Peter and Michelle Tepper
Peter Tepper is married to Michelle and father to Sophia. He is an odd mix of Spanish, American and British. Growing up as a missionary kid in Mexico and Spain he is fluent in Spanish. As child, he saw grace lived out on the streets of Madrid. Inner city Madrid was no stranger to the scourge of drugs.
Growing up along the marginalized and outcast of society, Peter developed a profound sense of Grace – the idea that God gives of himself freely without requiring anything of us — except nothing. Many of his friends are the men and women Betel Madrid, Spain. Betel is an amazing work that helps the vulnerable, the destitute, and the needy.
He returned to the United States to attend university at West Point. Here he studied History, Portuguese and Computer Science. Upon graduation Peter Tepper received a commission as a lieutenant and became a rifle platoon leader serving in the light infantry.
While stationed in Korea, Peter sensed a call into chaplaincy. Peter Tepper’s interest in languages and rigorous challenges led him to apply to Oxford University for his graduate studies. It was at Oxford while studying the Gospels, Paul and Augustine that he began to dig deeper into this thing called grace.
He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He served as a the chaplain at St Aldates, Oxford overseeing the discipleship and spiritual growth of many in the undergraduate community.
Currently, Peter Tepper serves as pastor for community and evangelism at First Assembly Deland.
His biggest passion is to see people grow to faith in Jesus and dive into God’s extravagant and unmerited Grace. He writes and blogs on Grace Effective.
Michelle Tepper is an itinerant speaker for RZIM in the US, teaching worldwide on a number of subjects, including the problem of pain, God’s character, sex, relationships, and love.
Since 2011, Michelle has been speaking overseas as a part of the RZIM European team and as a guest lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Prior to joining the RZIM staff, Michelle worked for six years as the University Chaplain for St. Aldate’s—a thriving, historic, student friendly church located in the heart of Oxford.
Michelle has strong ties to Oxford since she met and married her husband there while studying abroad at Oxford University, during which she finished her bachelor’s degree in political science from Stetson University. Michelle then went on to pursue further studies in theology at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and was part of the OCCA’s first graduating class.
Following God’s call to move back to the States and support the local church while serving with RZIM, Michelle and her husband, Peter, have relocated to Florida with their daughter, Sophia.