Dr. Eric M. Gurley


The Man

Dr. Eric M. Gurley has been married to Nadine E. Gurley for over 25 years and they have two children; a daughter, Erin and a son, Noah.  Dr. Gurley is affiliated with several social and community organizations such as Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons, Valdosta Lodge #19 and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

The Matriculation

Pastor Gurley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Valdosta State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Carver Bible College with his second Bachelor degree in Biblical Studies. He also received his Master of Arts degree in Christian Leadership from Luther Rice Seminary and University in Lithonia, GA.  Pastor Gurley furthered his education at Newburgh Theological Seminary and earned his Doctor of Ministry. 

The Ministry

Dr. Gurley was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in April 1997 at the Woods Memorial Baptist Church in College Park, GA.  On December 31, 1998, he was ordained with the approval of the Ordination Council at Woods Memorial Baptist Church, College Park, GA under the leadership of Pastor Toney Mosley.

In 1999, Pastor Gurley and his family moved to Columbia, SC where he joined the Oak Grove Baptist Church and served under the leadership of the late Rev. Willie J. Goodwin, Jr.  He became very active in the South Carolina Congress of Christian Education and the Gethsemane Baptist Association.  While in South Carolina, he served as Interim Pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Columbia, SC and Jerusalem Baptist Church, Hopkins, SC.  Dr. Gurley and his family relocated back to Atlanta, GA in July 2002 and later served as Youth Pastor of the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, College Park, GA for five years under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Robert W. Crummie, Sr.  Pastor Gurley accepted the interim pastorate of Flint Ridge Baptist Church in February 2012 and on July 28, 2012 the church body unanimously elected him as Pastor.

Pastor Gurley currently serves as the Vice Moderator of the Metropolitan Baptist Association within the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia (National Baptist Convention, USA).

The Motivation

Pastor Gurley’s most inspiring scripture is II Corinthians 5:17,

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”.