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Eric has lived in State College since 2015 as a collegiate missionary at Penn State. He took over as director of New Life Student Fellowship in 2017. Eric is passionate about college students. He believes that this is one of the greatest mission fields with some of the greatest potential too. College students are making decisions that impact the rest of their lives constantly, and through discipleship in Jesus, they begin to give all aspects of their lives to Him.
Eric is originally from Patuxent River, MD. He went to Virginia Tech and then served in college ministry for four years before seminary. He is a graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological with his MDiv.
Eric met his wife Kate in 7th grade and the two have been married since 2008. Kate is a graduate of Messiah College, works as a Physical Therapist, and also has a passion to disciple collegians. They have three children, Fynn, Maggie, and Lucy.
What are the benefits you hope our churches will receive as a result of your work/role at the BRN?
I have always seen my role is bigger than Penn State, which is already big. We get four years with students, a short season of their life, but an important season of their life. We want to receive students well from our churches to continue to disciple their young people. We want to give them a vision for making disciples and reaching the lost. Then we want to send them out, as a missional movement to churches ready to reach the community. So our vision expands passed the four years we have with them.
I also want to help churches connect their students to faithful communities wherever their youth end up. We connect to a broad network within SBC college world, and even if their youth do not attend Penn State, I am passionate to help connect somewhere else as well. So our vision is church focused and broader than our State College context.