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DYM Author Spotlight of the Week: Eric Upton

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What’s your full name?  Eric S. Upton

Where did you grow up?  Sacramento CA baby

Tell us about your church: name, location, website. I’m the Middle School Pastor at Bridgeway Christian Church in Rocklin CA (bridgewaychristian.org)

What’s a nick name you’ve been given…but you hate. Why? “mini-mcgill” – I think you can understand why this is a bad thing…actually, that’s not true. No one calls me that. I don’t have any nicknames.

What’s your favorite TV show from the 80’s? (If you are too young to remember the 80’s, pick A.L.F.) “The Wonder Years” Fred Savage is a boss!

Computer or TV? oooo tough, but TV strictly for NFL reasons

How old were you when you first felt called to ministry? I was 20 years old when I was first hired on as a middle school pastor.

Would you rather kick a puppy or make a baby cry? I make kids cry all the time, I have 3 of ’em…sometimes when they cry it makes me so mad I want to kick a puppy, but they never seem to be handy enough so…kick a puppy for sure.

What’s a recent EPIC youth ministry mistake? I snuck my wife into the church late one night so she could give birth in the baptismal…I guess some people think that’s “not ok to do in a sacred place” but I’m like, “What’s more sacred than giving birth?” Well, ok that’s not true, first off our church doesn’t even have a baptismal…we dunk people in pop up pools outside our building…I would have to say creating a game built around the premis or an American Gladiators event while using an earth ball was a BIG one, especially knowing that we plaid the game on asphalt…(let’s have a moment of silence for the 6th grade boy who never came back)

Have you ever left a kid on an event/camp/retreat/missions trip/etc.? Have you ever wanted to? Yes, he found us though 🙁

What do you enjoy doing outside of youth ministry? I play flag football on Saturday mornings and get my crossfit on throughout the week. The wife and I also enjoy a date night whenever possible

Are you a good dancer? I like to think so

What color shoes are you wearing? Brown Rainbow Sandals

What’s the worst injury that’s happened on one of your event/camp/retreat/missions trip/etc.? I had to take a kid to the ER to have his eye irrigated because another kid through mud into his face during a game of mud volleyball…It was gross, but the glass eye almost looks normal on him.

What’s your position on infant baptism? Just kidding, nobody cares. I prefer to be in a standing position.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you hate ALL NIGHTERS? (1 = stab me in the eye and 10 = stab me in the eye with a spoon) 12 stab me in the eye with a baby spoon dipped in chicken and beets baby food

How good are you at keeping receipts? Does your church administrator love or hate you? They have my picture on a wanted poster in their office.

What would you do if you could be invisible for one day? Go watch the 49ers practice, hang around the facility, and apparently prevent one from doing something incredibly stupid!

Mac or PC? MAC (ps. I remember the day McGill Converted…you really let him off easy)

If you had a pet sloth, what would you name him/her? FLASH Gordan (call him Gordy for short)

What is one of your irrational fears? It’s not irrational to be afraid of Roller Coasters…They are death machines run by disgruntled, minimum wage paid, undertrained employees operating at high speeds and high altitudes…Not Cool

What is your favorite lunch meat? Bacon Cheeseburger

 

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About the Author:

Josh Griffin is one of the leading voices in youth ministry with over 20 years experience in the trenches, most recently as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church. He's the co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and been in 300+ episodes of the DYM Podcast with Doug Fields. He's created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books including 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders. Josh and his wife Angela have 4 kids, which now includes 2 teenagers of their own! Contact Josh | Speaking Requests

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