The Rev. Erik R. Schmidt is first and foremost a man who has been very blessed to be the husband of an incredible wife, father of three amazing children, and pastor of a church in the Detroit area that loves having fun almost as much as they love Jesus.
Erik has two graduate and one undergraduate degrees, all in religion and theology. He has been a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod since 2011, but had previously spent time in nearly every Protestant denomination (and non-denomination…) in between being raised Lutheran and returning to it. LCMS Doctrine (What a group believes) is the reason he is Lutheran, because he believes it to be most faithful to biblical teaching. He is sometimes in disagreement with certain practices and opinions, but the solid, biblical foundation of the LCMS church body and their history of “read, believe, understand” in that specific order is unlike any other he has found. He used to believe denomination didn’t matter, but now understands that being taught the Truth matters far more than being simply entertained or manipulated emotionally.
Erik half-jokingly calls himself a “Renegade Lutheran Pastor” because of a general lack of affection for Lutheran things like hymnals, pipe organs, vestments and pulpits, though he absolutely respects those things and believes they have their place. In fact, while he believes in presenting the timeless Truth of God with a modern sound, he also believes that faithful ministry and worship style are uniquely contextual to each congregation and the community within which it is called to serve.
He believes that humor, honesty and integrity are essential to being a pastor. He believes that real discipleship means being real, being yourself, and being thankful that you are forgiven in and by Jesus Christ, because you come as you are… but you don’t stay that way. That also means being more forgiving of others.
Erik has previously taught collegiate courses in philosophy and religion, worked in retail management, and dabbled in several other “odd jobs” along the way, all of which have contributed in some way to the man he is today. He loves a good movie. He love most all kinds of music. He is a devoted fan of Detroit’s “Big Four” professional sports teams, as well as the University of Michigan. He knows a lot about a little and a little about a lot, and he lives to make people laugh.