What does it take to begin a relationship with God? Do you need to devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Must you become a better person so that God will accept you? Learn how you can know God personally.
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Everyone has their own spiritual journey with the Lord. How can we help you move forward in yours today? Take the next step in your faith journey with devotionals and other resources for spiritual growth.
If you were created for community, why can relationships — family, dating, co-workers, neighbors — be so hard? Explore resources to help you live out your life and relationships in a way that honors God.
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Sharing your faith is one of our most important callings as followers of Christ. Learn to develop your skills, desire and ability to join others on their spiritual journeys and take them closer to Jesus.
Help others in their faith journey through discipleship and mentoring.
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Advancing the Great Commission using digital tools.
Engaging around sports to help athletes think and live biblically.
How we seek to journey together with everyone towards a relationship with Jesus.
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What we believe about the gospel and our call to serve every nation.
When the global church comes together then powerful things can happen.
Leading from values so others will walk passionately with God to grow and bear fruit.
Erick became interested in Jesus for the first time when he saw a pastor stand up for racial justice in his Northern Kentucky hometown. Shortly after, one of his high school teachers became a Christian and shared with Erick how he could have a personal relationship with God. Erick gave his life to Jesus in the high school parking lot.
Shortly after, Erick left Kentucky for Harvard College, and became involved in a dynamic Christian movement. After graduation, he led a church-planting team of college friends that established a church and an elementary school in Massachusetts. While leading this church, Erick earned two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Harvard in the Study of Religion. During this time he and his wife, Elizabeth, developed a desire to take God's love to some part of the world that had few Christians and needed to know God's love.
Erick and Elizabeth moved to Central Asia and Erick served as director of a non-profit organization from 1999 until 2012, working in the fields of education and economic development. During that time Erick also worked alongside JESUS Film® teams in Central Asia, started a Bible school and served as director of a movement of nationally-led churches. He then served for five years as strategy director for North Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia for Campus Crusade for Christ. Erick became the third executive director of The JESUS Film Project in March 2012, succeeding Jim Green and founder Paul Eshleman.
Erick and Elizabeth, married for 40 years, have five children and three grandchildren. Erick enjoys running, watching the Red Sox and Celtics, and fishing with his grandkids.
Erick and Elizabeth Schenkel share of how a phsyical attack did not stop them from their calling.
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