Eric Mounts was raised in Springfield, Ohio and graduated from Cedarville College in 1981 majoring in Business Administration. He was recognized as a third team NAIA All American basketball player in 1981 and holds several records at Cedarville. He graduated the third all time leading career collegiate scorer in Ohio college basketball. In 1982 he married his wife Andi (from suburban Detroit) whom he met at Cedarville. Andi taught physical education and coached for seven years until she had their first child.

He went to Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Theology degree (ThM) in 1985 and finished a Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois in 2003.

He has served in pastoral ministry for the last thirty years. He served the Southgate Baptist Church as an associate for four and a half years in the 80’s before serving as the pastor of the Grand Ledge Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan for six years, until 1995. From 1995 until 2011 he served the Southgate Baptist Church in Springfield, Ohio as the Senior Pastor. He served as the senior pastor at Bible Center Church in Charleston, West Virginia from March 2011 until September of 2015.

Eric and Andi have three children. Caleb graduated from Cedarville in 2009 and married Cedarville grad and Southgate friend Emily Alexander in July of 2009. Caleb is director of IT at Ohio Valley Surgery Center in Springfield, Ohio. Ben graduated from Cedarville in 2011 and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University in 2014. He married Lesley Wooten, commercial loan officer for City Bank, in August of 2014. He serves as an employment lawyer with the Steptoe and Johnson law firm in Charleston, West Virginia. Abbey graduated in 2013 from Cedarville with a Nursing degree and is serving children in nursing at Dayton Children’s Hospital. She married Dane Gordon, director of marketing for R & L Trucking, in April of 2014.