A scholar in the field of Practical Theology, Dr. Peluso-Verdend's teaching and research interests are related to the study of congregational cultures and models for effective and transformative leadership within church and society. He has taught a wide range of practical theology courses, at PTS and elsewhere, at the master's and doctoral levels.
In addition to providing leadership for numerous church and professional workshops, his publications include "What is Lyle Schaller's Vision of the Church?," The Christian Century (January 27,1993), "The Crisis of Local and Regional Ecumenism," Mid-Stream (October 1993), Inquiring and Discerning Hearts: Vocation and Ministry with Young Adults on Campus, co-authored with Sam Potaro (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993), "To Live or to Die In Battle: A Nineteenth Century Metaphor and Clergy Self-Care," Quarterly Review (Fall 1998), "How Many Churches Does It Take to Raise a Minister?," The Circuit Rider (January-February 2002), Paying Attention: Focusing Your Congregation on What Matters (2005), two articles in the ATS-sponsored journal Theological Education, and two recent contributions to lectionary resources.
Dr. Peluso-Verdend began serving PTS as President in July 2009. He was Vice President of Stewardship from July 2005 until becoming president. An ordained minister in The United Methodist Church, he previously served as the doctor of ministry program director, a member of regular faculty (1993-2000), and as dean (1997-2000).