The Rev. Peter Bunder has been the Chaplain and Vicar of Good Shepherd since 1985. No, really; since 1985. He has been through three bishops and three buildings. He is married to Katy O’Malley-Bunder, the Executive Director of Food Finders’ Food Bank. He has two grown daughters, Molly and Emily, who live in Chicago and Indianapolis. Even though he looks very young, he is also a grandfather. Rowan is adorable. There is a dog.
Peter was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1977 on Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach, Va. He had attended seminary at the University of Toronto. He came to the Diocese of Indianapolis and to West Lafayette from R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia.
Peter’s hobby is local politics. He has represented West Lafayette Council District #2 since 2008. That’s New Chauncey, a near campus neighborhood. He is also the President of the City Council. Ask him about land use, historic preservation, and the city’s environmental commission.
Here’s what Peter thinks his job is: “And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” – Mt.13:52
Peter has announced his plans to retire in August of 2019 at age 68 after 34 years of service in West Lafayette, 37 years in the Episcopal Church, and 42 years as a priest.