Peter Strimer, Assisting Priest

The Reverend Dr. Peter Strimer is joining our pastoral team quarter-time beginning in July until Thanksgiving. He is the retired rector of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Seattle, where he experienced all the challenges and joys of a 350-household parish with a vibrant children and youth ministry as well as a Center for Healing, Community, and Lifelong Learning.

Following his Masters of Divinity program at Berkeley College at Yale University, Peter’s ministry began as Associate Rector of Trinity, Columbus, Ohio where he served as the outreach and youth pastor. He then ran the Hunger Network in Ohio while completing the course work for a PhD in Communication.

In 1988 Peter helped found the Third Ave. Community Church, a new church start that used principles of Liberation Theology to launch a congregation committed to social justice. In his last years in Ohio, he was also vicar of St. John’s, Columbus, before receiving a call to be the Canon Missioner at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, in 1995.

After eight years at St. Mark’s, Peter moved to the Bishop of Olympia’s office as Missioner for Communication Ministry.

In 2006 he returned to parish work after being elected rector of St. Andrew’s. He is excited about the opportunity to bring his experience and passion for ministry to Epiphany this summer and fall.