Josh James is one of the founding pastors of TRP. He is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College (BS, Bible Education), Westminster Theological Seminary (MAR, Biblical Studies), and Fuller Theological Seminary (PhD, Old Testament).
He is the primary teacher on Sunday evenings. Throughout the week, he spends most of his time haunting local coffee shops, meeting with people, and trying to write something (anything).
If you are a college or graduate student or if you live near a research library, you should tell the staff to buy his book, The Storied Ethics of the Thanksgiving Psalms (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Series; Bloomsbury). He gets $2.50 per copy sold, so you’d be helping to feed his children half of one meal.
Josh is married to Kate. She is an assistant professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a part-time clinician at her own practice, Driven Physiotherapy. Their main hobbies include eating good food and trying not to fall asleep while watching a good television series on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime/HBO/Showtime. In their spare time, they talk about how nice it would be to go to the gym.
They have two kids (which means the aforementioned spare time is a myth), Abram (4) and Jude (2). They are both beautiful and charming young gentlemen, who enjoy art, sports, hitting each other, and being all cute and stuff.
Josh listens to podcasts (his favorites are This American Life, Radiolab, The Bible for Normal People, Homebrewed Christianity, and Truth’s Table) and sports talk radio when he is in the car. And he reads a bunch of nerdy books about the Bible, you know, for fun.
Doug McKinney is a commissioned CBF church starter, an ordained minister, and one of the founding pastors of TRP. He is a graduate of Rogers State University.
Since 2013, Doug has done a good bit of everything at TRP. His primary responsibilities are overseeing TRP’s kids ministry and small groups and managing the various administrative and executive duties of the church. He is bi-vocational, meaning, in addition to his work at TRP, he is employed full-time by the Bank of Delmarva.
Doug and his wife, Rachel, have five kids: Brynna, Caden, Tobias, Jaxon, and Charis. They are all passionate about Texas sports teams, especially the Rangers. From February through November, you can probably find Doug and the boys playing baseball in the backyard or at their second home, the West Salisbury Little League.
Suzi Peterson is the newest member of TRP’s leadership team. Professionally, Suzi serves as a special education teacher in Wicomico County. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. (She is a proud Pirate!)
Her responsibilities at TRP are widespread. She leads a small group with her husband, Tracy. In this role, she is able to care for and foster relationships with many college students and young adults. She also plans a pretty mean party. So any dinner or get together that we have, Suzi is probably the one organizing it. Most recently, she has developed a heart for missions, and is helping TRP go beyond our walls and into the community. She’s passionate about discovering the needs in our city and leading folks to meet them effectively.
She has been married to Tracy for almost 19 years. Together, they are parents to three amazing children – Dori, Chloe, and Noah.
Tessa Stultz is TRP’s Worship and the Arts Coordinator. She has her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Salisbury University, with a focus on graphic design.