After earning a B.S. in History and Political Science from Drexel University, Eric entered the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. Eric rose to the rank of Major and served as an F/A-18 “Hornet” pilot. During his twelve year military career he accumulated over 1,400 hours of flight time, deployed once each to Afghanistan and Iraq where he flew a total of 67 combat missions. He was medically retired from active service in May of 2008.
Eric became a follower of Jesus Christ while deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom in the Spring of 2002. After returning to the states he sensed God’s call to leave the military and pursue vocational ministry. As he prepared to leave the Marine Corps, God gave him the desire to plant churches and train men to be the spiritual leaders in their marriages, families and communities. Upon retirement Eric moved with his family to Forney, Texas in order to complete a Master of Theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. During his third year of seminary, Eric sensed that God was leading him to plant a church right in their Forney neighborhood, Travis Ranch. After much prayer and consideration the call was confirmed and Eric began making preparations to plant what would become Mission Church. The church began in the Creekmore’s home on January 16, 2011.
Eric and his wife, Heather, have four children. He enjoys spending time with his family, exercising and reading.
Family PastorJacob was born on Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, but was raised in the East Texas town of Terrell. In the summer of 2010, God began to work on Jacob’s heart and after a trip to Los Angeles, Jacob came to faith, by the grace of God, and became a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. After two years at a community college, Jacob felt called to a life of ministry. In August of 2014 Jacob became Mission Church’s Student Ministry Director and after two years of being discipled and serving, Jacob came on staff part-time as the Student Pastor in April of 2016. In September of 2016, Jacob came on staff full-time and became Mission Church’s Family Pastor where he is currently serving!
Jacob graduated from Dallas Christian College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry in May of 2015 and married Leah in June of the same year. They live in the Historic Downtown District of Forney, Texas with their tea-cup-pup, Bella. Leah is a Speech Pathologist for Mesquite ISD. Jacob loves eating Leah’s delicious cooking and loves to fish, read, and teach God’s Word.
His heart and passion is to see people grow in their faith and experience true life transformation. God has called him to disciple, as an example of someone who has seen what the Gospel can do in its power to bring about a changed life for the glory of God through the power of the Gospel, all in the context of everyday life.
Worship PastorBorn in Dallas, Aaron spent most of his early years in East Texas and feels incredibly blessed to have been raised in a Christ-centered home. He, along with his brother and sister, were homeschooled. Aaron believes this gave him a greater opportunity to be exposed to the gospel on a daily basis. With a strong foundation of the gospel, he gave his life to Christ at the age of six.
Learning to play guitar in his early teens, Aaron’s passion for music and praising God through it quickly became apparent. Whether he was just jamming to some Third Day with his buddies, or playing worship songs at his home-church, the times he was found without his guitar in hand were few and far between.
After moving to Forney, TX in the fall of 2008, Aaron really felt the lifelong calling God had placed on his life begin to surface. In early 2013, God made evident His plan, and brought Aaron to Mission Church where he eventually joined the worship team. Through answered prayers, confirmation, and guidance from Pastor Eric, Aaron took on the role of worship leader in January of 2014 and on December 18th, 2016 Mission Church announced Aaron’s ordination and promotion to Worship Pastor. Aaron has a passion for God and an eagerness to praise him that drives him as he leads.
Men's Ministry DirectorAfter High School, Pete joined the United States Marine Corp as an Avionics Technician. Following his five-year active duty commitment, he moved back to DeSoto Texas were he fell in love with Christine. They married in 1996 and started a family that would ultimately total 8 children (4 Boys and 4 Girls).
Early in his marriage, he realized that there was no way he was going to be able to take care of a wife and child on his own. So really wanting to be a great husband and father, he reached out for the Lord and committed his life to growing a real and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ. By God’s grace, Pete and his family were lead to Mission Church, where they found a genuine Gospel Centered Community. Although Pete is still growing in his faith and growing in his ability to lead his wife and children, he wants to ensure that all men are being properly equipped to become the man that God wants them to be. He firmly believes that a Husband/Father can either raise a family up or tear it down.
Pete lives in Kaufman Texas with his wife Christine and 7 of their children. Although Pete spends most of his time serving his family, he does enjoy dates nights with his wife, which can include dinner, shopping, dancing, running, shooting, or just sitting in their truck watching Netflix together.
Director of First Impressions
Rusty was born in Sherman, Texas, but grew up in the Dallas area. He grew up as a Pastor’s kid serving in every area of the church (even the occasional solo special!). Rusty came to faith in Jesus Christ in 1989 while attending a back-to-school youth revival at his church.
He attended Wesley Bible College and then pursued a degree in Elementary Education at Texas A&M Commerce. He currently serves as a 4th grade teacher in Greenville ISD. Rusty is a newlywed, married to his wife, Jennifer. Jennifer is a Staff Development Coordinator for Mesquite ISD. They live in the Travis Ranch community in Forney with their 3 fur babies. Rusty enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing tennis any chance he gets, and doing anything outdoors.
Rusty is passionate about connecting with people and making them feel at home here at Mission Church. He looks forward to helping others get connected and involved in serving at Mission.
Director of Prayer
Patrick was born in Dallas, Texas, and has always lived the Metroplex. He grew up as an only child, growing up in a Christian home with his mother and father. By God’s grace, there isn’t a day he can’t remember loving and following Christ.
He attended Texas A&M Commerce and received his degree in Elementary Education in 2013 and began teaching in Mesquite the same year. He currently teaches 3rd grade at Henrie Elementary in Mesquite ISD. Patrick has been married to his wife, Vanessa, since 2015. They live in Heartland and enjoy spending time playing sports, traveling, hiking, and spending time outdoors.