The Reverend Dr. Walter L. Prehn III is Headmaster of St. John’s Parish Day School in Ellicott City, Maryland. Prehn was prepared at historic Chamberlain-Hunt Academy in Mississippi, received the B.A. in History from Texas A&M University (1979), and was trained for the priesthood of the Episcopal Church at Nashotah House in Wisconsin (M.Div. 1985).
Prehn was a parish priest for twelve years, serving in Dallas, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. While in Philadelphia he served as Chaplain to Episcopal students at Bryn Mawr College. He was Rector of St. Margaret’s, San Antonio, until 1996, and served the Diocese of West Texas as Chairman of the Liturgy & Music Commission, co-founder of the Bishop Elliott Society, Bishop’s Examining Chaplain, and Instructor in Historical Theology in the Bishop’s School for Ministry. In 1996, Prehn responded to the call to serve as Chaplain of the Episcopal School of Texas (TMI) and was Assistant Headmaster his last year.
In 2001, Father Prehn moved with his family to Charlottesville to work on a Ph.D. in the History of American Education at the University of Virginia. Directed by the late Jennings Wagoner, Prehn defended a dissertation on the pioneering school work of W. A. Muhlenberg (1796-1877) and his protégés, who founded several of the best college preparatory schools in American history. Prehn wrote the chapter on Episcopal schools for The Praeger Handbook of Faith-Based Schools in the United States (2012) and is a published poet. He is a Founding Fellow of the Saint James Conference, an annual gathering in Maryland dedicated at once to the historic faith of the Church and premier education.
Dr. Prehn has been married to Celia Jones Prehn of Dallas for twenty-six years. They have three children: Thomas (aet. 25), David (aet. 21), and Mary Katherine (aet. 18). Prehn enjoys bird dogs, bird hunting, horses, fly-fishing, books, sporting art, and all kinds of music.