Executive Pastor of Community Development
Eric is passionate about serving God and others through the gifts God has given him. Eric has been a full-time pastor for 16 years, serving as a youth, college, young adults, young married, associate, and lead campus pastor. Eric is intentionally driven by his life mission statement: to be an authentic and consistent inspiration to others through passionate leadership and communication with truth.
Eric has always been inspired by and curious about leadership, organization, shepherding/coaching, God’s plan for His church, and how all of the pieces fit to create a healthy and thriving church and organization. Eric's curiosity led him to his degree work in Organizational Leadership and Development from Azusa Pacific University. This knowledge helped him become a Vice President with FutureSYNC International, an organizational development firm. He worked as a consultant with businesses and leaders as a facilitator and executive coach.
Eric is supported in ministry by his wife Shannon and two boys Jake and Caleb. As a family they have served in ministry in Lakewood, California and Billings, Montana. The Atherton family is amazed and excited about how the Lord has led them to serve Anchor Church and North Texas.