Erick Schenkel
Mon October 26, 2015 · Comments

Far Reaching Impact

While on a flight to Austin, TX, Steve (Broken Phonebooth) shared the Jesus Film Media™ app with the man sitting next to him. The man reacted with great excitement, saying: “I recall watching the original JESUS film as a child as far back as my memory can serve me. The movie had a profound effect on my life, as at the time it was the only Christian cinematic material available to us in the Middle East, and it was translated into Arabic. I can nearly recite the movie line by line, as I have watched so many times due to the feeling of hope it delivered to a Christian living in that part of the world. I want to thank the team, cast and crew and anyone involved in the making or production of this movie, as it had a far-reaching impact on many people in the Middle East.”

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.