Berkeley Welcomes New Chaplain
Berkeley Preparatory School has announced the hiring of the Reverend Brandon Peete to assume the duties of the Berkeley Chaplain, beginning July 2017. Reverend Peete will be leaving St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where he has served as Associate Rector since 2013, and also as Director of Spiritual Life at their parish day school since 2016. Prior to that appointment, he served as School Chaplain of All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas (2011-2013).
Reverend Peete earned a B.S. in financial investment management from the University of Alabama in 2002, and a Master of Divinity from Emory University in Anglican Studies, Formation and Witness in 2010. Starting in 2005, he embarked on an independent school teaching career that took him to Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he taught high school philosophy and religion classes and coached middle school and JV basketball, baseball and softball. He joined the Lovett School in Atlanta in 2010, where he taught 6th grade world religion, served as a guidance counselor and coached middle school and JV baseball and softball. Reverend Peete has also served in various capacities as spiritual advisor, director of youth ministries, teacher, mentor and coach at the Cathedral of St. Philip (Episcopal) in Atlanta, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church in Bainbridge Island, Washington, Good Shepard Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas, and Christ Episcopal in Tyler, Texas.
Reverend Peete comes highly endorsed by members of the Berkeley community who were struck by his enthusiasm, energy, experience, and thoughtfulness during the interview process. He shared with the school that he is thrilled to be invited to serve here at Berkeley, and can’t wait to get started. He will be joined in Tampa by his wife Hillary and their young children Felix and Beatrix. In his free time, Reverend Peete is passionate about trail running, sports, hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with his growing family.