Eric Wieckmann (also known as Captain Eric) has been involved in Children's Ministry since graduating from Church Army in 1985. In the year 2000 Eric received the Ministry to Children Award for Excellence in Ministry; in 2002 he was nominated for Casey Citizen of the Year and in 2005 Eric became the Casey Citizen of the Year.

Eric and his wife, Cathy, co-founded CHIPS in 1999 in order to provide support, encouragement and advice to primary aged children, their parents and school staff within the City of Casey. Due to the increased need amongst local primary school communities, the work soon expanded into neighbouring areas, then interstate and eventually overseas. Eric and the team at CHIPS are supported by a wonderful group of dedicated, caring and passionate volunteers who work tirelessly in helping children from many backgrounds deal with a variety of issues.

Eric draws on his own life experience and is able to communicate to people of all ages, using dynamic and interactive visual presentations to inspire and motivate church congregations for life change. He has lectured at Harvest and Tabor Bible Colleges and was previously a member of CCES.

Eric has been married for 37 years and has three wonderful adult children and three grandchildren.

*All money raised from Eric’s speaking engagements goes back into CHIPS’ programs in local primary schools.