Here is the statement that Fairfax Community Church kindly sent to me.
Thanks for contacting us about Eric. Here is our response to your inquiry about Eric’s employment at Fairfax Community Church.
Eric began attending Fairfax Community Church in 2003 after his release from the Fairfax Detention Center.
- Eric began attending a recovery group at the church for men who face similar life challenges. It was in this context that we became aware of this personal history.
- Eric was hired part time in July 2006 to provide computer support. Over time this job expanded to full time hours.
At the time Eric joined our staff we jointly reached a number of agreements:
- We ensured Eric was in full compliance with the requirements of his probation. While he was on probation, the probation officer met with Eric at the church.
- We established physical boundaries for Eric’s use of the building; by his own initiation, Eric asked that he be restricted from areas of children’s ministries and that his workspace be placed in a space open and highly visible to the rest of the staff. An internet filter was placed on all the church’s computers.
- Our staff and lay leadership is fully informed of Eric’s personal history; his story has been shared in some small group settings. He shared his struggle at a weekend service a number of years ago.
Eric’s current duties include:
- Overseeing the men’s groups for sexual addiction and chemical dependence. He does countless hours of follow-up and is the go-to person in the middle of the night for those who struggle in this area. He only oversees the care of males over 18 years of age.
- He is uniquely qualified to provide ministerial support to men who are suicidal, facing prison terms, or who have lost their families due to their addictions. He speaks at other groups and churches often telling his story.
Eric’s history enables him to minister to men who face rejection and isolation elsewhere. This is why his title at FCC is Care Director.
Fairfax Community Church