About Rich Thornton

I like to travel, take pictures, read and listen to books, ride roller coasters, and eat chocolate, not necessarily at the same time. I enjoy my family and friends and being the Child of God I was created to be. Along the way I am the Field Director for Church Planting for the ERC, Twenty:Twenty Initiative.

4:12 Summit – Reaching Beyond

Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:12 that we are all to be equipped to serve. Our upcoming 4:12 Summit is meant to equip you to serve! This event is for church planters, pastors, other church leaders, and every Christian, every "saint" ready and wanting to make a difference in their neighborhood. Friday night, June 14, [...]

By | June 11th, 2019|Events|0 Comments

Salt and Light Church launched on the Beach!

On Sunday, April 7, 2019 the newest ERC church launched on Ormond Beach, Florida. Pastor Pam Jordan and her husband Lloyd were given a vision 21 years ago to plant a church on the beach. These past two decades they have been preparing themselves to do this and now the time has come. They invested [...]

By | April 26th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Salt and Light Church launches in Ormond Beach, Florida! Let’s pray for them!

Sunday, April 7, 2019 marks the launch day for the ERC's newest church, Salt and Light Church in Ormond Beach, Florida. Pastor Pam Jordan has had a dream for the last 21 years. And for the last 9 months, she and her team have been planning, gathering, ordering, praying, fasting, studying, researching, training, and anticipating. [...]

By | April 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

ERC Evangelism & Multiplication Summit

REGISTER for this 4th annual Summit! Lots to learn and friends to meet! Saturday, February 23 Mt. Holly Springs Church of God 9 to 2:45 P.M. $25 per person (includes lunch). REGISTER HERE 12 great workshops to chose from A special intensive on worship technology and how you can have great worship without a band, [...]

By | February 1st, 2019|Events|0 Comments

4:12 Summit – Loving your neighbors

The 4:12 Summit is designed for individuals who want to really love their neighbors. Attendees will include church planters, pastors, leaders/laity, members and community. The power of loving your neighbor, the true message of the Cross. Join us as we discuss in depth what that looks like. Some of the presenters are pictured above. For [...]

By | October 19th, 2018|Events|0 Comments

Xchange – One-to-One Discipleship!

We are so happy to partner with Steve McCoy, pastor and creator of Xchange, to make disciples who make disciples. Together with Steve, we believe there is a relational depth that can be found beyond the experiences of Sunday worship and small groups. This is what Xchange is all about – capturing the power of one-to-one relationships. [...]

By | October 4th, 2018|Media|0 Comments

Dinosaurs to Rabbits! Decline to Multiplication!

Mainline Church Consultant Bill Easum is concerned about the future of the church. In his new book “Dinosaurs to Rabbits” he uses an animal comparison to illustrate where the church is headed (a dinosaur) compared to where it should be headed (a rabbit).   For example, some of the differences: Dinosaurs: reproduce a smaller but still [...]

By | August 16th, 2018|Articles|0 Comments

The Power of Multiplication!

The new strategy is as old as the Bible itself -- make disciples who make disciples who make disciples! Watch as Chuck Frank, Director of Multiplication, challenges us to multiply disciples, leaders, ministries, and churches. We can do this!

By | July 16th, 2018|Media|0 Comments

ERC Multiplication Summit

Register here to attend in Middletown! Virtual attendance available here! Come hear Dr. David Nelms of The Timothy Initiative on June 11, 2018 at Middletown First Church of God. Through The Timothy Initiative, David has led in seeing over 50,000 churches started internationally and now they are also working to start thousands in the United [...]

By | May 17th, 2018|Events|0 Comments

The HUB launches in Elmira, NY

We are so happy that The HUB launched on Easter in Elmira, NY. Jeremy Cranmer is the pastor of this new church and community center designed to be a real HUB in the city of Elmira. God is moving at the center of it all.

By | April 24th, 2018|Media|0 Comments