“I was born in Chicago, Illinois. My Father was a Turkish national, so we lived in Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey, for the first eight years of my life. I then moved to Mansfield, Ohio, with my mother and consider that my hometown. I had the privilege of serving as a cook in the United States Air Force. While stationed at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, I was invited to a base Bible study, where I learned of my need of salvation. The lady in charge of the Bible study led me to Christ.”
After leaving the Air Force, Eric joined Community Bible Church in Mansfield, Ohio, and met his future wife Karen. Just prior to being married, he enrolled in Bible college as a Bible major.
Following the birth of their first child, Erica, Eric and Karen moved to Knightdale, North Carolina. They joined Friendship Baptist Church shortly after their move. Erica is a graduate of Friendship Christian School, and the Tasmans’ son Matthew is a graduate of Friendship Christian School’s Specialized Learning Center. They have one grandson!
Eric is actively involved in outreach ministries at Wake Correctional and Sunrise Assisted Living. He serves as a member of the maintenance staff at Friendship Baptist Church. Additionally, Eric enjoys cooking special treats for friends and family and is thankful for the opportunities the Lord has given him to serve at FBC.