Erik is responsible for St Barnabas Church and is married to Jane, who is a schoolteacher at Ayresome Primary School; they have two grown up sons, Andrew and Paul. Erik trained as a curate at St Barnabas Church before moving to Hull where they spent ten happy years and was vicar of St Martin’s parish. They returned to Middlesbrough in 1998 when he became vicar. Erik says “We love St Barnabas and the area in which it is set. Seeking to follow Christ has led us in to adventures and challenges we would never have dreamed of and we are deeply grateful to God for calling us into the kingdom of his Son.”