Margaret Kim Peterson, Ph.D.

Margaret Kim Peterson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology, Christian Studies, Eastern UniversityProfessor of Theology and Psychology
Ph.D. Duke University
Office: McInnis 219
Phone: 610-341-4389


B.A. Mount Holyoke College
M.A. La Salle University
M.Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Duke University
At Eastern Since 1998


Dr. Peterson grew up in Mount Vernon, Iowa, a town of (then) 2000 people in which all streets ran (as streets should run) at right angles to one another. After completing a bachelor’s degree in music performance at Mount Holyoke College, Dr. Peterson earned an M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. at Duke University, where she studied systematic and historical theology. Her dissertation, which was supervised by Geoffrey Wainwright, focused on the history of the interpretation of Psalm 8. During her graduate program at Duke she was married and widowed, and wrote a book about it (Sing Me to Heaven: The Story of a Marriage).

Dr. Peterson joined the faculty of Eastern University in 1998, and teaches introductory and upper-level courses in church history and theology. For eleven years she co-taught a class on Christian Marriage with her (second, and now deceased) husband and faculty colleague, Dwight Peterson, also known as “the other Dr. Peterson.” In the years this course was offered it served over seven hundred students, to all of whom both Dr. Petersons listened closely. These conversations became the basis of their co-authored book, Are You Waiting for “The One”? Cultivating Realistic, Positive Expectations for Christian Marriage.

After too many years of flying by the seat of her pants in the Christian Marriage class, Dr. Peterson went back to school, and recently completed a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA). She now listens even more closely to her students, and enjoys talking with them about their lives and relationships.

Dr. Peterson is the mother of one teenage son. They are members of Saint Luke Lutheran Church, which they appreciate for (among other reasons) its weekly celebration of the Eucharist.

Courses Taught

Addiction and Grace, Psychology of Health and Illness, Christian Ethics, Christian Marriage, History and Systems of Psychology.

Research Interests

Theological bioethics, collaborative healthcare, psychoanalytic theory and practice.


Select Articles

  • “Salvation and Health: Why the Church Needs Psychotherapy.” Christian Bioethics Vol. 17, No. 3 (December 2011).
  • “Are You a Doctor?” Pulse—Voices from the Heart of Medicine (, August 5, 2011.

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