Senior Fellows

Dr. Peter Williamson

Dr. Peter S. Williamson, Senior Fellow the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He received his M.A. in Theology from Sacred Heart Seminary and his S.T.B., S.T.L. and S.T.D. in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He is the author of Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture: A Study of the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s "The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church" (Loyola/Biblical Institute, 2001) and co-editor of John Paul II and the New Evangelization (Ignatius, 1995). Besides his seminary teaching Dr. Williamson coordinates mission work in Lithuania and Kazakhstan for Renewal Ministries, a Catholic organization that promotes renewal and evangelization. Dr. Williamson grew up as the son of an evangelical Presbyterian pastor and the grandson of Pentecostal missionaries to China. While a freshman at the University of Michigan in 1969 his relationship with Christ was powerfully transformed when he was prayed over to be baptized in the Spirit at a charismatic prayer group that met at the Catholic student chapel. Eventually, despite the extraordinary richness of his evangelical heritage, he became convinced that the doctrine of sola Scriptura was inadequate and that the claims of the Catholic Church were true. He was received in to the Catholic Church in 1972. From 1970 to 1990 Williamson served as a coordinator of The Word of God, an ecumenical charismatic community in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During that time he also helped to found Pastoral Renewal (later Faith and Renewal), a practical journal for Christian leaders, and served as President of the Center for Faith and Renewal, which sponsored publications and conferences on the relationship between Christianity and modernity. In 1990 Williamson began his formal theological studies; he completed his S.T.D. in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2000. Dr. Williamson and his wife, Dr. Marsha Daigle-Williamson, live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Full Curriculum Vitae and Publications Books by Dr. Williamson Selected Articles: - Catholic Principles for Interpreting the Scriptures

Curriculum Vitae


S.T.D., summa cum laude, Biblical Theology, Pontificial University Gregoriana (2001). Thesis: Principles of Catholic Interpretation in the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s “The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church”

S.T.L., summa cum laude, Biblical Theology, Pontificial University Gregoriana (1997)

S.T.B., magna cum laude, Theology, Pontificial University Gregoriana (1996)

M.A., summa cum laude, Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary (1995)

B.A., History, University of Michigan (1972)

Professional Positions

2002-Present: Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit, Michigan)

2002-2004: Assistant Dean, Institute for Ministry, Sacred Heart Major Seminary 
(Detroit, Michigan)

1993-Present: Mission Associate, Renewal Ministries (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
• Coordinator of Lithuania mission. Program coordinator of priests and religious seminars for Archdiocese of Kaunas and Diocese of Siauliai, July 2001. Evangelization and teaching. 16 trips to Lithuania since May 1993.
• Coordinator of Kazakhstan Mission. Cooperation with bishops of Kazakhstan. Seven trips totaling more than 90 days since 9/98. Responsibility for parish missions, evangelistic rallies, 10-day Evangelization Schools for lay leaders, talks for religious.
• Conference Organizer for “John Paul II and the New Evangelization,” an international conference for 250 Catholics involved in evangelization, June 1994.

Fall 2001: Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Sacred Heart Seminary (Detroit, Michigan); St. Peter’s Seminary in London (London, Ontario)

1992-2001: Business owner (Ypsilanti, Michigan) 
• Started, operated and sold two businesses: computer hardware sales (1992-1995) and internet software sales (1996-2001).

1998: University of Vilnius (Vilnius, Lithuania)
• Guest lecturer at Center for Religious Studies. Taught Intensive two-credit course, “Principles of Catholic Biblical Interpretation,” October 1998.

1975-1993: Center for Faith and Renewal (Ann Arbor, Michigan) 
• Founding editor of Pastoral Renewal (later Faith and Renewal), a practical journal for Christian leaders (circulation: 10,000), 1976-1986. 
• President of Center for Faith and Renewal (publications, conferences), 1981-1993.

1970-1990: The Word of God Community (Ann Arbor, Michigan) 
• Coordinator and head coordinator of ecumenical charismatic community: University outreach, teaching, evangelization, retreats, pastoral care, community organization, liason with Bishop of Lansing and ecumenical relations.



Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture: A Study of the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s “The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church (1993).” Subsidia Biblica. Rome: Pontifical Biblical Institute, 2001.

John Paul II and the New Evangelization. Co-edited with Ralph Martin. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995.

Summons to Faith and Renewal. Co-edited with Kevin Perrotta. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Publications, 1983.

Christianity in Conflict. Co-edited with Kevin Perrotta. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Publications, 1986.

Christianity Confronts Modernity. Co-edited with Kevin Perrotta. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Publications, 1981.

How to Become the Person You Were Meant to Be. Living as a Christian. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant, 1981. (Polish translation, 1993).

Living as a Christian Series (20 short books). Co-edited with Bert Ghezzi. Ann Arbor: Servant, 1980-1984.


“Establishing an Ecclesial Culture for the Clergy: Response to Bishop Allen Vigneron.” In Steven Boguslawski and Robert Fastiggi, eds., Call to Holiness and Communion: A Symposium. Forthcoming.

“Catholic Biblical Interpretation.” In Kevin Vanhoozer, et al., eds., Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005). Forthcoming.

“Which Books Belong in the Bible?” Catholic Answer 18:3 (July-August 2004): 30-34.

“The Place of History in Catholic Exegesis: An Examination of the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church.” In Craig Bartholomew, et al., eds., Behind the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003): 196-226.

“Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 65:3 (July 2003): 327-349.

“Catholicism and the Bible: An Interview with Albert Vanhoye.” First Things 74 (June/July 1997): 35-40.

“Actualization: A New Emphasis in Catholic Scripture Study.” America 172/18 (1995): 17-19.

“Comfort Without Complacency.” Pastoral Renewal 14:4, Jan/Feb 1990, 1-5.

“A New Model For Church Life.” Pastoral Renewal 13:1, July/August 1988, 3-4.

“Wisdom In A Time Of Change” (reprint). Pastoral Renewal 11:1, July 1986, 7-10.

“I Am In Heaven.” Pastoral Renewal 9:10, May 1985, 148-150.

“Can We Make A Better World?” Pastoral Renewal 9:7, February 1985, 99-100.

“A Legacy Of Trust.” Pastoral Renewal 9:3, October 1984, 35,46.

“On The Wise Choice Of A Seminary.” Pastoral Renewal 8:6, January 1984, 67-68.

“What Is Normal For The Followers Of Christ?” Pastoral Renewal 8:4, November 1983, 33-35, 42-46.

“Before All Else.” Pastoral Renewal 8:3, October 1983, 17-20.

“Elements Of Initiation.” Pastoral Renewal 7:3, October 1982, 28-30.

“John Wesley’s Pastoral Plan.” Pastoral Renewal 5:1, July 1980, 7-10.

“Will The Assertive Inherit The Earth?” Pastoral Renewal 4:1, July 1979, 12-15.

“Testing Secular Learning.” Pastoral Renewal 3:11, May 1979, 89-91.

“A New Age For The Church.” Pastoral Renewal 3:10, April 1979, 82-84.

“Key Issues In The Discipleship Movement.” Pastoral Renewal 3:5, November 1978, 36-37.

“What Did It Mean To Be A Disciple?” Pastoral Renewal 3:1, July 1978, 1-5.

“How To Choose Elders.” Pastoral Renewal 2:12, June 1978, 93-94.

“The Quiet Passing Of Natural Community.” Pastoral Renewal 2:10, April 1978, 73-77.

“Building On The Rock.” Pastoral Renewal 2:1, July 1977, 1-5.

“After Evangelization What?” Pastoral Renewal 1:12, June 1977, 94-96.

“Bringing Men And Women Into Life With Christ.” Pastoral Renewal 1:9, March 1977, 65-68.

“Renewal Of The Local Church.“Pastoral Renewal 1:6, December 1976, 44-48.

“How The Cursillo Movement Finds And Forms Leaders.” Pastoral Renewal 1:4, October 1976, 29-33.

“Repairing Relationships.” Pastoral Renewal 1:2, August 1976, 12-17.

“Wisdom In A Time Of Change.” Pastoral Renewal 1:1, July 1976, 1-5.