Petek Altuğ was born in İstanbul, Turkey, to her Turkish-American family where she grew up attending the Union Church of İstanbul. Her parents were living and working there as ‘tent-makers’ for over 20 years. She accepted Christ into her heart as a 5-year-old when an Auntie from the church asked her classroom. However, she fully committed to choosing to walk with Christ as Lord in the 8th grade, and was baptized following her 9th grade year before moving to the USA. She attended the rest of high school in New York, before moving to the Boston area to attend Wellesley College. During her college years she became involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on her campus and started attending CBCGB in 2005 as part of ICF.
Since then, she has grown deeper in her faith, accepting God’s call on her life to serve in full-time ministry of Kingdom proclamation both to college students with InterVarsity (2008-2015) and to serve with a Christian NGO serving adolescent youth and children in Uganda and Nigeria (2015-2020). At CBCGB from 2005-2021, she has served as a Youth counselor, on ICF Core, as an ICF counselor, Adult and Children’s Sunday School teacher, on the ushering team, on the transportation team, on Cross Bridge’s Leadership team Core, and other CB committees. She previously served in Uganda as a missionary supported by CBCGB. She recently graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Masters of Intercultural Studies and a Masters of Theology.
Since 2020, she is currently serving with InterVarsity as the Regional Champion of Justice and Global Engagement for college students across New England. She enjoys living in Waltham, MA with her housemate and partnering with other Christian organizations across the city to share the love of God with those in our communities.