Eric was born in Indiana in 1983, but he spent the bulk of his life growing up in Kentucky. His desire to pursue ministry was kindled as a teenager. He graduated from Ozark Christian College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Literature. He later completed a Master’s Degree in New Testament from Lincoln Christian Seminary and a Master’s Degree in Missional Leadership from the Resurgence Training Center. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in New Testament from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
It was during his time at Ozark that Eric began to feel a prompting toward church planting. Following a stint as an Associate Pastor in Fishers, IN (2006-2009), Eric and his family moved to Lafayette, IN to plant City of God Church in partnership with Acts 29 and the SBC. The church began with a handful of students from Purdue University and now serves hundreds of people across the greater Lafayette/West Lafayette area.
Ph.D. New Testament (in progress)
Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary
Projected Completion: 2023
M.A. New Testament (2012)
Lincoln Christian Seminary
Thesis: The Passion Narrative and the Destruction of the Temple
Advisor: Dr. Chris Keith
M.A. Missional Leadership (2010)
Resurgence Training Center
Thesis: Trinitarian Spiritual Formation
B.A. Biblical Literature (2006)
Ozark Christian College
Courses Taken: Indiana University, Cincinnati Christian Seminary
City of God Church
Lead Pastor (Planter)
2009 – Current
Church Planting Lead for Indiana
2017 – Current
Prairie View Christian Church
Review of “Perspectives on Paul,” edited by Scot McKnight and B.J. Oropeza, Midwestern Journal of Theology, forthcoming (2021).
Review of “Four Portraits, One Jesus,” by Mark L. Strauss. Midwestern Journal of Theology, 20.1. Spring 2021
Learning to Embrace Our Weakness, Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership, August 2020.
Church Planting in Fear and Loneliness, The Gospel Coalition, June 2020.
Review of “Jesus the Messiah,” by Herbert W. Bateman IV, Darrell L. Bock, and Gordon H. Johnston. Themelios, November 2013.
Review of “Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity,” edited by Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne. Themelios, April 2013.
“Laodicea as Ephraim: The Influence of Hosea 11-14 on Revelation 3:14-22,” ETS Annual Meeting, New Testament – General Studies Section, Fort Worth, 2021 (forthcoming).
On Biblical Scholarship (Host) – Weekly conversations with biblical scholars about their background, research interests, and advice for aspiring scholars. (Ongoing)
Where the Gospel Meets the Evangelical Industrial Complex – Love Thy Neighborhood
Celebrating Church Planting Milestones – Churches Planting Churches Podcast (2020)
Evangelical Theological Society
Society of Biblical Literature
Institute for Biblical Research