Francois Erasmus started life in South Africa and grew up in what he called a “nominal Christian” (non-Adventist) home. When Erasmus was 20 years old, he along with his parents and three younger brothers were baptized into the Adventist Church.

Even after having been told by friends and a former pastor that he was called into ministry, he waited 17 years before enrolling in college to study theology. During those years he lived in South Africa, Israel and England, but eventually returned home to work in the family’s labor brokering business.

Sensing that he could no longer ignore God’s call, he enrolled at Weimar College in California. He graduated in May 2013 with a bachelors’ degree in theology and is presently studying for a masters’ degree in pastoral ministry. He says his greatest accomplishment was getting married to the love of his life, Emily, on July 5, 2010.

Serving the church in Kansas and Nebraska

While visiting Emily’s relatives in Lincoln, Nebraska, after his college graduation, Erasmus visited the Kansas-Nebraska Conference office to introduce himself. In January 2014, Erasmus was hired as the pastor for the Grand Island, Aurora and Hastings, Nebraska, district. After two years, Erasmus was transferred to the El Dorado, Eureka, Fredonia and Sedan, Kansas, district.

Erasmus and Emily enjoy serving the church and their congregations. Erasmus enjoys doing Bible studies and personal visitations. They love sharing the Lord and His love with members of the churches and their communities.

Erasmus was ordained Nov. 9, 2019 at the Eureka Church in Kansas.

Edited by John Sweigart, vice president for administration for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference.