As the Senior Pastor of Element Church, Erik provides teaching, leadership, and guidance for the church as a whole. Following a vision God gave him to plant a church in the St. Louis Area, he along with a small group of people launched Element Church in January 2006. He has been in ministry for over 30 years and is known for his innovative approach to communication. He is also the host of the All Out Leadership Podcast, wherein 10 minutes or less, you can grow deeper in your biblical leadership knowledge.

Prior to Element, Erik served as the Lead Youth Pastor of Church on The Move’s nationally acclaimed youth ministry, Oneighty©, overseeing the nation’s largest local-church youth ministry reaching more than 3,000 students every week. His heart is to equip leaders to change the world through practical leadership based on biblical principles.


Pastor Erik and Sunny married in December of 2021. Sunny comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise, but more importantly, she has a passionate love for Jesus and His people. Sunny holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and has an extensive background with 15-years of experience as a corporate HR executive and six years as an executive leadership coach. Her experience includes roles as a Senior HR professional for multi-national companies like Cummins and Thermo Fisher. Most recently, at the ZF Group as the Head of Learning and Organization Development. Sunny oversaw their Asia Pacific region, encompassing ten countries with 50 locations and 20,000 employees. She is the CEO and Founder of Executive Leadership International, a global leadership enabling company and provider of business strategy development, executive coaching, leadership transformation, and organizational effectiveness improvement. Her love for Jesus and His people and her executive skills make her an incredible asset to Element Church and its Leadership Team.