Pastor Eric Gargus

Eric joined the staff in July of 2019. Prior to serving at First Baptist Sweetwater, Eric served as Student Pastor for churches in both Alabama and Georgia. A 24-year student ministry veteran, Eric has ministered to students and families since shortly after graduating from Jacksonville State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Social Work.
Eric is passionate about leading intentional and effective student ministry in the local church. Having been published by student ministry resource providers Interlinc, Youth Ministry 360, and Download Youth Ministry, Eric also enjoys writing and content creation for student ministry.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Eric grew up in the nearby community of Oneonta, Alabama. Eric is married to Penelope, who grew up about twenty minutes from his hometown. Having never known each other before adulthood, they met at a bank one day, discovered their shared love for ministry (and each other), and have been together ever since. They have one teen daughter, Aydenn. Eric’s hobbies include watching and playing sports, bicyling, watching movies, theme parks, and traveling with his family. 
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