Eric loves his role as the Executive Pastor of Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee, as a coach, developer and overseer of the staff and ministries. He also loves being the right hand support of his friend and founding Senior Pastor, Jeff Simmons. Eric has been at Rolling Hills for 5 years as their Executive Pastor and has served in the Executive Pastor role for a total of 20 years.
Eric received his bachelor’s degree from Judson University in Elgin, IL and his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. During his 30+ years of ministry Eric has served in churches in Illinois, California and Tennessee as a youth pastor, adult ministries pastor, small groups pastor, associate pastor, worship pastor, men’s pastor and Executive Pastor.
Eric also loves to serve the church at large. As a writer, Eric was a contributing author for Group Publishing’s “Men’s Ministry in the 21st Century” book. In addition, he has written for magazines / web pages such as XPastor, Church Executive, Rev! and had a monthly column in Church Solutions magazine. Eric serves the church at large through consulting and seminar presenting in areas of staff relations, multi-site, church leadership and church HR.
As much as Eric enjoys ministry, his real joy and first ministry is his family. He has been married to Rachel for 30 years and they live in Columbia, TN. They have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren – Luke (and daughter-in-law Megan and granddaughters Penelope (2) and Polly (6 months)), Adam (and daughter-in-law Sierra), and Chloe. They also have a much-loved Cocker Spaniel, Penny. A man of faith, he never had a doubt (ok, maybe a little doubt) that his beloved Chicago Cubs would one day win the World Series. Now that that day has come, he is now believing for 5 or 6 more World Series victories in the decade ahead!