Éric was raised in a "non-practising" Catholic family in the City of Montreal. As an altar boy, he served and even trained others but in his teen years he abandoned religion to become a rock star in the world of music. At the age of 18 one of his fellow musicians shared with him how he could have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A few months later (Jan. 1984) Éric received the free gift of eternal life and joined a church plant on the Island of Montreal.
Éric immediately became involved in the life of the church and a few weeks later he joined a Christian music group. In September 1985 he started a youth group and because of the growth and progress in the group, the church called him as youth pastor.
Soon after their marriage, they joined the launch team as part of a strategic church planting project in the town of La Baie (Saguenay Region), and the Lord blessed the work over the next ten years (1990-2000) as it grew to a mature congregation of 150 adult believers, plus children.
For the past decade, Éric and Carole have been based out of Laval, QC and have been involved in a number of ministry and leadership projects. Éric began feeling led by the Lord to join the pastoral ranks of our French-speaking Fellowship churches. Eventually he joined the pastoral team at our Terrebonne-Mascouche church (north east of Montreal) - a mother church that has already planted five daughter works (Laval-Est; Gaspé; Grand-Sault; St. Jérôme; and Saint-Eustache). Of course when they hired Éric in an administrative role, they knew he was an experienced church planter, and they believed that he was God's provision to be their next church planter in the "La Petite-Patrie" district of Montreal which is definitely an urban setting.
The Petite-Patrie district of Montreal has a multi-cultural population of just over 60,000 made up of 76% French-speaking Quebecers; 5% Spanish; 4% English and 15% from various countries of the world. A total of 62% of the population regards themselves as single, which could possibly mean they are in a common-law relationship with just over 20% legally married. About 70% of the population claims to be Roman Catholic and the evangelical population is very small.
God had been preparing the way for His church to be born and flourish long before Éric was engaged to be the church planter. The mother church at Terrebonne/Mascouche was led to purchase a place of worship for their future church plant in the "la Petite-Patrie" district several years ago. They purchased a former bank building situated right on the south east corner of St. Denis and St. Zotique, and so the church has adopted the name "L'Église du Coin" (Church on the Corner/ www.egliseducoin.ca).
The church's official launch took place on Sunday, September 11th, 2011.