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Eric was born in Ghana and lived there with his younger sister at their grandparent’s home until he was 12. Their father and mother were divorced and living abroad. Life in Ghana was a huge struggle as he was always told by his teachers that he was useless and worthless. This affected his progression and development at school and his emotional/mental well-being. Eric dreamed of moving abroad to be with his parents but this seemed completely out of reach, until the opportunity finally came for him and his sister to move to Canada to live with their father and stepmother. Within weeks however the dream turned into a nightmare for them, especially for Eric who was made to suffer horrific physical and emotional abuse.

His stepmother hated them so much. She treated her own children well providing them with everything they needed but was intent on mistreating Eric and his sister, even to the extent of turning her own children against them. They were at times forced to go to school without any food or locked in the bedroom and deprived of food at home, which resulted in Eric begging his friends for food and at times even stealing from the supermarket. They were regularly told by his father and stepmother that if they mentioned anything to anyone they would face further punishments, so the abuse continued. 

Eric had serious thoughts of taking his own life at one time and was going to jump off the 13th floor apartment which he lived at. He felt what was the point of living as he believed that he was a worthless person with no hope but through all this, there was this inner voice which told him everything was going to be alright. The abuse went on for nearly two years until his mother who was living in London sensed that something was not right, so she invited them to come and spend Christmas with her in 1992. After knowing the facts his mother filed for them to live in the UK in 1993 and won the case. 

Eric started his new life in London and he lived a life of deep hatred and unforgiveness towards his dad, stepmother and those who hurt him. People he trusted hurt him deeply and he felt like they were trying to destroy his destiny. One verse which helped me through these times was Jeremiah 29:11 and this gave me hope. Even though I was brought up as a Christian, I didn't personally know Christ and I got saved at the age of 14 at a Faith Camp in Peterborough. I had to learn to forgive my dad and those who have hurt me. I became closer to God and showed me his purpose for my life and gave me the gift of writing songs and singing. 

This went on for two years until their mother who was living in London sensed that something was not right, so she invited them to come and spend Christmas with her in 1992. After knowing the facts his mother filed for them to live in the UK in 1993 and won the case. Eric started his new life in London where he completed his GCSE’s at school, gained Distinctions & a Merit at College and achieved a Master’s degree at university.

From a young child who was told he was worthless, abused and thought of ending his own life, Eric is now an International Worship Leader, Multiple Award winner, Songwriter, Evangelist, CEO of Christian Music Professionals (CMP), Director of Great Commission Society (GCS) and Founder of Spontaneous Worship. His songs have impacted many lives and brought them closer to God. From his own words Eric quoted “Isn't God such an amazing and wonderful God, who can turn your situation around”. Eric is a living testimony to God’s mercy and goodness.

 

Eric’s heart, passion and mission now is to spread the good news, share the love and gospel of God to the multitudes. He wants his testimony to be a light to the lost, to bring hope and restoration and that people may know God and how awesome he is. 

 

TESTIMONIALS

 

"I was a part of Reverence, the singing group, when I was 15/16...this ministry changed my life till this day. I was given an opportunity to serve God in a way which was different to what I was used to...especially at an early age. I had to leave because of university but the lessons that I learnt are still with me. I witnessed a man, Eric, and his wife selflessly serve God...they spent a lot of time and money going from church to church ministering. Not only that, they took the time to mentor us as young women and remind us that it was indeed ministry that we were a part of and not a normal singing group. We learnt about how to carry ourselves as women, how to dress appropriately, how to behave and more. I cannot forget Eric’s sense of humour....oh he is extremely funny...he was able to tell when we were down and encourage us in the name of the Lord. His hard work and efforts to serve the Lord was evident...I can only pray that God sees and acknowledges it. He is a role model...he encouraged us to help our local communities also...by participating in a number of charity events...Eric Is an AWESOME person.

 

"Eric because inspired me to achieve my dreams. He is the kind of man who never looks down on people, he always tries to calm you down when you are not okay. His words are full of wisdom anytime I am confined to him, I don’t regret it. He has been telling me never to be troubled or feel rejected because what the Lord has said concerning your life will surely come to pass. Eric is indeed my role model, when it comes to humanity he deals with everybody equally no discrimination. He is indeed my guardian angel. Thank you. "

 

- "I have known Eric from my time at University where I was a Foundation student and he final year. After meeting a few of us freshers, he immediately took us under his wings and introduced us to more people. He is dedicated in everything He does and persevered through any situation, no matter what. His passion for working with disadvantaged youths is evident due to his background, he does this not for the purpose of ‘doing good, so to speak', but with a heart of compassion to bring about a positive change in the lives of the youth and all those that are disadvantaged, in any way he possibly can. He is selfless and passionate about people and I believe that this award, if awarded to him, will be received with humility and gratitude. I am a Missionary (female) and currently working on setting up a Social Enterprise business as well as a Missionary and Community Development organisation. I have known Eric since my Foundation year at University, 15 years ago."


