Former Rector

In June 2021, The Rev. Craig A. Phillips, Ph.D., retired as Rector of St. Peter’s after 19 years. St. Peter’s celebrated his tenure with a goodbye luncheon for Father Craig and his wife Meta. See photos of the celebration and additional photos from his time at St. Peter’s here.

Communication from our Rector Concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic
  1. A response to the death of George Floyd from the clergy and wardens of St. Peter’s.
  2. Letter from Fr. Craig – March 23, 2020
  3. Fr. Craig’s Letter to the Parish – March 11, 2020
  4. Fr. Craig’s Blog Post – Taken from his March 15 Sermon

The Rev. Craig A. Phillips, Ph.D. is the rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia.  He has served in this position since October 2002. Craig graduated from Brown University with majors in Religious Studies and Classics. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1979.

From 1979-1980 he worked as a Chaplain Intern at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City, where he received advanced standing in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. From 1980 to 1984 Craig served in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma as the Vicar of Trinity, Eufaula and St. Lawrence, Muskogee. From 1984 to 1986, Craig was the Associate Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Ladue, in the Diocese of Missouri.

In the fall of 1986, Craig began doctoral work in Theology and Ethics at Duke University, and in December 1993 he received his Ph.D. While working on his doctorate, Craig served as the Interim Rector of St. Titus Episcopal Church, Durham; Church of the Nativity, Raleigh; St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Pittsboro; Interim Assistant at Church of the Good Shepherd, Raleigh; and Interim Episcopal Chaplain at North Carolina State University. During this time, he also taught for three semesters at Duke University and for two semesters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

From 1994 to 1997 Craig worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Temple University, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. In 1997, Craig became the rector of Incarnation Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

In the Diocese of Virginia, Craig is the Chair of the Diocesan Board of Examining Chaplains. He also serves on the Commission on Ministry, the Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Commission, the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee of the Metropolitan D. C. area.  He is also the former Dean of Region 3 in the Diocese. He is an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Theological Seminary and has previously taught in the seminary’s Evening School of Theology. Craig also currently serves on the Bioethics Committee of Virginia Hospital Center, as an Advisor to the Sanctuaries, a local D.C. non-profit that focuses on artistic projects that promote social change, and on the Board of the Love Quilt Project, at first affiliated with St. Peter’s and now an independent 5013C non-profit organization.

Craig is also a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and an active participant in the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network. He has contributed articles and chapters to numerous academic books and journals.

Craig and his wife, Marguerite, have two sons Colin and Andrew. Colin and his wife Sharon Lipovsky live in upper state New York with their three children. Andrew and his wife Valerie Bartell, with their son,  live in Portland, Oregon.

Recent examples and highlights of Craig’s scholarly works and sermons can be found here.

Information on his 2015 sabbatical blog is here.