The Rev. Peter G. Cheney has served as St. Ann’s chaplain since 2002. Until 2015 he shared services with The Very Rev. M.L. Agnew, Jr.
Since 2015, Peter has been the sole Chaplain and shares the pulpit with two or three distinguished guest clergy leaders each summer.
Peter’s career has been primarily in education and leadership development. He is inspired by his ancestor, 19th century abolitionist Frederick W. Gunn, whose spirit of inclusiveness, open inquiry and concern for the freedom and welfare of others shaped Peter’s sense of vocation as a servant leader. Peter has had extensive training and experience as a clinical counselor – with particular emphasis on the adolescent journey – and as a consultant in mediation and conflict resolution.
Among his various posts, Peter served as Chaplain, Counselor and Director of Admissions at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, and from 1998-2007 as Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools headquartered in New York City. Along with his ministry at St. Ann’s, Peter serves as an executive coach for the Heads and Boards of independent/private schools. From October through May, he lives with his wife, Kiki, and their rescue pup, Josie, in Tucson, Arizona.
Much to the dismay of many friends and parishioners, Peter is a long-time New York Yankees fan.
Past St. Ann’s Chaplains
St. Ann’s has been fortunate to have eminent leaders serve as Chaplain. The very first was The Rev. George J. Prescott.
The Rev. Charles L. Short served from 1896-1901. During the 1920s, The Rt. Rev. John P. Tyler, Bishop of North Dakota, shared services with The Rt. Rev. Benjamin Brewster, Bishop of Maine, and The Rev. Dr. Percy E. Edrop.
The Very Rev. Chester Emerson, Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, OH, served St. Ann’s from 1942 – 1962. The Rev. Dr. Laman Bruner from Albany, NY enjoyed the longest tenure at St. Ann’s; he served from 1963 – 1989.
In 1985, Fr. Bruner began to share services with The Rt. Rev. John Maury Allin, 23rd Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Allin was then Chaplain-in-Charge until 1995.
In 1993, The Very Rev. M.L. Agnew, Dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Shreveport, LA began sharing services with Bishop Allin. He became Chaplain-in-Charge when Bishop Allin retired in 1995.
In 2002, The Rev. Dr. Peter G. Cheney began sharing services with Dean Agnew. Since Dean Agnew’s retirement in 2014, Fr. Cheney has been the sole Chaplain at St. Ann’s.