Thursday, October 14, 2010

Introduction and Eric Hoffer Trivia

by Eric

My name is Eric Hoffer. I'm an M.Div. student who is currently on internship at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Salem, OR. While I was born and raised in Edina, MN (for you non-Twin Cities residents, that's just outside of Minneapolis), I am truly loving the Northwest. It's tough to beat mountains plus ocean! Of course, I definitely miss my friends and family in the Midwest.

I’ve been blessed with a great family, and they mean the world to me. My parents are Mark (a small-town boy) and Cindy (a city girl)—the reverse of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” I have a younger sister named Hannah, who is a senior at Denver University. Over the years, we’ve become very close. About 14 months ago, I married Kirsten Anneke. Our marriage fills my life with joy, adventure, and comfort. As with any marriage, though, it’s also created some hard work, a bit of stress at times, and a lot of dirty dishes. One of the great parts of marrying Kirsten is becoming part of her family—many of whom live in Oregon, and all of whom have been welcoming and loving. I’m so thankful for everyone in my family.

I love adventures of all sorts. I love stories, and my favorite movie is “Big Fish,” because of its exploration of what stories mean to people. My second favorite movie, though, is “Renaissance Man.” It might be cheesy and poorly-acted, but it lifts up the idea of the Renaissance Man. I identify with the movie because I have a wide array of interests, including sports, reading, music, languages, pop culture, camping, people, and (of course) film. But seriously, “Renaissance Man.” Check it out.

I look forward to sharing all about my experiences and adventures from my internship and my life, in general; but before I get back to my sermon preparation, let me close with a few pieces of Eric Hoffer trivia…because this information is truly trivial.

- I can’t wink with my right eye
- I share my name with a moderately famous philosopher
- I went to a French immersion elementary school
- My wife and I both love the smell of books—both new and old
- I love to cook and I dream of becoming a chef someday
- I also dream of managing a professional sports franchise
- …or a pastor.
- I always manage to blink for pictures
- I am goofy. Very goofy.

P.S. To prove the last two points, here’s a photo of me and another summer camp counselor about to sing "Every Rose Has It's Thorn." (I'm on the left):


Blogger kirsten anneke said...

love this first post! Dirty dishes? spot on - I should probably go tidy up the kitchen - just wanted to call attention to the fact that you left out our CAT in your description of our lives...and I know he's super disappointed. so...great job. ;-)

10/14/2010 02:48:00 PM  

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