Eric & Virginia Spangler

Asia

Eric and Virginia Spangler have been a part of the Free Methodist Family since 1990. Serving the local church, the Spanglers have cared for God’s people in two congregations in the midwest, and four congregations in the Pacific Northwest Conference. They have a home in Arlington, Washington, just north of Seattle. Eric grew up in north Idaho, and Virginia in Texas. They met while attending a discipleship training program and serving at a ministry in north Texas founded by the late Keith Green, who had significant impact upon their hearts for the world. After marriage, the Spanglers found the Free Methodist Church in north central Illinois, eventually moving back to the northwest, where they call home when not in Asia. Eric’s heart was changed when he was invited to visit Asia for the first time, traveling with then Bishop Kevin Mannoia. The Spanglers returned as a family of six on a mission trip soon after, and from the local church, Eric made near annual trips to Asia over the next 15 years. Eric continued to gain experience working with FMWM when he joined Art Brown’s staff as the Director of Mobilization helping for 5 years to send many missionaries to our world areas. After returning to serve as pastor in PNWC, he continued to make yearly visits to Asia. As of June 2014, the Spanglers made the transition to Career Missionary service, and Eric became the Asia Area Director. Bishop Matt Thomas has given him three broad priorities: To oversee the FMWM missionary team in Asia; partner with Asian national leaders to build and support strategies that will grow the church; and work to more purposefully connect FMC-Asia with the FMC-USA, building partnerships and relationships that will be mutually beneficial. The Spanglers have four grown children, two of which are married to wonderful spouses. When they are not working out of their home in Arlington, they are based out of the Asia Area Office in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

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