"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up." - Eph 4:11-12 (NIV)
"In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry." - 2 Tim 4:1-5 (NIV)
Erik has served as minister for the Church of Christ at Olney for the last two years. After earning his Master of Divinity degree from Abilene Christian University in 1994, he served as a missionary in St. Petersburg, Russia (1994-1999), where he assisted efforts to establish two congregations in the city as well as in three suburbs. Upon returning to the United States, he worked as an administrative assistant at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. His interests include Toastmasters, visiting bookstores and doing whatever he can to walk at least 10,000 steps per day as measured by his FitBit. He will gladly share with you his recipe for a breakfast smoothie for a healthy start to your day. He is also a big fan of the YouVersion Bible app and will enthusiastically tell you how he has learned to successfully increase his intake of scripture as a catalyst to a stronger faith.
Youth Minister/Website Producer
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." - Prov 22:6 (NIV)
"I asked God for patience, and he had me teach high school." - Brother Tim Junkins
Timothy Junkins is the Associate Minister at the Church of Christ at Olney.
Brother Tim has been blessed these last couple of years by his experiences in ministry. He graduated from Ohio Valley University, class of 2006, with a B.S. in Bible with a minor in Practical Ministry. To graduate he took a job/internship at a Christian school in Bowie, MD at the church where he grew up. After graduating, he stayed on an additional year to assist at the school since it was so new. While there, he worked with a couple of church youth groups at the church in Bowie as well as around the surrounding area.
Feeling drawn to youth education because the potential he found within himself when he became a Christian at the age of 15. He realized that teenagers, whether raised in the church or new to it, have the same potential for learning and growing through Christ.
Coming to the Olney church almost 8 years ago in hopes of finding a way to use his education to help others, randomly searching in the midst of other churches, and once again, God directed his energy towards youth education. In the fall of 2008, he started teaching the weekly youth class, and that winter he began to organize some of our first youth activities.
Being a Christian is about growing in the Lord, as well as discovering whom you are. In his current class, they are focusing on the basics of Bible, while emphasizing the importance of the events and taking time to study that these were real people in real situations.
Brother Tim's favorite book of the bible is Philippians, which he calls "The Everyman's book" (See sermon page). It is a simple teaching on how we as Christians need to strive always, and persevere in the face of adversity.