Rev. Dr. Lawrence Peers

Unitarian Universalist, Philadelphia

Director of Learning of the Pastoral Excellence Network. Larry has extensive experience working with leaders from a wide variety of religious affiliations: Protestant churches, Roman Catholic and Jewish communities.

He has served most recently as a senior consultant with the Alban Institute for 11 years. Larry holds a rich background as a seminar leader, consultant and leadership coach working with clergy, congregations, and other religious organizations—locally, regionally, and nationally—on topics including clergy well-being, organizational development, visioning and strategic planning, conflict transformation, and staff development.

An ordained minister, Larry has also served on the leadership team of the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. He has had roles as a pastor, a Manager of Organizational Learning in a nonprofit and as a Director of Congregational Development for a national religious organization. Larry is energized by learning. He holds a doctoral degree in organizational change from Pepperdine University and one in congregational studies from Hartford Seminary, where he has also served as adjunct faculty. He earned master’s degrees at Boston University (theology) and Antioch University (developmental clinical psychology) and a B.A. at Eckerd College.