At yesterday's service, Pepperdine's University Church announced that Eric Wilson has been appointed our full-time preaching minister. As long-time readers of this blog know, my wife and I came to faith relatively late in our lives in 1996 at Crossroads Church in Cincinnati, now the third largest church in America. Since moving to Malibu, we have been members of Pepperdine's University Church.
Over the past 25 years, we have been blessed by the the five pastors who have guided us on our spiritual journey: Brian Tome, Brian Wells, Chuck Mingo, Rich Little, and Al Sturgeon. We could not be more excited about Eric's appointment and are very much looking forward to deepening our faith under his leadership. Here is more about Eric:
Previously Eric served as Executive Minister at Sycamore View Church of Christ in Memphis Tennessee and as the Senior Minister at Fairview Road Church of Christ in Columbia Missouri. Eric has been married for 21 years to his wife Sharita and has two sons Canaan and Jordan. He is an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Wilson has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri. He has been a returning keynote speaker at the ACU Summit Lectureship and Workshop Leader at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures. Eric serves as the Spiritual Director for the National Racial Unity Leadership Summit and is a church organization consultant and missionary to Zambia.
Eric is the author of Faith: 7 Lessons (2016):
Spiritual growth and transformation don't have to be a possibility but a probability with these seven powerful concepts rooted in the way of Christ.
Faith is for all people seeking to make real substantive change in their lives. Whether it is a Christian seeking deeper faith, an artist pursuing richer creativity, a businessperson desiring greater productivity, or an athlete in need of a sharper edge, these seven powerful truths will aid in their development.
We have all been given the list of things we must do to succeed or grow. We have all either heard the message, attended the seminar, or bought the self-help book devoted to development. We have all heard the message, but very seldom has any real growth or development been achieved. Faith is for those who have tried and failed at those attempts. Because this book addresses what we must bring to the table for any of that information to take root. These seven profound concepts are the keys to unlocking the potential of all the systems, programs, and plans we have encountered in the past.