Eric Wolf is from Irmo, SC and had the good fortune to marry Lauren, a wonderful woman with questionable standards, in 2001. He is also a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who is currently serving as Assistant to the Bishop for Youth & Young Adult Ministry in the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA. In this role, he leads SCLCY (South Carolina Lutheran Church Youth). Eric also works with youth and adults to develop and lead youth ministry programs, provide resources for Youtherans by offering leadership opportunities and training, and help to make space for youth to steer their own ship in ministry by, with, and for youth. Providing skills training and continuing education for adult leaders of youth is another aspect of this call.
Eric also works with people who are interested in young adult ministry to develop a way to provide much needed ministries by, with, and for young adults by building community with a broad spectrum of people who are interested in this type of ministry.
“By building community first, we provide a touchstone for a group of leaders who usually feel alone in their efforts. We live into an example of the Church at its best — a place of welcome and belonging in the name of Jesus, where we struggle with what it means to be God’s people during a time in life when we all feel so disconnected from everything. It’s in these places of isolation, wandering, and fear that we encounter God in powerful ways — together.”
Eric graduated from Irmo High School in 1995, where he was a section leader in the award winning marching band as a tuba player, a Cadet Lieutenant Colonel in AFJROTC, and participated in chorus musicals and other activities. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2002, and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 2006. After a year of CPE residency with foci in hospice chaplaincy and community chaplaincy, he worked as a hospice chaplain for over two years for Genitive Hospice before taking a call to ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC in 2009. After serving there for six years, he accepted a call to his current position as Assistant to the Bishop of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA, which is certainly the most fun call in the synod.
Brian Foulks is a church planter/ lead pastor, an urban missionary, and a social activist. He has a passion for those nestled in the cortex of Hip Hop and church. Known for being an advocate for invading the culture with the truth of the scripture. He is considered to be a hybrid of the faith-connecting the seminary with the block, the unorthodox, hip hop culture with some of the liturgical aesthetics of the church. His mission is based on a need to redirect the efforts of the church toward a people group that society at large has been disinclined to engage. He has a B.S. in Recreation from Benedict College and a M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University. He is currently a student at Lutheran Theological Seminary.