Eugene Peterson Goes Home

Eugene Peterson, beloved pastor and NavPress author, passed away October 22, 2018. He was 85. Eugene is perhaps best known as the translator of The Message, a rendering of the Scriptures into contemporary language. His high regard for the Scriptures led him to this work as a byproduct of his decades-long pastoral ministry.

The Navigators U.S. President Doug Nuenke considers Eugene “forever connected to the ministry of The Navigators.”

“He is so often identified as ‘the author of The Message,’ which is the heart of our NavPress ministry,” Doug says. “But Eugene was more than that. He was a pastor of pastors. He showed us all what it means to love a community of people.”

Eugene speaks at a special event celebrating <i>The Message<i> at Glen Eyrie in 2016

Visit for more details on Eugene’s life and influence.


  1. Came to this site looking for books and found where Pastor Eugene Peterson had passed. So very sorry for your loss. Loving reading his material and have learned so much from it in my growth with Christ. God bless his family with memories

  2. We have used “The Message” so many times as we share Biblical truth with believers and non-believers. It says it in ways that people can understand the Bible in today’s language. We will truly miss Eugene’s perspectives in the coming days and years. I’m glad God moved him to write it down in his own words. -RJ

  3. I personally wish there were as much or more fanfare and honor given to godly men like Eugene as there are celebrities and politicians when they die!

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