During the 1970s, after several years as missionaries to the Philippines and serving as a Methodist Pastor, Jim and Jan Erb began an outreach to teenagers in Western Pennsylvania during which the Holy Spirit moved powerfully in salvation, healing and deliverance. Those meetings, which started in a barn in Mercer, PA, grew to gatherings of thousands of people in Pennsylvania and came to be known as the Jesus Festivals throughout the decade of the 1970’s. Eventually, this unprecedented growth led Jim to become the Founding Pastor of Living Word Church of New Wilmington. It was a flourishing church that reached over 800 people and ultimately planted several churches throughout Western PA.
Jim Erb founded Antioch International Ministries (AIM) in 1995 as a network of ministry leaders, churches and ministries. Jim’s desire was to break through denominational, racial, ethnic and cultural barriers and to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth. To that end, the Lord used him powerfully in areas of prophetic teaching, ministry and broader church oversight—literally around the globe.
As an Apostle, gifted Teacher and respected Pastor, Jim Erb served in full-time ministry for over 60 years until his death in September of 2017. Jan Erb served as Jim’s lifelong partner in ministry. She continues as a faithful servant of the Lord and is a real Mother-In-Israel to the local body. Her wise counsel and acts of kindness are a continual source of blessing to many. Apostle Erb’s legacy goes on through his works and his many sons in ministry. As our corporate logo reflects, each of those sons are launched as arrows into their local communities perpetuating all that he deposited into their lives.
Currently fulfilling the leadership responsibility of AIM is Pastor Jim Sanderbeck, a Brother-in-Law and spiritual son of Apostle Erb. He has served pastorally in 4 churches, served as a teacher, an educational and social service administrator, athletic coach and is the co-founder of Rock Solid Administrative Services. Other members of the Apostolic Council are Jan Erb (Apostle Erb’s wife), Esther Sanderbeck (Apostle Erb’s sister, Pastor Sanderbeck’s wife and co-founder at RSAS) and Pastor Phil Imler, a highly respected and honored Apostle/Pastor in Youngstown, OH. He also directs a network, Harvesters International, and was a long-standing close intimate friend of Apostle Erb. This team now excitedly leads AIM into the Kingdom Age of the church which Apostle Erb prophesied would “no longer be seen as a fortress but rather a force in the world.”