Board Treasurer, Brevard County Appointee
Eric Austin is a native of Melbourne, Florida, where he currently resides with his wife. He graduated from Melbourne High School in 2000 and he began working as a police officer for the Cocoa Police Department in 2001. As the support services commander, he oversaw the criminal investigations division, communications center, records section, finance and budget, accreditation, training, recruiting and hiring, field training and evaluation program, policy development, and code enforcement.
Over the years, he served as a patrol officer, school resource officer, detective, sergeant, community relations sergeant, and lieutenant over professional compliance and internal affairs. He continues to serve as a reserve police officer.
Eric transitioned to Discover Life Church and Parkhurst Academy full-time in July 2017. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor and CFO of Discover Life Church and President and Superintendent of Parkhurst Academy, a K4-12 private school. He oversees the operations and finances of both organizations. He is also an adjunct instructor for Eastern Florida State College and Daytona State College.
Eric earned his AA degree from Eastern Florida State College, formerly Brevard Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida, and he completed the Honors in the Major Program at Burnett Honors College. He is finishing his Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University. He holds positions on multiple non-profit boards, including AMIkids Space Coast, Renewed Counseling, and Cocoa Community First. The majority of boards he serves on support programs for children.
Eric has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Habitat for Humanity, several humanitarian mission trips to South America, Europe, Asia, and other non-profits striving to help children and families in the community. His passions include advocating for child victims, mentoring at-risk children, and assisting families to overcome adversity.