In addition to 14 years of parish ministry experience, Rev. Peter Alexander has served in campus and educational ministry settings. He was teacher of religion and humanities and eventually Principal/Administrator of Lutheran High School of San Diego for 12 years. An LCMS Credentialed Intentional Interim Pastor for 18 years, he has served California interim pastorates in San Diego, Merced, Moreno Valley, Carlsbad and La Jolla. He also served as interim pastor in Mesa, AZ and Las Vegas, NV. Recently he was IIP in the DC Capitol Region of VA and the North Jersey Shore of NJ, but has, in August 2016, semi-retired back in San Diego. He has done additional, part-time, consulting ministry for capital funding and spiritual renewal with PathWay Lutheran Ministries working with over 65 Lutheran churches during the last 18 years. He is Dean of the teaching faculty of the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors (NALIP) and has served as Chairman of that association’s Educational Development Commission. He has taught Intentional Interim Ministry to over 200 ELCA and LCMS pastors and assisted in the placement of hundreds of LCMS Interim Pastors across the Synod.
Pastor Pete has called San Diego home for 40 years along with his wife, Diana, who owns and operates a financial services business (taxes, investments, accountancy) in the Pacific Beach area for 35 years. She is now serving her 12th year as Treasurer of the PSW District, LCMS. She has completed financial reviews now for 3 congregations requesting her assistance. Four grown children and 4 grandchildren (all now in Southern California) keep family ties convenient and fun for both of them. They live in the Liberty Station area of Point Loma.
Originally from a family farm still in operation near Springfield, Illinois, he was graduated from Valparaiso University and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, (1973). Basic interim education came through the pan-denominational Interim Ministry Network. Pete has an ongoing interest in the relationship of theology and culture–especially with concern for reaching people with the Gospel by working from within their culture and worldview. He has served on 3 visitation teams for congregational revitalization processes and is passionate about seeing the time between pastors as a time ripe for the beginnings of new life cycles. His hobbies and chief interests are in technology, the arts and intellectual history and development. A Francophile since his youth, he and Diana enjoy theater and travel whenever possible – recently more readily in semi-retirement. He resisted 3 opportunities to be called in 2017; but now coming out of retirement mode is an adventure for both Diana and him. Pastor Pete believes during this brief interim period that, God helping, he can make a difference that will assist the People of God at Grace to discern with joy the next chapter of ministry being set before them.