Erika Marksbury fell in love with the many ways FBC practices its progressive, inclusive, generous faith, and came on staff as its senior pastor in September 2015. Inspired by the congregation’s choice of the words of Matthew 25 to guide them, she is eager to join in discovering the many ways of living out the call to love and care for all of our neighbors.
Over the years, her faith has been shaped by the American Baptist congregation she grew up and was ordained in; an internship focused on racial reconciliation and community development in Jackson, Mississippi; the chance to learn about poverty, hope, and resilience while working in Machakos, Kenya; and the years she spent teaching religion and literature at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. Her understanding of church and all the possibilities it has for doing good in the world was formed by Saint Andrew Christian Church, the creative, justice-seeking Disciples of Christ congregation in Olathe, Kansas that she served as Associate Pastor from 2010 to 2015.
A graduate of Ottawa University (B.A., English) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Erika is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where her research and writing is focused on ritual. She blogs at sentfor.wordpress.com, and she coordinates Practicing Families (practicingfamilies.com), a blog where parents (and others!) share the wonderful/terrible/funny/thoughtful adventures that come from engaging in a life of faith…with children.
Erika and her husband, Rick (who’s excited about all the good music and great wine in this region), and their two elementary-aged sons (who get all their best (worst?) ideas from Calvin and Hobbes comics) make their home in McMinnville.