Meet Our Minister

Rev. Dr. Eric Atcheson

 

Rev. Dr. Eric Atcheson brings to Valley Christian Church a decade of ministry experience with congregations in California and Washington state. A lifelong Disciple of Christ, Pastor Eric was the minister of First Christian Church in Longview, Washington, for nearly seven years, and he has also served temporary two-year ministry stints with First Christian Church in Concord, California, and First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Washington.

 

Pastor Eric’s call to ordained ministry came on a dramatic weekend in 2004 when he was a young adult, preaching before his childhood congregation in the Kansas City area. A childhood friend of his had died in an automobile wreck that night, and though devastated by the death of his friend, Pastor Eric still preached his message. While preaching, he experienced the warmth and sunlight shining through the sanctuary’s skylights as a gift of the Holy Spirit akin to the Pentecost story of Acts 2. He has dedicated his life to Christian ministry ever since, and he was ordained a pastor by the Greater Kansas City region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2011.

 

Pastor Eric is an award-winning preacher and public speaker, and he enjoys unpacking Scripture with inclusive and dynamic preaching that inspires, guides, and even challenges, but never threatens. Born and raised in Kansas, he loves Birmingham and is a pastor in good standing in the Alabama-Northwest Florida region. He has authored two books from Church Publishing, the press of the Episcopal Church: Oregon Trail Theology: The Frontier Millennial Christians Face and How We’re Ready (2018), and On Earth as it is in Heaven: A Faith-Based Toolkit for Economic Justice (2020).

 

Pastor Eric lives with his wife and daughter in nearby Hoover, and in his spare time he enjoys reading, cooking, and going on walks with his family at one of Birmingham’s many parks or nature preserves. As a Jayhawker from Kansas married to a North Carolina Tar Heel, he is an avowed agnostic in the Alabama – Auburn rivalry.