'Father Peter' comes 'home' to Anglican churches

Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2012, 9:10 am
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By Claudia Loucks, cjloucks@qconline.com
GENESEO -- Morning stars, day stars and Anglican stars have guided the Rev. Peter R. Vaughn.

The Anglican Church in North America ordained Rev. Vaughn on May 21, 2012, after an earlier 36-year career as aPresbyterian pastor.

Rev. Vaughn, or "Father Peter," as he prefers to be called, now serves as vicar at St. Mark's Anglican Church, Silvis, and Holy Trinity Church in Geneseo, where he is responsible for all aspects of the life and ministry of these two congregations.

His journey from the Presbyterian Church in America to the Anglican Church began when Rev. Vaughn and his wife, Linda, moved to the Quad-Cities in 2009.

Rev. Vaughn served asheadmaster of Morning Star Academy, a classical Christian school in Bettendorf. His family couldn't find a local church belonging to his specific Presbyterian Church in America denomination, so they began attending Christ Anglican Church, Moline, where he taught Sunday school, adult education and filled the pulpit at times.

He retired from his Morning Star post when he reachedage 65.

''I was retired and was told there was work to be done in the church," he said. "I feel like I've come home. I feel more congenial with and connected to the Ethos (culture) of the Anglo-Catholic Church."

As he looks to the future, he said "at some point in time, I can imagine teaching at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya I have visited there and taught summer-term classes in philosophy and Bible at the university,'' he said. ''Our son and daughter-in-law are Bible school professors have served in Africa."

Since 1981, Rev. Vaughn also previously had served as a teacher and headmaster in classical Christian high schools and elementary schools in Newark, N.J.; Mesa, Ariz.; Colleyville, Texas; and Lyon, France.

As a youth, he said he did not see himself as a pastor.

"Since college, I have been interested in philosophy, theology and psychology,'' Rev. Vaughn said. ''Every organization, club or church I've been part of has chosen me to be a teacher/leader."

Rev. Vaughn said he wanted to be a university professor, but after seven years of resistance, became an ordained Presbyterian pastor.

He was raised in what he described as a "strong Christian family,'' but said he got tired of going to church, ''and I did not like the music.''

As a University of Texas student, Rev. Vaughn was "influenced greatly by the writings of theologians Francis Schaeffer, John Stott and J.I. Packer,'' he said. ''That influence continued through graduate school and seminary. I got to know them and many of their disciples."

He calls his new position in the ministry a rewarding opportunity ''to equip and encourage people to use the gifts God has given them to serve others,'' he said.

Rev. Vaughn leads Mass at St. Mark's in Silvis at 9 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 8:45 a.m. Sundays; and leads Mass at Holy Trinity in Geneseo at 4 p.m. Wednesdays and at 11:15 a.m. Sundays.

The Rev. Peter R. Vaughn
Birth date: May 28, 1947.
Family: Wife, Linda Vaughn; daughters, Eleanor Vander Hart, Moline, and Katharine Blackwell, St. Louis; son, Peter DeLong Vaughn, Chattanooga, Tenn., and five grandchildren, with another expected in January.
Hometown: Born in Three Rivers, Mich., and raised in Las Cruces, N.M.
Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Texas, Austin; master's degree, Webster University, St. Louis; Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis; and post graduate studies at Princeton, N.J., Seminary, Universite Lyon Deux, Lyon, France, and Nashotah, Wis., House, Nashotah.
Favorite Scripture: "Psalm 25:1-6."
Favorite Biblical character I'd l like to meet: "The Apostle Peter -- I am named after him and share some of his negative characteristics."
Hobbies and activities: "Reading: history, biography, theology, Tony Hillerman and Tom Clancy, international news; cooking, entertaining and conversation; helping people accomplish things they never thought they could do; and working out and the outdoors, preferably at the same time."
Peak experience: "Ordination as an Anglican priest. When most of my cohorts are winding down and thinking about retirement, I got a new career.''
Pit experience: ''The closing of the American School of Lyon by the French government because we were an American Christian school."
One thing I feel strongly about: "Appreciating other people and cultures."
I wish I knew how to: "Play the cello and speak Spanish."


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