WOLFEBORO — The All Saints' Episcopal Church Vestry, through Bishop Hirschfeld, has issued a Call to the Reverend William (Bill) Petersen to be their next rector, and Rev. Petersen has accepted the Call.
Bill was presented to the Vestry with the enthusiastic and unanimous support of the Search Committee. He brings to All Saints a unique background and set of experiences. "Bill is a blessing who comes to us through an unanticipated pathway. He is a servant leader nurtured and ordained in the Lutheran tradition and currently serving a Lutheran parish in East Hartford, CT. The Spirit works in marvelous ways," said Lee White, Senior Warden of All Saints.
Petersen has deep roots in New Hampshire. His first career was in the hospitality industry. He worked in both food service and hotel management and then became an educator. He taught at Southern New Hampshire University and was dean of the School of Hospitality from 2001 to 2006. While working in New Hampshire, Petersen served as a member of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Regional Marketing Task Force and Tourism Committee, board member of the New Hampshire Philharmonic, chairperson of the State of New Hampshire Advisory Council on Travel and Tourism, and board member of the Southern New Hampshire Convention & Visitors Bureau. Petersen co-founded Granite State Ambassadors, Inc., and is currently Chairman Emeritus.
Petersen graduated from Philadelphia Seminary in 2010. He currently serves as pastor of an ethnically diverse congregation in East Hartford, Connecticut. He is also Dean of the Greater Hartford Conference of the New England Synod.
Petersen began his tenure as rector of All Saints' this month.