Eugene Peterson was for many years James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. He is probably most well known for The Message, his translation of the Bible in the language of today. His other works include The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction and Subversive Spirituality.
UPDATE: Beloved Eugene Peterson entered into the presence of his King on October 22, 2018. His impact on the world will be felt for the rest of time.