Rev. Eric M. Estes was born in Long Branch, NJ and was raised in Orlando, FL. He was baptized into Christ at Prince of Peace LC of Howell Township, NJ. He was confirmed at Resurrection LC of Orlando, FL. He graduated from Florida International University in Miami, FL with a B.S. in Management Information Systems. After a short period serving in the Information Technology field Pastor Estes enrolled at Concordia Seminary St. Louis and received a Master’s of Divinity in 2008. He served as sole-pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer of Columbus, GA for twelve years. While at Redeemer he served three terms on the Pastoral Conference Planning Committee of the LCMS FL-GA District. He was also a member of the Muscogee Rotary Club—Columbus where he served as Club President for one term and Programs Chair for two terms. Pastor Estes is married to his childhood friend Jennifer, nee Sabin. He and Jennifer have three school-age children, Benjamin, Joshua, and Elizabeth. In his spare time Pastor Estes enjoys spending time with his family, cooking (especially barbecue), reading, doing yard work, watching movies, and listening to music.