About Us Erik Evenson – Under-shepherd/Pastor
God changed my story so much for the better.
I was a bartender for several years and an entrepreneur for a few years. For most of my life, I couldn’t have cared less about God. I think for the greater part of my adult life I worked actively against Him. I would say I lived most of my life as “a practical atheist.” I know that my list of sins is much longer than the great majority of people reading this. I don’t think anyone would’ve ever thought I would become a pastor. [I know I didn’t.] But God had mercy on me, and I believed. I met the living Lord Jesus Christ, and in His grace, He forgave me, and He gave me a new life, a new heart—and a brand new story with eternal purpose.
Now I walk with Him. I know He is always with me. My heart’s desire is to grow to be more like Him each day. And I will never get over Him. I am so far from perfect it’s almost funny, but I know God loves me despite my weaknesses, imperfections, and yes, sins.
Sue and I went through a difficult time in our marriage—but God brought us through it. Now God uses us to help restore even the most broken of marriages. It is true—“For with God, nothing is impossible.” (Luke 1:37) We have two sons, Matthew and Luke, and a very funny cat named Rocky. We love kids, teens, singles, parents and people of every sort. Our dream is to see people be set free to become who God created them to be.
God wants your story to be part of His Great Story. How awesome is that? Over the years, I had some excellent training; however, the best training I have received was in actual pastoral ministry where I saw people at their best and their worst, and learned to Love like He loves. God and a few other people also saw me at my best, and my worst—and loved me there. For this, I will always be grateful.
I have received both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Christian Counseling & Discipleship degrees from the institution now know as Capital Seminary and Graduate School (formerly Capital Bible Seminary). I attended Georgetown University (“Go You Hoyas!”) as an undergraduate. By God’s grace, I have had the opportunity to lead men’s discipleship groups, marriage groups, mission trips, community outreaches, a Celebrate Recovery group and a prayer group. I also enjoy music, art, movies and sports of any kind (especially basketball). I am a writer who has written three books which I hope will be released in the near future. I currently belong to the Writer’s Center in Bethesda.