Erik and Christy Lawson are the founders of Element Church. Erik is a 25-year ministry veteran noted for his innovative approach to communication. Erik is renowned for his unique ability to bring the Bible to life in memorable ways using vivid illustrations mixed with humor and practical life application. His down-to-earth approach, relevance, genuine love for others, and passion to see them experience a growing relationship with God appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Prior to pioneering Element Church, Erik was on the staff of Church On The Move, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for more than twelve years under the leadership of Pastor Willie George. During this time, Erik served as Associate Youth Pastor and then as Lead Youth Pastor of Church On The Move’s nationally acclaimed youth ministry, Oneighty®. His forward-looking leadership style and out-of-the-box approach was instrumental in helping Oneighty® become the nation’s largest local-church youth ministry reaching more than 2,500 students each week.
Erik’s proven track record and refreshing approach to ministry and leadership make him a sought-after speaker across the country. As a published author, Erik’s book, "GOD, WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG?" is in high demand nationwide at major Christian retailers, online, and wherever Christian books are sold.
A devoted husband and father, Erik has been married to Christy, the love of his life, for more than 19 years, and he enjoys spending time with their three children Courtney, Brooke, and Wesley.