Phillips Theological Seminary president to deliver baccalaureate sermon at EC

Apr 21 2014

Rev. Gary Peluso-Verdend

The Rev. Gary Peluso-Verdend, president of Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, will give the sermon at the Eureka College baccalaureate service for graduates at 6:30 p.m. May 9 in the Cerf Center. The service is free and open to the public.

Peluso-Verdend’s sermon will focus on what he calls “the monumental challenges and opportunities for service in our globalized society, in which the calling of laity to just and compassionate living has never been more important.” He will refer to Micah 6:6–8.

Peluso-Verdend teaches practical theology at Phillips, an ecumenical seminary affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He previously was dean, vice president of stewardship and director of the doctor of ministry program at Phillips.

A native of the Chicago area, he received a doctorate from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and formerly was a minister at First United Methodist Church, Arlington Heights.

Peluso-Verdend’s 2005 book, “Paying Attention: Focusing Your Congregation on What Matters,” explores leadership education, congregational dynamics, social change and Christian practices.

For more information about the baccalaureate, contact Eureka College Chaplain Bruce Fowlkes at (309) 467-6429 or

Eureka College is among 14 colleges and universities affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).