 

"I have watched Eric change so many lives over the years, including mine. Helping to provide opportunities to support my aspirations of becoming a footballer when I was younger was highly valued. He has not just done that with myself but with his own siblings and other young men. Not having an older brother Eric has helped fill that void when it comes to advice on things like career choices, relationships and more recently housing. With the breadth of knowledge Eric possesses he is able to support and inspire so many and always leaves his mark on a crowd!"
 

 

 "Some six years ago I met Eric through one of his numerous young activities. He is a young man full of passion and very focus and always looking not only to bring the best out of himself but extend that to anybody he comes into contact with both young and old. His love and passion for Christian music has attracted and influence many young people to explore and excel in that area. He does all of this based on his great believe in God. We live in a time and an era where so many things are against our young so if any person dedicates his time to help in that course then that is worth recommending and appreciating."
 

 

"Eric has inspired me so much and he has been such an excellent example of a role model. He just loves given his time for others and always wants the best for people. 


 

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Eric for many years. Each and every time I have come in contact with him he has been extremely welcoming. He has given myself and friends good advice to advance in our lives. I also see how he has had and continuing to be a big influence in his siblings lives and you can see with all the progress they have had. "


 

"This man dedicates himself to God, his family, and his ministry! He makes time for his friends to pray. He puts in so much work and there have been times after he put his children into bed he'd take time to pray with me. He and his beautiful wife dedicate their lives to serving others alongside of taking care of their family. I'd vote for him for Prime Minister if I could. I'm his sister in the Lord and friend from the US. I evangelise worldwide on the net and in the land of my kindred here in New York. "
 

 

 "I've had the pleasure of knowing Eric for over 10 years he is a natural born leader who leads by example and a talented musician. He is a role model in many ways and is able to motivate and make things happen with a heart and passion for People, especially the Young and don't forget his football. Not forgetting Family. which is so important to him as a husband brother uncle and to his community. "
 

 

 "Eric is a very thoughtful and considerate person. He goes out of his way to offer support. He is constantly giving his time to countless projects that enables people to come together for the greater good (e.g. Foodbank, supporting events geared toward clamping down on youth knife crime and many others). Also, his work done with local church and bringing churches across the UK, people of all ages and ethnicities to sing songs of praise is very noteworthy. "


 

 "Eric is a highly motivated, dedicated and enthusiastic individual who is committed to excellency in everything he does. One thing that stands out about Eric is his ability to connect with people from all backgrounds. He is approachable and always willing to go the extra mile for anyone. This is demonstrated in his music ministry where he has built a team of people from different races and backgrounds. As a great leader, Eric has been able to influence many through his work with music bands, worship teams at churches, working with the youth and vocal coaching. Eric is also very passionate about reaching out to the poor and needy. He has worked with various charities through his music to raise money for good causes. When it comes to diversity, Eric is the best person I know who is 'diversity minded' and is a true role model to young people and all those around him. "
 

 

 "In the short time I have known Eric, I can see that he has a genuine, gentle and caring nature. I can understand the success he has had with young people. He has a way of making people feel at ease and genuinely builds them up. He is full of joy and appreciation as well as enthusiastic, having a positive attitude which is contagious. It is amazing and very admirable that he has come through the trials in his life, determined, compassionate and tremendous strength in character. It is plain to see that his faith has given him the strength to not only be restored emotionally but also to excel in assisting others to do the same. Blessed with musical talents, he has made the most of them as well as used them to inspire encourage others. His organisation skills are apparent as he has had a major part in a high-profile event taking place in Westminster in June 2017 for the Great Commission Society. He is actively involved with this charity which is how I have come to meet Eric, who is now a new friend and colleague. "
 

 

"Eric is such a wonderful person who gives great counsel in your time of need, any time I converse with him I and many others are always greeted with a smile. He radiates, kindness, positivity, care and it is a shame there are not many people like him in this world. "
 

 

 "I shared a university, Kent at Canterbury with Eric, he is such an outstanding gentleman, very sincere in character. He is a great man, role model, friend, I can always talk to him any time, we attended church New Life Church at Kent under the leadership of Pastor Bob Bain, he was in choir, he also studied but better still was an all-round student, he partook in African Caribbean Society where he also inspired via singing, he is soft spoken, and always had a passion for Christ, he is very determined "
 

 

"Eric is a fantastic role model to so many people. He is involved in a casual football team but within that models great character and attitudes. I also have seen him demonstrate this at times when perhaps things in his own life maybe a challenge, but he continues to demonstrate an excellent spirit. He is always smiling, calm and will anything he can to help - he is a fantastic role model to many showing great resilience and determination against all odds - what a story" 
 

 

"Some six years ago I met Eric through one of his numerous young activities. He is a young man full of passion and very focus and always looking not only to bring the best out of himself but extend that to anybody he comes into contact with both young and old. His love and passion for Christian music has attracted and influence many young people to explore and excel in that area. He does all of this based on his great believe in God. We live in a time and an era where so many things are against our young so if any person dedicates his time to help in that course then that is worth recommending and appreciating."

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