Leadership

Eric Mock
Lead Pastor

Eric worked as a flight test engineer for ten years on various military aircraft programs, fulfillng a childhood dream to work at Johnson Space Center on the International Space Station and 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, after feeling called to begin a local ministry, planted River's Edge Bible Church. Eric continues his missionary ministry with SGA as the Vice President of Ministry Operations while serving as the lead pastor of River's Edge. Kristi, in addition to her efforts at the church, 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.


Eric Johnson
Elder

Eric Johnson graduated from Briercrest College in Caronport, SK, Canada in 2011 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. Soon after graduation, Eric began attending River’s Edge Bible Church, where he now serves as an elder. He currently leads the music ministry, teaches the weekly youth and young adult Bible study, and preaches occasionally during the Sunday morning worship service. In the summer of 2013, Eric married Jesse, whom he met at Bible college in Canada. Jesse continues to be a faithful partner in the ministry, while also working as head of communications for Freeport School District. In addition to his responsibilities at River’s Edge, Eric is currently pursuing an M.A. in Teaching.
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