Who We Are

Eric Johnson

Director of Partnerships & Collaborations

ericj@lakeave.org

Born and raised in Southern California, Eric is a proud product of the Pasadena Unified School District and Pasadena City College where he majored in Business Administration. He then worked for 10 years as an accountant with various companies around Pasadena including 6 years at JPL.

But Eric’s heart has always been youth ministry and has served as a youth director/pastor in Pasadena for over 35 years. “Pastors and mentors reached out to me as a teenager dealing with abuse and molestation. They gave me hope and let me see my God-given value. Ever since then my passion was to give that same hope to others.” This passion fuels his collaborative work with the partners that provide the SKILLZ Summer School, “one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life” and the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, of which he is a graduate.

Eric’s other passion is writing scripts for film, TV, animation and comics with his partners in their trans-media company, Pitch Block. “I love storytelling!! I love how this medium can impact people in a way that no pulpit can. I have no doubt that if Jesus was walking the Earth today, his parables would have been films and TV!” He pastors a house church with his wonderful wife, Ana Maria that reaches out to others in the industry.

Eric and Ana live in Pasadena with their amazing daughter, Daniella.