Faith & Coffee is a blog about the Christian faith in the everyday—from social media, to work, to school, to global events. In the spirit of a “practical theology,” Faith & Coffee seeks to explore what Christian Faith looks like in the real world experiences of people of faith or no faith.

2016-05-12 01.05.12I’m Eric Ledermann, an ordained minister (“teaching elder”) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since 2001. I’ve served churches as both a solo and associate pastor in Ohio, New York, California, and now Arizona. Since February, 2012, I have been serving as pastor of University Presbyterian Church of Tempe, Arizona—about 1.5 miles south of Arizona State University. I hope to be there for a very long time! (Do you hear that as a prayer request, God?) So, if you find yourself in the Phoenix area, please feel free to drop in!

I am a graduate of San Diego State University (Go Aztecs!), with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California, with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2017 I completed a course of study in practical theology, earning a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. The focus of title of my final thesis was: “Toward a More Open and Welcoming Table: Eucharistic Theology and Socio-political Ethics in the Reformed Tradition.” If you really want to read it, you can download it here.

In my “free time” I enjoy photography, reading, writing, hiking/camping, and going out for a cup of coffee with folks to talk and share our stories. So, don’t hesitate to call me, tweet me, message me, or get a hold me any way you can, and let’s go have a cup o’ jo together and grow together!

I started this blog in hopes of contributing to the ongoing conversations about the ever-shifting landscape of religious and public life in North America. My views are my own, and certainly do not necessarily reflect the communities, whether religious or secular, in which I live and serve. I hope you are inspired by what I offer, and I would love to be in conversation with you! Feel free to comment on my posts!