Eric’s early childhood was growing up on the far southside (Matteson) of Chicago and in Freeport, Bahamas where he learned to swim in the ocean and sing at St. Mary’s School by the Sea. Eric’s father left the family in the Bahamas so he, his mom Helen, and sister Robin returned and spent the rest of his youth growing up just outside Chicago in the small town of Manteno living with Eric’s grandparents, and a semi-crippled and loving Uncle Charlie.
Eric comes to Faith with over twenty years of experience serving churches in Wisconsin, S. Carolina, Va, Ct, Ill. and Pa. Eric is experienced in various positions of ministry from Youth pastor, Associate pastor, Church-planting pastor to Lead pastor. Eric has traveled to Europe, India, and China in missions work and pastor training as well as doctoral studies in Israel and Jordan. He has also spoken in the Big Ten & NFL chapels and No Regrets men's conferences.
Eric earned B.A. and M.A. Degrees in Religion (M.Div equivalency) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Eric’s doctoral project is “The Role of Preaching As A Valued Component In A New Testament Model of Discipleship” (2008). Eric studied Advanced Expository Preaching under Haddon Robinson and D.A. Carson. While Eric served on the EFCA Board, he also had the honor of serving on the Tenure Committee of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.
Eric met his wife and childhood sweetheart, Chris, at a dance recital for his sister, Robin when he was in seventh grade. They have three adult children: Jessica (married to Aaron), Heather (married to Ben), and Derek (married to Casey) and two grandkids, LJ & Sophia. Chris and Eric do marriage retreats for local churches as well as for pastors and wives.
Eric enjoys travel, dinner and a movie, playing guitar, listening to all kinds of music, Ford Mustangs, and sports of all kinds but especially basketball. Eric also participates in triathlons. Eric has participated in local theatre where he got the lead role as Fred, the lawyer, in Miracle on 34th Street and as the Advertising Executive in Twelve Angry Men.
Contact Pastor Eric - erictober46 (at) gmail.com
Doug enjoys teaching and reasoning together about the most important matters of life, building an understanding of what’s true and why, and developing the kind of virtuous character that Jesus taught and exemplified. He leads in reaching out to those in need and in building up those in Christ to love God and love one another more deeply. Doug and his wife, Heather, have three children.
He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College, studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, earned an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology, and has an M.A. in Philosophy from Ohio State University.
Loren loves to help the local church worship, equipping and teaching others and watching them succeed. Loren, his wife Lizzy and their sons Gabriel and Elliot recently moved to Dublin. In his not so spare time he is also a worship coach with adlib music and a musician.
Jen and her husband Jeff have attended Faith Community Church for 3 1/2 years. They have three beautiful daughters: Savanna, Annabelle, and Elianna. The Norders moved to Dublin in 2015 from Grand Rapids, MI where they attended Celebration Bible Church for 15 years. Jen served as a Sunday school teacher for several age groups, was the commander for the Awana program, served as the children sermon leader, and was the director of Vacation Bible School. In addition, Jen and Jeff participated in the worship team and lead a Bible Study for young marrieds.
Jen has a BA in dance from Hope College with a minor in Religion. Jen was the founder and director of a liturgical dance troupe called Master’s Hands for 12 years. She has a passion for youth and want them to know they play an important role in serving God and spreading His Gospel.
Behind the scenes, Hope keeps this place running. We are very thankful for all she does.