Eric is a graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa and Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He was ordained as an Elder and elected into full membership in the Iowa Annual Conference in 1998.
Prior to his current appointment at Des Moines, First, Eric served as the Associate for University Student Ministries at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation in Ames (1993-1994), served as pastor at United Methodist churches in Perry, Rippey and Fairview (1994-2001), was the Iowa United Methodist Conference’s Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (2001-2007) and Leadership Development Minister for Young Adult and Generational Ministries for the Iowa Conference ( 2007-2013).
Eric is married to Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck and they reside in the Beaverdale area.
Eric is the father of two adult sons, Tad and Jonah.