baptized Body and Blessed Are the Hungry.

Peter contributes occasionally to academic journals like Pro EcclesiaModern Theology, and the International Journal of Systematic Theology. He is a contributing editor to Touchstone Magazine and writes a regular column at Firstthings.com. He is on the editorial advisory board for First Things, and has been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, and the American Political Science Association. He and his wife Noel live in Birmingham and have ten children and seven grandchildren.