Rev. Erik Samuelson grew up in Everett, WA where he graduated from Cascade High School. He then worked his way down the west coast, first at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma where he studied Classics and Religion (and bartending) and met his wife Tauni, a pediatric nurse. Erik and Tauni then moved to Berkeley, CA where Erik earned a Masters of Divinity at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts in Systematic and Philosophical Theology (with an emphasis on the theology of the Lutheran Confessions) from the Graduate Theological Union. Erik was ordained a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2006. Erik served as pastor/mission developer at redevelopment congregation in Spokane, WA, before coming back to his hometown in 2011 to serve as Campus Pastor and Director of Vocational and Spiritual Formation at Trinity Lutheran College. Erik and Tauni have two children.