Erick Schenkel
Thu February 22, 2018 · Comments

Honoring Dr. Billy Graham

Today we celebrate a life well lived. Dr. Billy Graham has finished his earthly service and has passed into the presence of God. First and foremost, Dr. Graham lived a life of moral integrity that stands as an example to all who want to serve God. Moreover, Dr. Graham long ago recognized the impact that various forms of media had on people and culture, both as a method for communication and as a means to influence opinions—to change hearts and minds. Much as he used a microphone to amplify his voice to reach those present in a stadium, he leveraged all the various forms of media that could be utilized in the presentation of the gospel, from the printed page, to radio broadcasts, then to television and motion pictures, extending all of that around the world via satellite and then Internet. Jesus Film Project staff join today with Dr. Graham's family and friends in honoring this man of God.

Rev. Graham's impact for the Kingdom was significant. What are some ways that his ministry personally made an impact in your life?

Erick Schenkel brings a range of experience to his role as Executive Director of Jesus Film Project®. Erick led a church-planting team that established a church and an elementary school in Massachusetts, USA, right after his graduation from Harvard College. While leading this church, Erick earned two masters degrees and a PhD from Harvard in the Study of Religion. During this time, he and his wife, Elizabeth, developed a desire to work in the Middle East.

Erick moved to Central Asia and was director of the non-profit organization. Partnership in Academics and Development, from 1999 until 2012, working in the fields of education and economic development. During that time, the Schenkels also worked alongside Jesus Film® teams in Central Asia. Erick took the lead in starting a Bible school and served as director of a movement of nationally-led churches. Erick then served for five years as Strategy Director for North Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia for Campus Crusade for Christ. Erick became the third Executive Director of Jesus Film Project in March 2012, succeeding Jim Green and founder Paul Eshleman.