PNT Photo: Kevin Wilson
Eric Redic preaches every other Sunday at Portales’ Seventh-Day Adventist Church
: Eric E. Redic.
: Pastor of Portales,
Clovis, and Tucumcari Seventh-Day Adventist Churches.
Your age (and Birth Date)
: 47 years old. 7/06/1958 .
: Wife Wendy; three dogs, Caleb, Trinity and Smokey; a bird, Little Tweet, and the brotherhood of all mankind.
Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work
: Christian web site design and writing. I am currently writing a book about God’s covenants entitled, “It is All About Love.” I have designed two web sites for my personal ministry; To Know Jesus Ministries, that sends Bible studies around the world: www.toknowjesus.org and www.toknowjesus7.org.
What do you think of Portales?
“I think Portales is a great community of under-realized potential. With the university, hospital, and the many businesses in the area there are unlimited possibilities. I think that the people of Portales could make this town better than it already is by catching a vision of what it could be.”
Tell us about your parents:
“My mother and father met in Austria towards the end of WWII, while my father Eugene was stationed there as an MP. They married and came back to the USA. My father was a security guard at Sandia Labs on Kirtland Air Forces base in Albuquerque. The time that we had together was short, but he used to take me fishing, hunting, and taught me how to play baseball. He died of cancer when I was 11. My mother; Lilly, worked at Sandia Federal Credit Union in Albuquerque. Unfortunately, she smoked (always a mistake) and contracted lung cancer. After a long battle, she passed on, when I was twenty. I loved them and miss them both very much.”
Tell us about your spouse:
“I met my wife Wendy in Albuquerque. We went on our first date to a Christian concert on the 19th of January. We were married one month later on February 19th. We have been happily married for 16 years and she stands by me through thick and thin, she is my best friend, my partner in ministry and the love of my life. She currently works as a staff accountant at Terry L. Cone CPA Firm in Portales.”
When you were a kid, what did you think you would be doing as an adult?
“As a child I wanted to be a plastic surgeon.”
What is your favorite smell?
“My favorite smell is how the air smells in the woods after a spring rain falls northern New Mexico.”
How have children influenced your life?
“My wife and I are unable to have children so the children of the church are our children. They have shown me how God looks upon each one of us; with love and hope for our future. In there eyes I see the simplicity of love and trust that God hopes to find in each one of us.”
What is the best gift you have ever received?
“Salvation and forgiveness of all my sins.”
What was one of the kindest things a person ever did for you?
“Love me for who I am.”
If you could go on an adventure, what would it entail?
“I would like to go through China (a country that for the most part is closed to evangelism) and preach the gospel to the entire nation; telling them the good news of a God that loves them, that died for them. Risking life and limb for the sake of Jesus, never knowing what to expect, but drawing millions into the fellowship of Christ; preparing them for His soon coming.”
If I could do anything, I would...
“Tell every living soul on Earth about God’s love for them and the truth as it is in Jesus.”
If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place?
“I would set up centers of education in underprivileged countries of the world to educate people how to provide for themselves through farming, industry and community service. I would establish Seventh-Day Adventist schools, churches, and hospitals in every community where there is a need.”
What is your favorite book and why?
“The Bible is my favorite book because it is the one thing in this world that God has protected through the ages. It’s a love letter to mankind.”
What is your greatest hope?
“My greatest hope is that in my flesh, with my own eyes I will see God as He comes back to take us home.”
What advice would you give to high school graduates?
“I would tell them that graduation is only the beginning, not the end. Each one of them has enormous power to move this world either for better or for worse. Every choice that they make will change things and this power brings great responsibility. The world of tomorrow will be the world that they fashion with every choice that they make.”
What is the one thing you’ve always wanted to do but have been afraid to try?
“Do evangelistic crusades in China, India, and around the world.”