Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Gateway Seminary San Francisco Campus


Eric Thomas Garland of Lufkin, Texas, is media director for the First Baptist Church in Bryan. This position involves overseeing all media of the church, from production and creative planning to sound and video. After accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of four, Eric Thomas Garland devoted his life to his Savior. He settled in Lufkin, Texas, after earning his master's in theology from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in 2014.

Golden Gate Theological Seminary, now known as Gateway Seminary, operates five traditional campuses in four states, including Colorado, Arizona, Washington, and California. California’s San Francisco Campus (SFC) is located in Fremont, in San Francisco’s South Bay area. While the original Northern California seminary was founded in 1944, the SFC was established in 2016 on land donated by a local church called Discovery Church. One of the key goals of the seminary is to enable students to receive theological training while concurrently serving in the ministry.

Five degrees are offered at the San Francisco Campus: master of divinity, master of arts in educational leadership, master of theological studies, diploma in theology, and diploma in educational leadership.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hiking Trails Abound in Lufkin, Texas


A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Eric Thomas Garland who lives in the East Texas city of Lufkin, works as media director and minister for First Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas. In this position, he oversees all media pertaining to the church, including production, creative planning, and audio. In his spare time, Eric Garland enjoys hiking.

There are several quality hiking trails near Lufkin for hikers to enjoy.

* Azalea Trail. This 1.9-mile nature trail runs through Grace Dunne Richardson Park toward Kiwanis Park. The trail offers numerous benches along the way for pedestrians and bike riders. 

* Lost Arrow Biking and Hiking Trail. Spanning 5.17 miles, this trail is ideal for those looking for hiking, biking, and trail running. It sits inside Kit McConnico Park and has six bridge crossings.

* Sawmill Hiking Trail. Found in the Angelina National Forest, this 2.2-mile one-way trail begins at Boykin Springs Campground and ends at the Old Aldridge Sawmill Site. The trail runs alongside a spring-fed creek and passes through the Neches River bottom along a tramway that was used to haul logs to the sawmill in the 1920s.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Why Christians Need Salvation


A devoted Christian, Eric Thomas Garland has served as a family pastor at Denman Avenue Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas. A church passionate about leading people to God, Eric Garland’s former ministry in Lufkin teaches the need for repentance and salvation. 

Christians, too, need salvation. Salvation means deliverance from sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin are death, so those who are delivered from sin receive the gift of everlasting life.

In addition, salvation is the path to truly finding satisfaction in the world. In Ecclesiastes 1:8, it is written that the eye is not content with seeing nor the ear content with hearing. Therefore, all under the sun is vanity. Yet God has put in the hearts of human beings a longing for eternity. It is a longing for something pure and everlasting. This longing cannot be filled with earthly possessions or success, but only by seeking out God, the creator. Romans 6:20 states that God wants to give eternal life and He is reaching out to His people. Find Him through salvation. Acknowledge God as savior, repent, and live according to His Word.