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Erik Richard

Subject Expertise: Theology, History, and Government
Education: MA in New Testament Theology from Fresno Pacific University; BA in History from California State University, Fresno
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Home Church: The Well Community Church, Fresno, CA

I have been an educator in various capacities at both the college and secondary levels. At Fresno Pacific University, I have taught courses in Biblical studies, history, and liberal arts and have developed several courses for teachers seeking to earn continuing education units. I have also worked with new teachers at the high school level via master teaching and serving as a BTSA support provider. For over a decade, I have taught AP courses in U.S. History and American Government and Politics.

Personal Experience: Recently I did a short-term mission trip to Swaziland where my team aided organizations devoted to home-based care for disabled adults and orphaned children.  I love to travel (recent trips include Egypt, Jordan, and Israel) and pass the time with woodworking, cooking, visiting the beach, and going for walks with my family.

Scholarly Interests: Political philosophy, Israel/Palestine, comparative politics

Publications: From Athens to Corinth: Paul's Approach to Greek Philosophy

Recommended Reading: Martin Gilbert's books on Churchill and Israel, Daniel Walker Howe's What Hath God Wrought?, and everything written by Bill Bryson.

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 6:28-30 - “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you?"

Favorite Music: Classic Rock

Favorite Activities: Travel, woodworking, cooking

Family Info: I have been married to my wife Megan for 14 years and we have two young children, Maddox and Charlotte. 

What Matters: Demonstrating the love of Christ

Pet Peeves: Annoying sounds

What I Like About FPU: I started teaching at FPU in 2005.  I love the Christ-centered culture and personal relationships that only a small university can avail.