The Executive Team is lead by the Senior Pastor and works together to shape the vision and direction of Element Church while creating alignment among its ministries.

Erik Lawson

Senior Pastor

Erik serves as the founding and Senior Pastor of Element Church. Following God’s calling, Erik founded Element Church in St. Louis in 2006 with just a handful of people. Today, Element Church is a multi-site congregation with 3 locations and a weekly attendance of over 5,000. Pastor Erik has over 33 years of ministry experience and currently leads Element by providing spiritual leadership and guidance to a diverse congregation. Erik has also authored and published two books, “God What’s Taking So Long” and “Overcoming Overwhelmed.”

Before launching Element, Erik was the lead youth pastor of Oneighty© at Church on the Move in Tulsa, where he oversaw the nation’s largest church youth program, with over 3,000 students attending each week. With an innovative communication style, a passion for empowering leaders, and practical Bible application, Erik aims to equip people to fulfill their God-given purpose and reach their full potential.


Executive Pastor, Element Everywhere

With over 25 years of ministry experience under his belt, Leo brings both passion and expertise to his role as Element Everywhere’s Executive Pastor. He holds a business degree from Evangel University, and oversees pivotal areas like Element campuses, weekend services, and creative arts. When he’s not busy pursuing Element’s mission, you can find Leo at home in Wentzville, Missouri with his wife LaDawna and their three kids. His decades of vocational ministry paired with a love for family make Leo an inspirational leader devoted to connecting people with God’s love.

dr. John Spurling

Executive Pastor, Ministries

John is an experienced pastor and ministry leader with over 35 year’s experience. He’s earned four degrees, including his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. At Element Church, John oversees some of the most important areas of ministry. He provides leadership for ministries like Discipleship, Small Groups, Student Ministries, and Element Church Leadership Institute. With John’s decades of experience and passion for equipping churches, Element’s ministries are in making an eternal impact.


Executive Pastor, Operations

Since 2006, Cisco has passionately served Element Church and its mission. With more than a decade of project management experience at a high level, he serves as the Executive Pastor of Operations. Cisco oversees key areas like accounting, human resources, facilities, and maintenance. This allows Element’s ministries and people to thrive. Cisco has been happily married to his wife Tiffany since 1998. They have two children and love being part of the Element family. With Cisco’s leadership and dedication, Element Church has been able to positively impact the community in amazing ways over the years.

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