Eric Heilman –
“I grew up playing jazz and pop in Sacramento, playing with a variety of musicians in there and in San Francisco, working mostly as a bass player on fretted, fretless, and acoustic bass. I played briefly with Charlie Peacock and recorded several songs on Charlie’s early albums. Eventually moving to San Francisco, I began playing piano more often and led a jazz and R&B band in small clubs there and in the East Bay. I met my wife Pam while teaching in an elementary school in San Francisco, made a decision for Christ shortly after the birth of my son Max in 1995, and moved to Long Beach to start a family.
I dropped out of music for a couple of years after that, eventually finding my way back after being recruited to sing in a church choir, and then developing skills as a worship leader in contemporary settings. I’ve been serving as worship leader in some capacity in several churches since then, and currently serve as Worship Coordinator at my home church, Bridges Church, in Long Beach, were I’m frequently joined in the worship team by my son Max, who is a fine drummer, and my daughter Abigail (19), who is a gifted singer, pianist, dancer and actress. My youngest, Grace (14), is also a piano player and until recently also an active ballet dancer.
Pam and are are amazed at the way the LORD has worked in our lives and our family – He led me to a career change in 2001, when I began teaching math to middle schoolers at Calvary Christian School in Pacific Palisades. Pam now serves as director of the Academic Resource Center there, and we together suffer a daily commute on the 405, but also share the joy of pointing children to God’s goodness. “
Episode 46: Eric Heilman – Worship Leadership & Playing with Charlie Peacock
Eric Heilman –