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Pastor Pete is passionate about inspiring people take the next step in their journey of faith so that they can clearly find their place in the community, identify God’s plan and purpose for life, and use their gifts for ministry and mission. Pete spent his childhood in his birthplace of Buffalo, NY, before moving to Arizona as a middle schooler. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona (B.A. 1997 Anthropology and Religious Studies), Austin Theological Seminary (M.Div. 2001), and Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min. 2013). Prior to coming to St. Andrew’s, Pete served Northminster Presbyterian Church in Tucson for sixteen and a half years as Associate Pastor. Pete is married to Lori, and their two sons are Caden and Brennon. Austin and Oliver, the Labradoodles, bring the family constant joy. Pete’s hobbies and likes: exercise, playing guitar, photography, reading, travel, family research, drinking boba tea, tinkering in the garage, and the Buffalo Bills. Pete serves the presbytery on the Commission on Ministry, and on the boards of two Christian non-profit organizations that serve the Tucson community: Tucson Refugee Ministry (Board President) and Renewal (Counseling) Centers.
With over two decades of ministry experience, Pastor Mat is passionate about helping people create and cultivate a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus Christ. His heart is for helping create communities devoted to living life together as they grow in their knowledge and love of God. Mat was born Portland, OR, but did most of his growing up here in Tucson. He received his B.A. from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA with a double major in Religion and Philosophy. Mat also received his Masters of Divinity degree from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing this Doctorate of Ministry at Fuller Seminary. Mat is married to Amy and they have two children, Jane and Ethan, along with their older dog, Windsor, and pandemic puppy, Lillie.