Rev. Peter Marshall

January 21, 1940September 8, 2010

It is with enormous sadness that we announce the sudden death of our father, the Reverend Peter J. Marshall, on Wednesday evening in Orleans, Massachusetts. He was 70 years old.

Born on January 21, 1940, Peter John Marshall was the son of the Scottish minister, Dr. Peter Marshall, who became pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, in 1937 and was appointed twice as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, serving from January 1947 until his sudden death at the age of 46.

Dad’s mother, Catherine Marshall, wrote the best-selling biography of her husband entitled A Man Called Peter. This book was later made into an Oscar-nominated film of the same title (1955) in which dad was portrayed as a young child by the actor Billy Chapin. Our grandmother went on to write over 20 books, including many editions of her husband's sermons, several inspirational books, and the best-selling novel Christy.

A graduate of Mount Hermon School in Northfield, MA, our father attended Yale University where he sang in the Yale Glee Club and earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He then entered Princeton Theological Seminary from which he was graduated in 1965 and ordained as a minister of the Presbyterian Church, USA. For the next twelve years, he served pastorates in West Hartford, CT, and East Dennis, MA. Since 1977, he had devoted himself to a nationwide ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. He co-authored three best-selling books—The Light and The Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet.

Rev. Marshall is survived by his children—Mary Elizabeth Marshall of Athens, NY; Peter Jonathan Marshall of Keller, TX; and David Christopher Marshall of New York City—two step-brothers, Chester LeSourd of Chattanooga, TN, and Jeffrey LeSourd of Lincoln, VA, a step-sister, Linda LeSourd Lader of Washington, DC, and Charleston, SC, and three grandchildren. Our mother, Edith Marshall Roberts, also survives.

The Rite of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Transfiguration, 5 Bay View Drive, Rock Harbor, in Orleans, MA. Interment follows in the Orleans Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday September 12 from 4-7 PM, at the Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans MA 02653

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Community of Jesus Angel Fund, 5 Bay View Dr., Orleans, MA 02653; or a charity of one's choice.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 12, 2010
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 13, 2010

Rev. Peter Marshall

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Evelyn Evans

August 8, 2011

I have belatedly learned about Dr. Marshall's death and am saddened, even at this late date. I have read his books and have gotten tapes of Dr. Peter Marsahll's sermons from his site. The Marshall family have had a great and very positive impact on the faith community in this nation. He will be missed.

Mary Tresierra

August 1, 2011

Peter's mother,Catherine, had a profound impact in my faith, life at a much needed time. Through her I met Jesus at a much more personal level. My faith deepened greatly. Her writing about her young son, Peter, deeply touched me as a mother. They are a great loss to the Christian world yet their writing is still here. Mary

John Montgomery

May 4, 2011

I saw the movie A Man Call Peter and was very moved. More should see this movie even today as we need to hear what Dr Marshall had to say. I am sadden to hear of his son's death as he too was welcome to all homes.


March 28, 2011

Peter J. Marshall spent one week at a charismatic church in London, Ontario, of which I was not normally attending, as the guest speaker. This was in 1983. I had just lost my mother, and he had lost his famous mother shortly before. I attended each day, taking in all of his teaching. I still have his tapes of those sermons. He had a profound impact on my life, as did his mother through her books.

Tim Woodruff

February 25, 2011

I think it says much more about Peter than it does about me that I can honestly say he was my friend. He had great personal warmth and a generous spirit. We did not see each other often, but Peter always expressed genuine interest in what was going on in my life and my family. We ribbed each other about our political differences at the same time we enjoyed our unity in Christ and on what the Lord requires of us.

His teaching and example remain with me, a positive influence on my life that will continue.

Grace, mercy and peace to all who loved him!

Tim Woodruff
Interim Director, Peniel Bible Conference

N. E. Wren

February 16, 2011

This morning, while researching the topic of Scottish kilts on YouTube, I came across several posted videos related to "A Man Called Peter." Recalling his son, and wondering where Peter, Jr. was currently ministering, I let my curiosity take me to the online news stories -- and only then did I see about his passing last September! What a jolt to learn this!
In recent years, we have seen the losses of several seemingly irreplaceable "voices for the faith." Some of these stalwarts are: Dr. Kennedy of Coral Ridge Presbyterian; Dr. Adrian Rogers, the Southern Baptist; Dr. Jerry Falwell ...
The Peter Marshall clan and lineage leaves a priceless heritage with the USA. Their faithful testimonies of The Lord Jesus Christ, and their lives of service have lasting ripples. May we thank the Lord that their books, treatises, and public addresses -- through the means of modern media -- can profit future generations of believers. The work of Peter, Jr., and well as his father, Peter, Sr, and wife and mother, Catherine, were undeniable gifts to the Church. As a baby-boomer, coming to Christ at the age of 17,
I so regret that I never personally heard Peter, Jr. In the summer of 1969, through Campus Crusade for Christ, I particpated in a summer beach outreach on Cape Cod. I well remember hearing several other CCC girls enthusiastically recount their experiences at Sunday a.m. services at Peter Marshall's church some miles away. As I had recently read his mother's book "Beyond Ourselves," I recognized who they were speaking of. However, circumstances never lined up for me to make the trip myself to hear Peter, Jr., and I've always regretted that.
I do hope that, five months out from Rev. Marshall's death, that the family is, and has been, experiencing our Lord's comfort and peace. I pray for guidance for the decisionmakers as to how they may preserve the Peter Marshall ministry legacy and voice.

February 3, 2011

This morning on Feb.3,2011 ,I watched for the first time, the movie, A Man Called Peter, and was deeply moved to tears. Even after so many years, it is still a life for today. He has given us a lasting legacy for how to live our lives.. I intend to try to purchase the movie to give to my daughter. God Bess , Harriett Frampton (Scranton Pa.)

Dr. Donia Gonzales-Copeland

February 3, 2011

I have only seen the movie many times. He has been my heroe since I was a little girl. Reverend Dr. Donia Gonzales-Copeland

Peter Schoon

February 1, 2011

I was born on February 13, 1949 shortly following Peter's father's death. My own father was on a return from WWII active Navy duty, and while in DC, had heard Peter Marshall preach in the 1st Avenue Presbyterian Church there, and decided to name me after him. I am told I remained un-named for 10 days while my mother and father awaited Catherine Marshall's permission to name me Peter Marshall Schoon.

A very unusual thing happened to me on the day Catherine Marshall passed away...for the first and only time in my life, I had an irresistable urge to reach Catherine Marshall, tracked down the phone # for the LeSourd residence somewhere in Florida, I think, and tried to call.

Anyway, I am proud to carry a bit of the Marshall's legacy in the way of being a namesake, and admire them all tremendously. -Peter in Minneapolis

Sharon Smith

January 16, 2011

I just watched the movie biography of your grandfather, Dr.Peter Marshall and wanted to find out what happened to Catherine and Peter John. I am happy to know that they are all together again in their own room in their father's house. Blessings to your family. Know that your family's faith journey is still touching and inspiring lives.