Dr. Peter Lee, Interim Pastor
Dr. Peter Lee is a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He has an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, California and a PhD in Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature from the Catholic University of America. He resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wonderful wife and six children. “Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” (Phil 3:8)
Temidayo Akinsanya, Pastoral Intern
Temi was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria for the first 11 years of his life until he migrated to the United States in 2003. He was blessed to grow up in an environment where the Christian religion was present and in his college years was moved by the Holy Spirit to consider the importance and necessity of complete devotion to the Lord Jesus. With a desire to preach from an early age, after graduation from Morgan State University with an engineering degree he enrolled in Reformed Theological Seminary for theological training. Although he currently works full time for IBM as a Technical Consultant, Temi’s dream job is to Pastor God’s people. He has been gratefully married to his missing rib Modesta since 2016.
Matt Aldrich, Deacon
Matt and his wife Stephanie have two daughters and a son. They both graduated from Grove City College with engineering degrees in 2011 and got married later that same year. They began attending City of Hope in 2014 after teaching English as missionaries abroad. Matt now works as an engineer and Stephanie stays home with the children. Both Matt and Stephanie helped to start the ESL program at City of Hope, and Matt currently teaches the advanced class.
Eric Jones, Deacon
Eric and his wife, Victoria, hail from North Carolina, where they met in high school and married in 2010. They spent the next five years in Boston as Eric attended graduate school. During their time there, Eric and Victoria were active in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, through which they led a small-group Bible study and ministered to the graduate community on campus. After graduation in 2015, they moved to Maryland and began attending City of Hope. Eric now works as a materials engineer and Victoria writes and lectures about the intersection of art and theology.
Tom Miller, Ruling Elder
Tom and his wife, Alyson, are the proud parents of six beautiful girls. He and Alyson met as college students at the University of Maryland and married shortly after college. Tom teaches high school math; he has taught 3 years at an international school in Malaysia and 13 years at Laurel High School in Prince George’s County. The Millers have been involved with City of Hope Church since the church began in 2007.
James Rankin, Deacon
James and his wife, Nancy, are the proud parents of two daughters, one who is in college and one who has just graduated. The Rankins have been involved with City of Hope Church since its founding in 2007, and before that, with its predecessor, Mt. Zion Covenant Church. James works as an engineering consultant.
Mark Samuel, Ruling Elder
Mark and Laura Samuel met through their involvement with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Maryland. While in school, they both began attending a Mount Zion Covenant Church and became members. Shortly after graduating, Mark and Laura were married and started leading the church’s youth ministry together. Mark also began his seminary education, taking the first steps toward discerning a possible calling to full time pastoral ministry. Mark graduated this past spring with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.B.S) degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently working on becoming a licensed minister with the PCA.
Ronny Wahba, Ruling Elder
Ronny and Tiffany Wahba reside in Laurel, MD with their sons, Simon and Dexter and daughter Ann. They have attended City of Hope since its inception in 2007, and attended Mount Zion before that (2004). They were married in 2008 after meeting one another in August of 2004 at the University of Maryland’s Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Chapter. They enjoy spending time together and with their church family. Ronny is a Professional Engineer who analyzes vehicle accidents and Tiffany stays at home with their children and volunteers as an RN at the Laurel Pregnancy Center.