SPEAKER | LEADER | SPIRITUAL FATHER
Erik has been married to his wife, Emily, for 11 years and they have a full house with four sons! Erik has served in ministry for over 15 years in various capacities and spoken for local churches, mission organizations, and camps.
“I met Jesus in High School and He continued to draw my attention toward Him. I never intended to be in ministry (or to follow Jesus for that matter) but God had different plans. All people are called to the ‘ministry of reconciliation’ and, as I got to know God more, I realized that He had a calling on my life as well.”
Erik has a passion to see the Kingdom of heaven manifested in the lives of those he influences. He values relationship-based discipleship that cultivates a passionate pursuit of three things: knowing Jesus, Christian community, and advancing the Gospel. He believes we must engage the culture as Christ-followers to see Gospel transformation take place.
“We live in a one of the most tumultuous moments in history as the influence of Christendom fades in the West. I believe there is great opportunity to see the Gospel shine in it. The typical, attractional models of church are no longer working in the Western context and it’s time to pioneer a shift in thinking about the way we view church. I believe our next step of ecclesiological innovation is found in the roots of the first century church. In order to re-embrace our identity as the Church (instead of services or buildings), we must become Christ-centered, missionally focused, and discipleship minded. It’s in this environment that the Holy Spirit births movements and the spark of revival fans into flame.”
After being seasoned in the ministry contexts of church planting, adult formation, preaching, and mission work in New Orleans, Erik went back to school to get his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Seminary. In 2015, Erik graduated from the 10,000 Fathers Worship School which has a heavy emphasis on cultivating self-awareness as a shepherd as well as discipleship movements using 3DM principles. Erik recieved his undergrad degree from Southwestern College [now Arizona Christian University] in 2004 with a Bachelors in Christian Ministry [emphasis on Counseling].
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