Hi, I'm Eric.
Eric Dunaway is the Communications Pastor at Pathway, and he harbors a deep love for all things creative. Prior to his adventures in ministry, Eric was a graphic designer working in advertising. As our Communications Pastor, he is able to merge his love for visual arts with his calling to help people discover and take their next steps in Christ. If he could be anywhere, Eric would find himself outdoors with his wife, four kids, and three Chihuahuas—a camera in one hand and a hot dark roast in the other. In his dreams, Eric lives atop a mountain and wears a lush beard year-round.
Ministries Eric Leads
Get to Know Eric
Something you’re good at:
One thing that more than anything else stands out as a true spiritual gift, and has been widely and unanimously regarded as perhaps my greatest contribution to this world is this: my homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Just how good are they? Well, I don’t mean to brag, but there’s a very good chance they are better than your mom’s.
Something funny/quirky about yourself:
I love to sing along with the radio when I’m in the car.
That’s not even the quirky part.
As I’m belting out a favorite tune, sitting at a traffic stop, I will often watch the drivers around me to see if they just happen to be singing along to the same song… even though I’m listening to my own playlist.
But seriously, how crazy would that be, right? I still believe it could happen.
Where’s your happy place?
Most people I’ve talked to here in northeast Indiana have never heard of the Keweenaw Peninsula. If you were to pull up a map of Lake Superior, you’d see just a tiny little strip of land making the northern-most tip of Michigan, and that is the Keweenaw. Most people are surprised when I tell them that it takes us almost twelve hours to drive there, which we’ve done every summer since 2015. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is an incredibly beautiful place — natural, rugged, and littered with beautiful waterfalls, gorgeous coastline, and something called pasties (think potpies on the inside, but an empanada on outside).
The Keweenaw Peninsula is home to our happy place, a little retreat called Gitche Gumee Bible Camp. We’ve made some sweet memories together as a family — not the least of which has been dominating the beach volleyball tournament two of the last three years. In your face, Gitche staff!
First album you ever purchased?
The year was 1990, and the album was in the form of a cassette tape. The artists, dare I call them such, were Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan — the two members of the group Milli Vanilli.
Anyone who can recall that album has to admit the cultural impact, in many ways defining a generation. Much of my teen years were largely shaped by the inspirational lyrics and spiritual undertones of songs like “Girl You Know It’s True” and “Blame It on the Rain.” But “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” probably had the most profound impact on me as a young man grappling with the complexities of life and faith in the early 90’s.
The day we learned the truth about these groundbreaking artists and their lip-syncing ways was a dark day indeed. In many ways, the world hasn’t been the same since.