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Eric Mason is a native of Washington, D.C. and now resides in Philadelphia with His wife (Yvette) and two sons (Immanuel and Nehemiah). Dr. Mason is founder and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, to his role at Epiphany Fellowship he serves as President of Thriving, a ministry dedicated to aiding ethnic minorities to be resourced and trained for ministry to the urban context. He has also the author of Manhood Restored book, Leadership Kit, and Study Guide. Also, Dr. Mason has contributed to multiple publications to service the body of Christ. Some would include The Mission of God Bible Study Bible, Keep Your Head Up, and several online articles. Dr. Mason serves on the Executive Board of Acts 29 Network as well as the board of Reach Life Ministries. Dr. Mason is known for articulating and proclaiming the gospel through the word of God expositionally with clarity, passion, and authority at churches and conferences nationally.
Christ has allowed Dr. Mason to serve in multiple ministry roles over the past 19 years. Dr. Mason went to Bowie State University where he received a BS in Psychology. While at Bowie State University, he was burdened after trusting Christ to go into full-time vocational service to the Lord in ministry. While at BSU he acknowledged his calling under the leadership of Rev. Dr. James J. McCord at First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover MD. During the completion of his undergraduate degree, he taught bible studies on campus to the college students, lead people to Jesus, worked with youth and young adults at his church.
Seeking to be a biblically literate minister of the gospel, Dr. Mason ventured to Dallas Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Theology (ThM) degree. He immediately became a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Tony Evans who would then become his father in the Ministry. Meanwhile, Dr. Mason was hired by an inner-city organization as a counselor and mentor to “at risk” in the Southern and Eastern sectors of Dallas Texas. The context of this service was several community centers, High schools, and projects discipling troubled youth and former gang members. He was co-youth pastor to over 500+ youth and then served as prison ministry director at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship where he over saw 17 ministers who engaged troubled youth in the DFW metroplex.
Upon completion of Seminary, Dr. Mason received his ordination into the gospel ministry by the council of elders at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship with Dr. Tony Evans at the council’s helm (May 2000). Dr. Mason ventured to Houston, TX to serve functionally in the role of Assistant Pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church (140+ yr old church home to the late Barbara Jordan) under the leadership of Dr. D. Z. Cofield who helped expand Dr. Mason’s pastoral bandwidth. Dr. Mason counseled on every level, taught Wednesday nights, lead Sunday Morning Worship, Sunday School, preached 3 services multiple times a year, did weddings, led this church to transition to 70 small groups in this historic Black church that is still going 13yrs later, and much more. He was also, allowed by his pastor to begin a small but impactful itinerate ministry.
In addition, he served also as adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies. Dr. Mason then was called to serve as the Regional Director of the Urban Schools Alternative at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Upon receiving the call to Philly, Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, AR offered to train him in leadership and church planting. After a year of sitting under the elder’s tutelage, they affirm upon him through the laying on of hands and commissioned him to the work of church planting. He completed his Doctoral (D.Min) degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (In Ministry in Complex Urban Settings) May 2007.
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