Erin began her work in youth ministry in 1994 as a youth intern in Spokane, Washington. She continued her work with adolescents and graduated from Whitworth University with a teaching degree and an emphasis in sociology. After teaching in middle school for a season, Erin attended and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. Erin spent six years as a Pastor for Youth Mission and Ministry at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington and five more years at Sammamish Presbyterian Church (in Sammamish, Washington) as the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry. Erin and her husband, Chris (who is also a pastor) currently live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with their two sons, Carter (6) and Ryan (3) where life is one continuous game of football, soccer, tag and wrestling.