Jim and Monica Erwin call the Hawkeye state home. Jim is from Adel, Iowa and Monica is from Denver, Iowa. They met at the University of Iowa through involvement in Campus Crusade for Christ. Graduating and getting married in 1998, they moved to Texas to begin teaching. Jim taught Secondary Mathematics and Monica taught 5th grade. From teaching, however, Jim felt the Lord’s call to pursue ministry and went on to study at Dallas Theological Seminary. During their time at Dallas, they were involved in teaching the newly married Sunday school class at church and had an opportunity to do ministry overseas. Upon graduation from seminary in 2003, they moved to London, England where Jim served as pastor at Twynholm Baptist Church. During that time they had their first child, a son, Jacob. Four years later, they returned home to Iowa (the sweet corn and the Hawkeyes were a big pull!) and began serving as pastor at Wellspring Evangelical Free Church. Jacob is currently 9 years old, all boy and full of energy. Macie, their second child, was born in January, 2009 and they are loving their precious little all-girl daughter. William, their youngest, was born in December 2010 and is busy, busy, busy. Jim’s an avid reader and particularly enjoys anything by C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Spurgeon, and a trio of John’s - John Owen, John Piper and John MacArthur.
Eric Nygren has served at Wellspring as Associate Pastor since July, 2014. Eric and his wife Lindsay are both originally from Columbus, Ohio and are lifelong Ohio State Buckeye fans. Eric received a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (home of the Bobcats) and a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.
Prior to serving at Wellspring, Eric served as Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Williamsburg, Iowa. Eric enjoys spending time with his wife Lindsay and his three daughters Evelyn, Anna, and Lydia. During their time at Trinity, Eric and family became committed Chicago Cubs fans. When he's not reading blogs on his iPad Eric usually has his nose in a book. His reading interests include theology, history, and biography.