About Us

Two centuries in Columbia. Hundreds of faith seekers. One St. Peter’s.

St. Peter’s exists to love Christ, serve others, and enrich our community. We are a congregation of sinners bound by the unfailing love of Christ. We seek to serve the hurting, love our neighbors, and spread the Gospel through community service and faithful worship.

At St. Peter’s, you’ll find:

Active friendship

We’re a very active parish, and we love being together. Gatherings and parties are a big part of who we are – there’s always something going on at St. Peter’s, and you’re invited! With activities, groups, events, and more all week long, we have something for everyone.

A grace-centered atmosphere

St. Peter’s is a place in which all are loved and none are judged. The people of St. Peter’s come from every kind of background and entertain every kind of perspective, all while being connected in the love of the living Christ and His worship at the Altar.

Historic worship

St. Peter’s is built on Biblical theology; we are a liturgical church, which means our worship follows a structure rooted in centuries of living tradition.  If parts of the service seem mystifying, that’s okay! We’ll be delighted to show you what we do in the same way that someone once showed us.

Curious about our message?

We invite you to listen to the latest sermon, download past recordings, livestream with us, and more.

Find your place at St. Peter’s

We encourage our members and visitors to get involved in Parish Life as much or as little as they’d like. No matter your age, background, or faith journey, we have something for everyone!

Questions?
We’re an open book.

Check out our FAQ page for info on Episcopal traditions, our worship experience, and more – even common details like parking.

The Reverend Christopher Bowhay

Rector

Chris Bowhay began his service at St. Peter’s in April of 2015. He was ordained in Washington, D.C. in 1992, married to Sally in San Francisco in 1997 and, with their daughter Augusta, cheerfully followed Our Lord’s call to Houston in 2000 and then Nashville in 2012. He loves to experience and then share connections between old books he reads, new movies he watches, music of all kinds, and the love of God. He secretly wishes he could be a chef, write scripts for scary movies, or design and make fireworks – anything that delights and brings people together.

Want to chat in person?

Please feel free to call or email me directly. I’d be truly delighted to speak or meet with you. – Rev. Bowhay

Our Leadership Team

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Rev. Bonnie Lloyd-Downs

Deacon

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Rev. Ted Edwards

Priest Associate

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Glenn Perry

Organist

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Peter Douglas

Choir Director and Organist

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Anne Ciccoline

Director of Administration

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Jeany Glowacki

Front Desk

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Carroll Kilgore

Financial Secretary

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Jane Rodriguez-Keeton

Director of Children and Youth

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Kristin Wrather

Director of Communications

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Lynn June

Nursery Director

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Randolph Lockridge

Sexton

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Peter Moon

Director of Audio/Video

Our Vestry

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John Finney

Senior Warden
2022-2024

Jennifer Ballard

Jennifer Ballard

Junior Warden
2022-2024

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Sarah Robert

Clerk
2023-2025

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Dave Glowacki

2022-2024

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Peggy Harmon

2022-2024

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Lucia Vining

2023-2025

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Wilks Halliday

2023-2025

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Ken Vickers

2023-2024

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Becky Clayborne

2023-2025

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Larry Trotter

2023-2025

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Kevin Benderman

2024-2026

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Chip Wallace

2024-2026

Ryan Fowler

Ryan Fowler

2024-2026

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Mark Keeton

2024-2026

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Madeline McWhorter

2024-2026

Our History

The current St. Peter’s building was built in 1860 and was the second Episcopal Church established in Tennessee, being formally organized on June 16, 1828, one year before the Diocese itself was formed. This is the congregation’s second church building; the first was located about 1 1⁄2 blocks east of North Garden Street and stood from 1831 to 1861. 

St. Peter’s is the oldest church building in Columbia, Tennessee. Since June 1861 it has been in continuous use by this parish for worship services, except for eighteen months beginning in December 1863, when it was ordered closed and used by the troops of the Provost Marshall of the Union Army, General Negley. During this occupation about $2,000 damage was done to the church, and the organ was totally destroyed.

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