Taiwan Church Planters

About Eric

 

Eric was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and came to know Christ in high school through the preaching of Rev. Jim Byrne at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland. He then attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and was very involved with the campus fellowship under the leadership and discipleship of a full-time Presbyterian Campus Minister. After his freshmen year at Lafayette Eric began leading weekly bible studies and organizing outreach events on campus. During his summer breaks back at home he would often serve in his Church's Senior High Youth Ministry where he had the opportunity to meet with and mentor high school students.

The summer after graduation he worked full-time as an assistant to the College Pastor at Fourth Presbyterian. That summer he was able to lead bible studies, teach, and counsel college students. Shortly after this, Eric felt a strong call to full-time Christian ministry after coming to more fully grasp the wonders and glory of the Gospel through various writings and preaching from professors at Westminster Seminary in California.

In July of 2004 he moved to Escondido, California to begin his studies at Westminster Seminary and graduated in May 2009 with a Masters of Divinity. For three years during seminary Eric was able to intern with a church planter in Temecula, CA, and he took one year off from school to complete a internship with Mission to the World in Taipei, Taiwan with PCA Missionary Rev. Joel Linton. In Taipei Eric met his wife Annie and they were married in January 2009 at Lake of the Woods Church in Locust Grove, VA.

After graduating from Westminster in May 2009 he was given a unique opportunity to study Mandarin full-time for one year under a Taiwan Government scholarship program in Taipei City, Taiwan. The scholarship lasted from September 2009 to August 2010. During that time Eric and Annie became associate members of New Hope Church in Taipei which is a bilingual member congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Taiwan.

The pastors of that congregation are PCA Teaching Elders serving as Missionaries in Taiwan. Eric was also given some opportunities to preach at his church in Taipei as well as another mission work outside of Taipei and yet another located in central Taiwan. The vast majority of his time was spent studying how to read, write, speak and understand the Chinese language. His main purpose for studying Chinese was to further his ability to communicate the Gospel to the people of Taiwan and to be a blessing long-term to the Church in Asia. 

From April 2011 to September 2012, Eric was a Pastoral Intern at Christ Church Presbyterian in Irvine, CA. During that time he was trained and prepared for the Gospel Ministry in Taiwan. On October 21, 2012 Eric was ordained to the office of Evangelist in the Presbyterian Church in America. 

In June and July of this year Eric and and his wife Annie were assessed and trained by leaders of Redeemer City to City Asia which focuses on Gospel ministry and Church planting in large cities in the Asia and Pacific regions. 

 

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