Pete grew up in North Carolina and attended Duke University where he received a bachelors degree in Mathematics. He then attended Penn State University, earning his masters and Ph.D. in Meteorology. He currently lives in Catonsville, Maryland with his wife, Jenni, and his children. He is a research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He has served as a youth leader and Sunday School teacher at Living Hope and is currently a Deacon and Trustee.