about usSince 1842, St. Peter's has served as a sanctuary and center of "Anglo-Catholic" spirituality.
A Diverse Community Seeking Christ
St. Peter’s is the parish church of Old Ellicott City and has grown into a diverse community seeking Christ through sacramental worship and serving the wider world. Our members represent a broad spectrum of ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and backgrounds who are theologically inquisitive and seek to grow and deepen their faith. Christ has called us into an intimate, inclusive community in service to the world.
Our worship style is traditional Anglo-Catholic; however, traditional here does not mean “stuffy” or “irrelevant.” During the program year (September – May) our main Sunday worship (mass) is sung with hymns and chant and regularly includes incense. This service is broadcast live on our YouTube channel. This service is followed by Christian Education/Formation.
During the summer months, we have one Sunday service with music and less formality. At all our masses, you’ll find preaching which connects the Holy Scriptures to our own lives and the situations surrounding us in our world. We are committed to discipleship in following our Lord Jesus Christ and applying his teaching and example in our lives. Children and youth are always welcome and encouraged to be involved in liturgy.
We are a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland under the leadership of The Right Reverend Eugene T. Sutton. We are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion as a parish in The Episcopal Church lead by The Most. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop.
Educating Our Future
Since 1973, St. Peter’s has been the home of St. Peter’s Preschool offering quality Christian preschool education programs for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
Meet Our Staff
Rev. Bruce McPherson
The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson has served churches in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia as a consultant and as an interim minister. The churches he has served include St. John’s in Ellicott City, Maryland, St. Peter’s, Arlington, Virginia, the Washington National Cathedral and St. John’s Lafayette Square in the District of Columbia.
Rev McPherson lives in Annapolis with his wife, The Rev. Phebe McPherson who serves as Rector of Epiphany Church in Odenton, Maryland. Together they have three children and six grandchildren, a few of whom are still young enough to enjoy a short boat ride occasionally, especially if there’s ice cream at the end of it.
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The Reverend Derek H. Miller
The Reverend Joy Walton
The Rev. Joy E. Walton retired from full time ministry in June of 2010. She had served most recently at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware for five years as head chaplain. She returned to Maryland, her home state, to be closer to her family, including two daughters and three grandchildren.
Since then, Joy served for more than four years as an associate chaplain at Howard County General Hospital and, until recently, as a supply priest in the Diocese of Maryland. She continues to serve the church as Assisting Priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, in addition to now having a great grandson. Joy is also proud to be a daughter of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square in Baltimore.
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Interim Director of Music Ministry
David has served several Episcopal Churches in the Baltimore area including St. John’s Huntington, St. David’s Roland Park and, most recently, Grace and St. Peter’s.
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Vestry and Wardens
Senior Warden – Doug Pryor
Katherine Schnorrenberg, Junior Warden
Class of 2022
Matilda “Patty” Schafer
Class of 2023
Class of 2024
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