"And he [Christ] gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:"

(Ephesians 4:11-12)





Pastor G. Eric Bergman

Early Conversion

Pastor Bergman accepted Christ March 20, 1960 at Arlington Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD. One year later, at the age of twelve, he knew the Lord called him to full-time service. That year, he began building a library of commentaries by Evangelist Oliver B. Greene. He read his first, Paul's Epistle to the Romans, at the age of twelve. Since then, he has read about 3,000 on the Bible.

Early Influences

Harold Bergman, One of his four brothers, was the first in the family to accept the Lord Jesus as Savior. The drastic change in Harold's life was evident to all, and as a result, a number of the family came to the Lord. One day Harold stopped at Charing Cross Shopping Center to get something from a store. Young Eric stayed in the car and leafed through his brother's Bible. The hand written notes, well worn and marked passages had a profound effect on the younger brother. God the Holy Spirit placed within Eric's heart a burning desire to know the Bible as well as his brother.

Pastor Peter Bisset. His influence on Pastor Bergman can never fully be written. Pastor Bisset was a godly, Spirit-filled man who faithfully preached God's Word at Arlington Baptist Church. He was an expositor par excellence. He led his church in licensing Eric and later ordaining him. (Eric was eighteen when licensed to preach and twenty-one when he was ordained). Pastor Bergman's sermons still often refer to his beloved Pastor. Pastor Bergman had the honor of preaching at some of Pastor Bisset's annual anniversary events at ABC. He also preached at Pastor Bisset's funeral. Pastor Bisset's wife later gave Pastor Bergman her husband's library a number of his original messages on various books of the Bible. Though being dead, he yet speaketh through his "Timothy", Pastor Bergman.

Estella Arrington and Margaret May McCulley.

Stella Arrington taught Pastor Bergman how to pray. She was godly woman in her nineties when she first knocked on the Bergman's front door. She spent her life in prayer. She told the young preacher about Evangelists Billy Sunday, Dwight L. Moody, others whom she heard years before. She prayed constantly for Eric, who was then preaching on street corners in Baltimore City, the Baltimore City Mission, and the jail at the age of fourteen. She continued to pray for him until the Lord called her home at the age of 104. Margaret McCulley was Eric's grandmother who prayed night and day for him.

Evangelist Oliver B. Greene. Google this man's name and you will see the influence he had on America as he preached the gospel. Eric used to get up 5:30 a.m., before going to Jr. High School, to hear Dr. Greene expound the Scriptures. Dr. Greene's soloist was a man named Ralph McGilvra. Brother Ralph McGilvra taught for a time at Bob Jones University and then spent his life in evangelism.

Theodore Epp. Founder and speaker of the Back to the Bible Broadcast. Godly expositor of God's Word. Young Eric listened to this broadcast daily.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Eric was a teenager painting a house on a ladder when he first heard the name Warren Wiersbe. Dr. Theodore Epp announced he was preparing to step aside and was bringing in a teacher named WWW. (Eric's immediate reaction was, "Oh no, who's this guy?" After having heard him, his response was, "this man is Spirit filled.")

Dr. Bud Lyles. was the soloist for Dr. John R. Rice. As a teenager, Eric used to read his weekly column in the Sword of the Lord.

How these Early Influences Affected Pastor Bergman in his ministry at VBC

Evangelist Ralph McGilvra prayed everyday for Pastor Bergman for over 13 years, at which time the Lord called him home. Mrs. McGilvra said her husband played Eric's preaching over and over as they drove to meetings.

Dr. Bud Lyles has prayed daily for Pastor Bergman for years. The Pastor counts him as one of his closest living friends. Dr. Lyles still conducts evangelistic meetings.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe prayed daily for Pastor Eric Bergman for over seven years. He still prays for the Pastor regularly.


M.A., Counseling

Liberty University, Lynchburg, virginia

B.A., Bible

Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina

Minor: Greek

Life Goal:

" . . . that [I] might be filled with the knowldge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That [I] might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruiful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God . . ." (Colossians 1:9-10)