Eric and Kristi Mock have resided in Pecatonica since 2007. They are blessed to have three married children, and five grandchildren. Eric worked as a flight test engineer for ten years on various military aircraft programs, fulfilled a childhood dream in working at Johnson Space Center on the International Space Station and then finally on the Space Shuttle program. Yet in 1999, God convicted Eric’s heart that he was living a fake Christian life. Eric with saving faith in Jesus, repented of his sins and began following hard after God.
Leaving extended family, friends, and dreams behind, the Mock family moved in 2002 to Rockford, Illinois, to begin ministry with Slavic Gospel Association (SGA). Eric and Kristi travel throughout the nations of the former Soviet Union, and across the USA, to serve faithful Bible-preaching churches as they reach out to the community around them with the life saving and changing Gospel. Eric’s passion is to see God’s people serve and live their lives on mission for the sake of Christ. In 2007, Eric and Kristi moved to Pecatonica and shortly after felt the call to begin a local ministry and Rivers Edge Bible Church was formed. Eric continues his missionary ministry with SGA as the Vice President of Ministry Operations and continues as the lead pastor of Rivers Edge. Kristi additionally serves at the Pregnancy Care Center in Freeport, Illinois.
Eric has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A in International Development, and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.