South Union Christian Church
Family Life Ministry

With life's struggles and stresses, the physical and mental demands of parenting including single parenting and the desire to nurture a marriage and family in a Godly perspective.... you need support! This ministry was created to help encourage, equip and strengthen families to stand firm and stand out as devoted Christian's in today's world.

Schedule of Events:


  • Saturday, June 24th 6pm: Guest speaker, Eric Gilpin will be sharing"The Art & Science of Parenting".

    About Eric:
    Eric has been married to his wonderful wife Sandy since 1992. They have two sons, both in college and one daughter that is in high school.

    Eric graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in 1993 from Cincinnati Bible College. The following year he attended Indiana University where he received his teaching license. His first teaching job was at Martinsville East Middle School as a social studies teacher. He coached both football and basketball. In 1999 Eric began teaching at Batchelor Middle School and continued to coach football at Batchelor. In 2000, he finished his Masters of Education through Indiana Wesleyan University and in 2002, he finished his work on his Building Administration and Supervision License. That summer he also began his new position at Batchelor Middle School as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. In 2008 he began his work on his Educational Specialist degree through Indiana State University. He completed that in 2009 and in January 2010, Eric became the Principal at Batchelor.

    In June of 2012, Eric helped to co-found Professional Christian Educators (PCE). The organization's goal is to help educators glorify God through excellence in education. PCE works to enhance the skills and practices of teachers and administrators while strengthening and encouraging their walk with God.

    Eric also served as a part-time youth minister at South Union Christian Church from 1993 to 2002. He and his family still continue to attend and serve at South Union where he holds the position of an Elder. 


For all events, bring a snack to share, as we fellowship with one another for the first 30 minutes. We then enter into a time of sharing and discussion in a relaxed atmosphere.  We cover various topics that all pertain to the spiritual health and growth of married couples with and without children, those soon to be married and single parents.

Childcare is provided but please let us know in advance if you will need to utilize childcare. This will allow us to obtain the appropriate amount of caregivers for the number of children in attendance. A donation box is provided for those willing and able to donate a small amount of money to be given to the caregivers.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Jake or Travis. 

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Meet Our
Family Life Ministry Leader

Jake Purtlebaugh

Learn more about Jake, his role and contact information by clicking here.

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Assistant Leader

Travis Tate