Candidate Biography

    The Rev. Eric S. Park

    Elizabeth, PA

    April 2, 1966

    Spouse: Tara Lynn Rivetti Park (married for 16 years)
    Education and Honors:
  • Indiana Area Senior High School - Indiana, Pennsylvania (graduated in 1984);
  • Dickinson College - Carlisle, Pennsylvania (graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature);

  • Phi Beta Kappa;

  • The Divinity School, Duke University- Durham, North Carolina (graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991 with a Master of Divinity degree);

  • Drew Theological School - Madison, New Jersey (graduated with honors in 2001 with a Doctor of Ministry degree)
  • Ministry:
  • Parker’’s Grove United Methodist Church - Linden, North Carolina (a student appointment in the North Carolina Annual Conference - 1989-1992);

  • First United Methodist Church - McDonald, Pennsylvania (1992-1995);

  • Christ United Methodist Church - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania (Associate, 1995-2002);

  • Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church -Elizabeth, Pennsylvania (2002-present)
  • Membership:
  • Western Pennsylvania Conference

    General/Jurisdictional Involvement:
  • Reserve Delegate to the 2004 General Conference
  • Delegate to the 2004 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference
  • Delegate to 2008 General and Jurisdictional Conferences

    Annual Conference Involvement:
  • Jumonville Board of Directors (1996-1999)
  • Pittsburgh District Committee on Ministry (1998-2002)
  • Board of Ordained Ministry (2000-present)
  • Overseer of the Annual Conference’s Probationer Program (2002-2006)
  • Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation (2002-2005)
  • Washington District Committee on Ministry (2003-present)
  • Overseer of the Annual Conference’s Retiree Relations (2006-present)
  • Believe Again - Strategic Plan Implementation Team (2006-present)

    Ecumenical Involvement:
  • Pittsburgh Jewish-Christian Dialogue (2008)
  • Local Ministerium (1992-present)
  • Other:
    Professional Travel:
  • Mission Trips to West Virginia (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006);
  • Mission Trip to North Carolina (1998);
  • Mission Trip to St. Lucia (2000);
  • I represented the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference at the World Methodist Conference on Evangelism. This conference was held at the United Methodist Seminary in Tallinn, Estonia (2001);
  • Mission Trip to Moscow, Russia (2006);
  • Wesley Heritage Tour, England (2006);
  • Mission Trip to Ghana, Africa (2007);
  • Mission Trip to Mississippi (2007)

    Special Interests:
    I am an avid reader, moviegoer, songwriter, comic book collector, and surveyor of both popular and unpopular culture. In 2005, my wife Tara and I recorded a CD entitled -Things Unseen.- I wrote all of the songs on the CD. I enjoy blogging and have maintained a personal blog ( since early 2007.
  • Office:
    Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church
    100 Timothy Drive
    Elizabeth, PA 15037
    (412) 751-0511
    Endorsed by:
    Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference

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