Erik Balkey

Got to hang with Erik Balkey a little bit on Friday. Great to see him and catch up. He came over and we caught lunch at Cindy’s, and then came back home and traded a few songs here. He’s playing in and around Dallas several times during this next week, so be sure and go catch him if you can

Erik’s a hardworking, hard-travelling songwriter, whose become a good friend these last couple of years. I first met him on the internet, when we both had pages on the old “mp3.com.” I think I met him in the real world a couple of years ago, when he was a Wildflower and Kerrville finalist.
Since then, we catch up at Kerrville about once a year. So, it was nice to get the chance to see him inbetween those times. He’s writing a lot of great new songs that he shared with me.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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