Renewal Team, United States
Eric first considered missions at Urbana 76, while studying Civil Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Upon graduation in 1979, Eric pursued student ministry with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. In 1980, he married Karen, also a graduate from the University of Cincinnati (Art Education). Two years later, the Lord confirmed their call to missions through a two-month mission experience in S. Korea. In 1984, they moved to Philadelphia, where Eric attended Westminster Theological Seminary. It was then, as members of New Life Church, that they were introduced to Serge. It was also through New Life Church that Eric and Karen first participated in the Sonship course and were gripped by God's grace in a fresh way.
In 1990, Eric and Karen applied to Serge, were accepted, and seconded to work with IFES Ireland (the Inter-Varsity type movement in Ireland). In 1996, they joined the Serge Team in Dublin. The team strategy at the time was facilitative; coming alongside Irish church planters, training and resourcing them in the church planting ministries to which God had called them. In 2001, Eric became the team leader and then in 2005 the Area Director (AD) for Ireland. His experience in coaching and mentoring Irish church leaders included Sonship mentoring as a couple. In 2011, Eric handed off the team leader role and his AD responsibilities expanded to include supervising Serge team leading couples in the Czech Republic and Romania.
In February 2017, the Brauers transitioned to Central Europe, moving to Vienna, Austria. Growing opportunities to mentor and coach church planters in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria, led to establishing the Central Europe Regional team in 2020. Living in Vienna, Karen’s ministry blossomed through mentoring and using her creative, teaching and discipling gifts in leading painting workshops with friends and women trafficked to Vienna for prostitution.
In the summer 2022 the Brauers relocated to the States. In April 2023, Eric joined the Serge Renewal team. His new role includes Sonship mentoring in the States, fostering international renewal with Serge teams overseas and coaching Serge workers engaged in mentoring national church planters.
Eric and Karen have seven adult children and nine grandchildren, living in 4 different countries on 3 continents.
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