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.
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.
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.
Lauren grew up in Faith Community Church and had life changing experiences through the church and youth group. She went away to college, and returned with great joy in January 2016 to lead the youth ministry. Lauren is also a full time social worker and during her free time loves to run and spend time with family and friends.
Behind the scenes, Hope keeps this place running. We are very thankful for all she does.