In 2005, God called Pete’s family to serve with ENLACE ministries to impoverished communities in El Salvador. On January 18, 2007 a caravan of vehicles he was part of was attacked by a masked gunman. One bullet struck Pete in the neck, missing his jugular vein and trachea by 1 cm, and lodged in my esophagus. Pete’s life was spared; the only permanent damage was to his vocal chords, leaving his voice sounding like “I’ve been smoking for years… or I’m related to Al Pacino in The Godfather.” Pete went on to pastor the Union Church of San Salvador in El Salvador.
Pete and his family moved back to the U.S. in 2010 and landed in Seal Beach, California where he serves as a campus pastor for SeaCoast Grace Church and continues his work abroad through ENLACE, and with Three Angels Children’s Relief in Haiti. Pete’s heart is to serve ministries that seek to have lasting impact for God’s kingdom and for the people they serve.
Pete and his wife Dara have four children: PJ, Isaac, Hannah, and Kaya.