Eric joined Christ Church as the Senior Pastor in 2019. Prior to coming to Christ Church, he served churches in the Chicago and Charlotte areas. He holds degrees in theology from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University and in philosophy from Middle Tennessee State University. Eric and his wife, Laura, have been married since August of 2000 and have five children - Lydia, Judah, Isaac, Asher, and Esther. Together they have served as missionaries in multiple Eastern European countries with CRU (formerly Campus Crusade), including a one-year STINT in Budapest, Hungary. Eric loves music. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has been in music ministry for over 20 years. Ten of those years were spent living in Nashville, where he was privileged to play with many award winning musicians. Eric has a passion for teaching God’s Word, sharing the Gospel of Christ, and discipling people as they grow in both their knowledge and love of Jesus.
Worship Arts Director / Youth Pastor
Joshua joined the staff at Christ Church in 2017. He leads and coordinates musical worship and creative expressions of worship at Christ Church, and he also heads ministry to teens and their families. He is a singer-songwriter, family man, amateur food aficionado and above all else a grateful son of the living God. He is husband to Julia and a father to Abigael and Brayden. He loves fun and adventure such as traveling, camping, hunting, fishing and athletics (basketball, golf, tennis and more), and he has journeyed across 47 states and 10 countries in music ministry. He has a degree in Church Music from Cedarville University and many years of worship arts experience. He has a passion to help Christ Church experience God's presence and express wholehearted worship. Joshua is excited to work with the youth to develop a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. Soli Deo Gloria!
Director of Children's Ministry
Julia joined the Christ Church staff in 2017 as the Director of Children’s Ministry. She leads the critically important ministry to children and their families. She is a graduate of Cedarville University in Ohio where she received a BA in Elementary Education. She spent several years teaching in various school settings (International, Christian, and public). Prior to coming to SC, she was the Director of Children’s ministry in a large church in Northern, MI. Julia loves children and families and it is her heartfelt desire and calling to serve Christ by actively reaching out to children and families to help them develop a life-long relationship with Jesus. Verses that sum up the Lord’s calling on her life are: ”We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord....Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands” (Psalm 78:4-7). She is married to Joshua, and mother to Abigael and Brayden.
Facilities & Special Projects
Jeff is our volunteer multi-tasking ninja who handles a wide variety of essential tasks at Christ Church. He joined the team in 2009 and he manages the facilities and generally helps make sure things run smoothly. For 35 years Jeff managed air traffic facilities around the country, including Chicago O’Hare Approach, Minneapolis Tower, and Cleveland tower. He has been married for over 40 years to his wife, Pat. They have one daughter Holly, a son-in-law Micah, and seven grandchildren.
Sherri Strickland is a CPA with a small local practice in Myrtle Beach. She specializes in bookkeeping, individual tax returns, and many other areas of public accounting. She joined the staff at Christ Church in 2020. Sherri has been a Christ Church member since 2013 and has served on both the Finance Team and the Leadership Team. She is a graduate of Clemson University, where she earned a BS in Accounting. Sherri is currently mom to “Poncho”, the Palomino who is a much loved member of the Myrtle Beach Therapeutic Riding and Vaulting Club. Sherri has two daughters, Waverly and Suni.
Leadership Team Members 2020