Erik was born and raised in Maryland and grew up in Middletown. Frederick County is home to him and he is thrilled that he can serve the community he loves. Enjoying cross-cultural experiences and dialogue, he has travelled the world extensively, visiting approximately 21 countries across the globe and living 6 years in the Middle East. Being in a cross-cultural marriage, helping people bridge cultural gaps is a passion he and his wife share. He is an Eastern Orthodox Christian and has studied theology extensively. He is an actor in his spare time, specializing in improv. Erik also plays the guitar.