Professor Storey is former president of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, past president of the South African Council of Churches, and was Methodist Bishop of the Johannesburg/Soweto area for 13 years.
A native South African with a 30-year track record in urban ministry, he served as director of a 24-hour crisis intervention service in Sydney, Australia, senior minister of the Inner-City Methodist Mission in District Six, Cape Town, and of the Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg. In the 1960s, Professor Storey founded a network of crisis intervention centers in South Africa and served as chaplain to Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners on Robben Island.
In the 1980s he became a national leader in the church struggle against apartheid and co-led an ecumenical delegation to the United Nations, the U.S. Congress and Europe, urging intensified pressure on the apartheid regime in 1984. Committed to non-violence and reconciliation, Professor Storey was a founder of the Methodist Order of Peacemakers and Gunfree South Africa, the nation’s anti-gun lobby. He co-chaired the regional Peace Accord structures intervening in political violence before South Africa’s first democratic elections and was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to help select the nation’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
He has authored many publications, including With God in the Crucible: Preaching Costly Discipleship (Abingdon, 2002), And are We Yet Alive? Revisioning our Wesleyan Heritage in a New Southern Africa (Methodist Publishing House, Cape Town, 2004) and Listening at Golgotha (Upper Room, 2004). He was a weekly columnist for South Africa’s Sunday Independent, a national newspaper. He presented the Franklin S. Hickman Lectures at Convocation & Pastors’ School at Duke Divinity School in 1987.
B.A., Rhodes University
L.L.D., Albion College
D.D., Ohio Wesleyan University
- With God in the Crucible—Preaching Costly Discipleship
- The Local Church in Ministry to God’s World - Moving congregations from Maintenance to Mission
- God and Caesar - Learnings from the Church Struggle against Apartheid
- RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: FAITHFUL CONGREGATIONS IN A DANGEROUS WORLD (pdf)
Inaugural Lecture by Peter Storey, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry
- Spring 2004 Baccalaureate Sermon (pdf)
- Reconciliation and Civil Society
- Letter to Americans Following Sept. 11
- Abingdon Press: With God in the Crucible
- Walter Wink, Naming the Powers, Unmasking the Powers, Engaging the Powers
- Donald Shriver, An Ethic for Enemies
- Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness
- Antjie Krog, Country of My Skull