Meet the Pastor

Pastor Erickson PhotoBror Erickson has been a pastor since 2004 when he graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary and took his first call to be pastor of First Lutheran Church in Tooele, Utah, where he ministered for 10 years. It was there that he met his beautiful and loving wife Laura. He has one son, John, with whom he enjoys camping, hiking, rock hounding, skiing and floating the Animas River.

Growing up as the oldest son of Pastor John Erickson, he inherited a love for the gospel and God’s people, as well as an insatiable thirst for adventure and a love for foreign languages. His earliest memories are of Ft. McMurray in Alberta, Canada, where he lived after having briefly resided in North Dakota and Springfield, Illinois, where his dad attended seminary. From there he moved on to Venice Beach, California, while his dad studied Setswana at UCLA for his work with the Bleckmar Mission Society of Bleckmar, Germany, in the town of Jwaneng Botswana. Later he lived in Staples, Minnesota, which accounts for his Northwoods accent, followed by Lancaster, California, after which he left home to work on a ranch in central Montana. Later he joined the Air Force and served as an electrician in the Civil Engineers, earning the NATO Medal for his participation in operations in the former Yugoslavia while stationed in Aviano, Italy. He finished an Associate’s Degree while stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., then headed to Concordia University, Irvine, to finish a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, with a Biblical Language Emphasis under the tutelage of Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, co-host of the nationally-syndicated radio program White Horse Inn, and author of The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church.

After graduating from Irvine, Pastor Erickson went to Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, receiving a Master of Divinity Degree in Pastoral Theology and Church History. While there he also learned Swedish and began translating and publishing the works of Bishop Bo Giertz, most famous in the United States for his beloved novel The Hammer of God. This novel was instrumental in Pastor Erickson’s own decision to become a pastor, after it robbed him of an entire night’s sleep in Rome. The pastoral spirit of Bo Giertz has continued to influence Pastor Erickson as he continued to translate and publish his works, including: To Live With Christ (a devotional following the entire church year), The Knights of Rhodes (another delightful novel illustrating the Lutheran Theology of the Cross against the background of the Turkish Siege that drove the Knights Hospitaller from their island fortress of Rhodes), and Then Fell the Lord’s Fire, (a collection of the bishop’s ordination sermons and essays on pastoral theology). He has also translated from German Hermann Sasse’s collection of sermons entitled Witness. He currently occupies his free time with numerous translation and publication projects in various stages of completion. He has also recently begun writing for the Lutheran youth organization, Higher Things as an art and culture critic, as well as maintaining his blog, Expository Lutheran, where he is busy blogging his way through the New Testament.

However, the one thing Pastor enjoys most in life is sharing the love of Christ and the forgiveness of sins with sinners like him, that they may find peace, joy and hope in their lives also. This love and joy affects every aspect of his life from family and work to his many and various hobbies.