Friend Christian Assembly in Friend, Nebraska, has announced that Eric Black has accepted a call to serve as the church’s senior pastor, beginning his ministry in Friend in early July.

Originally from the Midwest, Eric, his wife, Cindy, and his family returned to the U.S. this past spring after spending 12 years as a missionary to Nigeria where Eric was working with the Center for Biblical Studies in Aba in southeastern Nigeria. Since 2004, they were members/missionaries with Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle on Long Island.

Eric and Cindy are parents to four girls and two boys: Hannah, Jillian, Emily, Elijah, Caleb, and Naomi.

Eric and Cindy Black

Friend Christian Assembly has been in Friend for 88 years. By 1932 the Friend Gospel Tabernacle was renting the vacant Baptist Church in town as a meeting place. In 1968 construction on a new church home along Highway 6 was started and by January of 1969 a dedication service had been held.

Through the years, Friend Christian Assembly has equipped and sent a number of ministers to serve in various places in the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies, including Warren Heckman, Ron Drake, and Branden Dyer.