My name is Erik DiVietro.
I grew up in church as a pastor’s kid, so when I say in church, I mean it quite literally. I’ve seen real faith, fake faith and everything in between.
After graduating from Boston Baptist College (www.boston.edu, then Baptist Bible College East), I became a Christian school teacher and eventually the associate pastor of a fundamentalist Baptist Church. In 2003, I was ordained to the gospel ministry by that church.
The following year (2004), I left to become the pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Hooksett, New Hampshire. While there, I completed a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Master’s International School of Divinity (www.mdivs.edu).
Over the course of the years, I have moved away from the extreme fundamentalism I encountered at college and working in a fundamentalist church. While affirming the fundamentals of the faith (the inspiration of Scripture, the divinity and humanity of Christ, among others), I have continually sought to form a Biblical theology – one that is inductively drawn from the Scriptures rather than using a theology as a framework for the Scriptures.
This has necessitated that I learn continually about the history of the world into which the Scriptures were spoken. What I have discovered it that far more often than we would like, history humbles theology.
Our Congregational Identity
In 2010, Heritage merged with another local assembly to form Bedford Road Baptist Church. Since then, I have served as the full-time teaching pastor alongside some of the greatest lay elders I have ever known. Our congregation is intentionally intimate, built on relationships and environments where people encounter Jesus and journey together. As a result, our congregation is, in the words of one of my friends, “A jumble of God’s slightly off center artistry.”
I am also a husband and a father. In 2004, my wife and I welcomed our only child into our family. Our daughter is the joy of our lives, a living epistle of God’s goodness, despite the fact that she constantly beats me at Monopoly and tends to forget to do her chores.
My wife Nichole and I are both musicians. Although we are novice songwriters, we love the work of the great Christian songwriters of our generation – people like Rich Mullins and Michael Card. In 2011, my wife underwent a full thyroid removal and radioactive iodine treatment to combat thyroid cancer. The Lord was gracious and restored her amazing voice.