Eric's Vita

Ministry Posts

Sept 2011 – present: Senior Pastor, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Longview, WA

Aug 2009 – May 2011: Student Associate Minister, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Concord, CA

Pastoral Credentials

2011: Ordained by the Greater Kansas City Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

2009: 1 Clinical Pastoral Education unit, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA


2015 - present: Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Seattle University. Seattle, WA
            Concentration: Spiritual Leadership
            Anticipated completion: Summer 2018
            Thesis title: "For More than Ashes: A Qualitative Study of the Role of Christian Values in
            Labor Organizing in Cowlitz County, Washington"
            Thesis chair: Michael Reid Trice, Ph.D.

2011: Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
            With additional coursework at the University of California, Berkeley
            Concentration: Religion & Psychology

2011: Post-Baccalaureate Jewish Studies Certificate, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

2008: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
            With Honors in Communication for Speech and Debate
Major: Religious Studies.  Minor: Classical Studies

Honors and Awards

2011: Outstanding Seminarian Award, Disciples Seminary Foundation and Chalice Press

2011: 1st place, Richard Mapplebeckpalmer Preaching Award, Grace North Church

2009-2011: Granville T. Walker Preaching Scholarship, Walker Scholarship Foundation

2008-2011: Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Pacific School of Religion
2004-2008: Speech and Debate Merit Scholarship, Lewis & Clark College

2007: Dean’s List, spring semester, Lewis & Clark College

Religious Leadership and Service

Aug 2012 - Dec 2016: Member, Turner Lectures Committee, Northwest Region, CC (DOC)

May 2014 - May 2016: Southwest area coordinator, Northwest Regional Board, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Aug 2013 - Aug 2015: Treasurer, Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association

Aug 2013 - May 2014: Member, Regional Assembly Planning Committee, Northwest Region, CC (DOC)

May 2012 - May 2014: Southwest area representative, Northwest Regional Board, CC (DOC)

Aug 2010 - May 2011: Seminary Representative, Global Ministries Council of Theological Students

Jan - May 2008: Member, Baccalaureate Worship Committee, Lewis & Clark College

Sept 2005 - May 2008: Student Leader & Co-Founder, Chapel Bible Study, Lewis & Clark College

Professional Memberships

January 2013 - present: Northwest Association for Theological Discussion

October 2011 - present: Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association

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