The Rev. Pendleton Peery, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport, La., is the featured preacher May 13 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at

Peery came to Shreveport in 2008 after serving as associate pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After a year of service with AmeriCorps, he attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., earning the M.Div. degree. Peery currently is working on a Doctor of Ministry degree at Columbia, and also serves on the seminary’s board of trustees.

Peery’s “Day 1” sermon for the sixth Sunday in Easter, based on Acts 10:44-48, is entitled “The Holy Spirit as a Pre-Existing Condition.”

“Peter stood tall and steady in a time when the future of the church was murky ― at best,” he says. “In many ways, because of Peter’s commitment and Peter’s responsibility and Peter’s wisdom, the body that has become the church caught a foothold and began to grow.

“But the Holy Spirit couldn’t leave well enough alone,” Peery adds.”Just when Peter thought he had navigated the toughest challenges, the Holy Spirit started crossing boundaries that seemed out of bounds.”

The program includes interviews with Peery conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer.

“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 67 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. The alliance includes the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).