The Revd. Dr. Peter French was ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese of Wangaratta in 1999 and served as Curate at St. John’s, Wodonga, as Assistant Priest at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta, and then as Chaplain at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne. In 2006 Peter moved with his wife Robyn to Chicago, USA, for Robyn to undertake doctoral studies at the University of Chicago. Joining the Episcopal Church, Peter served as Interim Rector of Messiah-St. Bartholomew, an African-American congregation on the city’s south side, and then as Associate Rector of Grace Church, Hinsdale, a 700-member church in the city’s west.
From 2008 Peter served as Chaplain of the Episcopal Church at Princeton University, one of the oldest and largest Episcopal chaplaincies in the United States. At Princeton University he taught as the Co-Director of The Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations and was Founding Director of Princeton University’s Christian-Muslim Dialogue.
Peter trained for the priesthood at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne and received his Bachelor of Theology in biblical studies from The Melbourne College of Divinity. He completed his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy at The University of Melbourne in history and art history respectively. Peter enjoys windsurfing, modern and contemporary art, tennis, excellent food and wine, travelling and the company of many friends and family. Peter is married to Robyn Whitaker, a New Testament scholar and Uniting Church minister, who currently lectures at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.