Erik and Christy Lawson are the founders of Element Church. Following a vision God gave them for a different kind of church, they launched Element in January of 2006. As the Senior Pastor, Erik provides teaching, leadership, and guidance for the church as a whole. He has been in ministry over 30 years and is 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 served as Associate Youth Pastor and then as the 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 3,000 students each week.
Erik is a devoted husband and father. He has been married to Christy, the love of his life, for more than 20 years, and he really enjoys spending time with his family.