Eric Bowden was born in Wilmington, N.C. December 11, 1976 to Doris Bowden. Eric was educated in the New Hanover County School system. He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1995. He went on to attend Fayetteville State University in which he became president of the local NAACP for the 1996 semester. He also worked for the enrichment program AmeriCorps where he helped 1st and 2nd graders who were struggling with reading scores. Eric also was a part of the community organization Cure Aids of Wilmington. He helped educate the youth in the community about STDS and HIV awareness.
In 2001 he married Renada Bowden and they have 2 children, Erika and Jaden Bowden. Eric and his family relocated to Columbia, S.C. 2003. Eric started working at Palmetto Health Richland hospital as a Environmental Service Floor Tech. He was soon promoted and is now the 2nd shift supervisor in the Sterile Processing Department. Eric received his certification for Sterile Processing in November 2010. Eric has been employed with Palmetto Health since 2003 to present day.
Eric started his non-profit christian organization, Eternal Release in 2009. Eric always knew that God had a special calling on his life. It was God who gave him the vision to start Eternal Release to help young men to become saved. Eternal Release is mentoring and helping young men from the ages of 18-30 at Oliver Gospel Mission and Department of Social Services.
Eternal Release has also built relationship with other organization in the community such as Richland Primary Health Care, Christ Central, and a prayer group with CityLight. Eric is also the director of CityLight Family Vision.
Eric and his family have a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. They have a family creed that they live by and repeat on a daily basis, “We will love each other as God loves the church, we will obey Gods word through faith, and we will be a generation that honors God.