GIC Opportunities to Meet Peter Rothermel
Sunday, January 29, 2017
8:00 am Holy Communion Rite I with Peter Rothermel
9:15 am Tool Time: Heart & Home Mission with Peter Rothermel
12:00 Noon GIC Opening Reception – Family on Mission Together – talk led by Peter Rothermel and Jonathan Ziman
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
5:30 pm Worship on Wednesday Healing Service (WOW) Guest Preacher: Peter Rothermel
Thursday, February 2
12:00 N Peninsula Men’s Lunch at 82 Queen – Speaker: Peter Rothermel
About Peter Rothermel
Peter became a Christian through a ministry called Focus (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools), which was founded and developed by the Rev. Dr. Peter C. Moore to reach prep school students for Christ. While attending Eaglebrook School in Deerfield Mass. and St. George’s School in Newport RI, Peter went to several camps and retreats hosted by Focus. The seeds of faith were planted but were quickly challenged by the freedoms of the boarding school lifestyle where Peter was able to avoid adult supervision. He spent most of his high school years running from the Lord and indulging in the things of the world.
After completing high school, Peter went to Kenya, East Africa, with the Intercultural Action Learning Program (InterAlp). During his 5 month stay in Kenya, Peter became excited about learning outside of the classroom environment. He also found great joy in learning with and about different cultures. This love for different cultures eventually led him to complete a semester of training with Wycliffe Bible Translators and later onto Biola University where Peter received his BA in Intercultural Studies. During his studies in Southern California, Peter developed a growing awareness and burden for the homeless around him. As a result, rather than heading back to Africa, Peter found himself in the heart of Los Angeles working with the Union Rescue Mission. It was also around this time that he met his wife Jackie, who graduated from Biola with a Nursing degree (BSN). Peter spent 5 years in the Yosemite area working for the Union Rescue Mission with a program developed for men 18-25 years old called Crossroads. With this ministry experience stirring in his heart, Peter went back to Biola with a great need and desire to be refreshed, retool and learn. He received his Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies.
In August of 1993, Peter and Jackie Rothermel packed up their belongings and moved to Charleston, South Carolina. With a fresh excitement in their hearts, they answered the call to come as St. Michael’s first full-time paid Youth Minister. We were excited to see how God was working at St. Michael’s. We were also excited to know that the Gospel was being proclaimed clearly in the Episcopal Church and that the Holy Spirit was recognized as an active part of the ministries. For 11 years Peter enjoyed serving at St. Michael’s as Jackie served as an ER Nurse. Through the strong support of the body of Christ at St. Michael’s, they grew as a family.
Since August 2004, Peter has served the Diocese of South Carolina as The Coordinator for the Department of Christian Faith Formation by researching, providing and developing resources that help churches train and equip their congregations in discipleship and the spiritual development of their people. The vision for the department is Restoring Relationships to Biblical Order through the Transforming Power of Jesus Christ.
By the Grace of God, Peter and Jackie have two children Peter (21) and Breezy (19). They are both attending Biola University. Thankful for the Adventure that the Lord has invited us on, Peter looks forward to being together again with beloved friends and family at St. Michael’s Church.