Jesse’s Jottings: Introducing Rob Erickson, LMFT

Jesse Mabanglo, Interim Associate Pastor

I am pleased to announce and introduce Rob Erickson, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Samaritan Center of Puget Sound (SCPS). Samaritan Center provides high quality, spiritually integrative, affordable counseling for individuals, couples and families in 15 locationsĀ in Seattle. Last spring, West Side Presbyterian Church entered into a relationship with SCPS and we brought on board Heidi Gray. With the addition of Mr. Erickson, we will now have two on-site counselors available for our congregation as well as the West Side community.

Mr. Erickson was born and raised in Seattle (Burien). When he was five years old he prayed and accepted Christ has his Savior. Growing up he attended, along with his Christian parents, a conservative Christ-centered Presbyterian Church. While in college he was on the board of deacons providing congregational care.

Five years into his career as a Civil Engineer, He felt a very distinct call to become a counselor. In 1993, he quit his job and moved to Pasadena, Californian to begin his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. While in seminary he got married and also three children were born. In his years at Fuller he received his MS in Marriage and Family Therapy and also a MA in Theology.

His family moved back to Seattle in 1998 and they had their fourth child. Two of their four children had/have Muscular Dystrophy. In 2003, he and his wife were divorced. Mr. Erickson says that his faith remained strong during these tough times and feels he has become a better person as well as having his faith deepened.

He currently lives in West Seattle (Morgan Junction). His children are now 18, 20, 22, and 23. He is involved at the North Shore Community Church where he has taught a week-night recovery class for many years. Besides parenting and working, he enjoys gardening, cooking and the outdoors. He goes on 5-10 backpack trips every summer.

We plan to formally introduce Rob Erickson at both worship services on Sunday, October 15th. We are excited about his ministry with us. Do introduce yourself and help us welcome him warmly.

Warmly in Christ,
Pastor Jesse

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