Thursday, July 18, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019
Rev. Eric S. Park
The Rev. Eric S. Park has served as the Butler District Superintendent since July 1, 2018. 

The son of a United Methodist pastor who also served as a district superintendent, Eric spent his childhood and youth in three Western Pennsylvania towns -- Washington, Grove City, and Indiana, where he graduated from Indiana Area Senior High School in 1984.  He says he learned to read with a Bible in one hand and a comic book in the other. He wrote his first song in ninth grade and has been doing his best to create music ever since.  
Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA; a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina; and a doctoral degree from Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey.
Eric and his wife Tara met in 1986 when they were both students at Dickinson College. Cast as romantic leads in the college musical, their first kiss was on stage. The rest is history.

Their ministry has touched many lives in Western PA and beyond. After serving three years as pastor of First UMC in McDonald, Eric was appointed in 1995 as an associate at Christ UMC in Bethel Park. There he and Tara launched a popular Sunday evening contemporary worship service with progressive rock band Ten-Point-Ten. Tara played keyboard and was vocalist. In 2005, she released her first solo CD, Things Unseen, with music and lyrics written by Eric. Since then, the couple has released two other CDs, mostly with original music.

In July 2002, Eric moved to Central Highlands Community UMC as senior pastor and served there until he was appointed to fill a vacancy as superintendent of the Washington District beginning Jan. 1, 2009. Four years later, after the longtime pastor of Butler First UMC passed away after a long bout with cancer, was called to serve as senior pastor there. 

Eric was nominated by the annual conference as a candidate for Bishop in both 2008 and 2012. He served on the denomination’s General Board of Discipleship from 2008-2016, often serving in leadership positions.

He has served on several Conference boards and agencies, including the Board of Ordained Ministry, Parish and Community Development and Discipleship. He has also been a board member for Jumonville and the United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.

His blog, A Gracious Graffiti, can be found at https://pewboy.net/.

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