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Pastor Eric Arpelar is a native of Oklahoma who enjoys time with his family, martial arts, and being involved in ministry.  He graduated from Eastern Oklahoma State College with an associate’s in 1999.  He then attended Trevecca Nazarene University, graduating in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree. Eric became a teacher in Galveston, Texas and waited six years to continue his education. He graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2008 with a masters.  After about a decade in teaching, Eric pursued a career in administration and he attended Lamar University for his administrative licensure.

In 2016, after much prayer, the Arpelar’s relocated to New Mexico. Eric took a position as the vice-principal and athletic director at Newcomb High School. This is where the call to ministry came to fruition: when Eric and his family became members of Gallup First Church of the Nazarene.  He and his family eventually moved to Farmington and Eric became the youth pastor at Aztec Church of the Nazarene.  Eric received his first District license in 2018 and he became ordained as an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2024.

Pastor Eric came to Christ at the age of 20 while he was attending college in Oklahoma. He also has experience in Taekwondo and live events production. Eric has been married to his wife, Medina, for 23 years.  They have a daughter, Carissa (21) and a son, Zane (18).  His family eagerly awaits the opportunities God will provide for them to serve.  

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