Pete earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (where he met his wife Betsy) and his Masters of Counseling degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It was in Virginia Beach that Pete and Betsy were first introduced to Sovereign Grace Ministries. After attending Sovereign Grace Church for a few years, Pete was sent to the PDI School of Ministry and subsequently joined the pastoral staff of Sovereign Grace Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. In 1998, Pete relocated his family to Denver, Colorado to assist in the planting of the Sovereign Grace Ministries church there. Pete pastored at the church in Denver for seven years until 2005, when he relocated to Frisco, Texas to assist in planting Grace Church.