Erik and his wife, Maggie, have six children: Josiah, Abbie, Olivia, Kiley, Jedidiah, and Judah. Erik grew up in Florida and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where he attended high school at Chattanooga Christian School. After high school, he attended Covenant College where he met Maggie. After college, he served as a Youth Pastor in Chattanooga. Later he moved to Anniston, Alabama, where he was the youth pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church and soccer coach at Faith Christian School. In time, he received a Master's degree from Birmingham Theological Seminary and a Master's degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Later, he served as Assistant Pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church and taught Bible at Faith Christian School on top of his coaching responsibilities. In all, he served in Anniston for 19 years. Erik and his family moved to Jasper, TN in June 2016.