Every once and a while, you hear a love story about the one guy or girl who grew up with the cutie down the street and eventually fell in love. These stories are beautiful, but our story is by far the greatest. We are childhood sweethearts who grew up together in a small town in Florida. We attended the same church where I (Eric) was the drummer, and my wife Tacondra was the piano player. The spark ignited between us after playing a game of truth or dare at Tacondra's ninth birthday party when we were dared to give each other a kiss. This innocent puppy love captured our hearts back then and has matured over the years into the compassionate, unconditional, agape love others see today. We've known each other for over 26 years, we share a beautiful daughter together, and have been happily married for over 15 years. Though it sounds like our marriage is a blissful walk on the beach, we want you to know our story isn't perfect by far! Perfection is the perfect deception! Over the years we have both made mistakes, we've been in the trenches together, and we've overcome challenges and obstacles meant to destroy us. Nevertheless, we are still standing. Built2Last is not just a "ministry" to us, it is our life message!
Eric is a Servant-Leader, Pastor and Teacher best known for his humility, heart for people, and his witty sense of humor. He is a U.S. Army Veteran and served for over 17 years in the United States Army. His military experience, training, discipline, and skills have prepared Eric as a leader in his home, the church, in the workplace and community. Eric is passionate about leading, teaching and building Believers in the word of God in addition to mentoring youth and men to be courageous leaders in the home and community.
Tacondra is an author, artist, inspirational speaker, transformational leader, pastor and preacher. A light of hope in this dark world, she is graced with influence and an anointing to minister healing, freedom, wholeness and restoration to the lives of God's people through her presence, writings, and prophetic spiritual gifts. Tacondra is known for her beautiful spirit, contagious presence, her down-to-earth personality, straightforward but loving, transparent, and practical approach to advising others while merging spirituality with the practicalities of everyday living. Tacondra is extremely passionate about working with wounded women who struggle with knowing their worth, wrestling with fear, rejection, broken beliefs, feeling stuck and unable to build and birth their visions after experiencing traumatic losses.
Eric and Tacondra founded Built2Last Marriages in 2014 after realizing their need for examples of young Godly marriages and mentors in their lives and within the military community. They started the marriage enrichment group by inviting their married military friends who were experiencing similar struggles as them. In spite of barriers and circumstances that have hindered the marriage movement, Eric and Tacondra deeply believe this ministry and community is a mandate they've been commissioned to carry. The vision for Built2Last Marriages and Built2Last Ministries continues to evolve as God perfects the work He has began in them.
Eric and Tacondra have a heart for all marriages but especially military marriages after seeing divorce rates grow at an all-time high over the years, affecting some of their closest friends. Their marriage isn't perfect by any means, but they are a true testament of love and are determined to be an example of how battle buddies in matrimony fight together and win victories over obstacles that come to tear them apart. Eric and Tacondra's union is battle-ready, tested & proven and they are equipping other like-minded married couples to defeat the true enemy of their union.
Our mission is to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to bring healing, restoration, and reformation to the Church. We believe in building men, women, marriages, relationships, and families in truth, intimacy, love, and maturity God's way by teaching and equipping Believers for the work of ministry by merging biblical principles with the practicalities of everyday living, for the building up the body of Christ, until we all attain the unity of faith and the knowledge of the Son of God. In doing so, we build strong and healthy family units, communities, and nations!
Our Core Values
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (NLT)
1 Corinthians 3:9-11
Belief: Strong faith in God who is the rock upon which we stand
Unity: There is power in unity and working together
Integrity: We value being true to the heart and nature of God, His Word, His ways, and His love. We build with truth
Love: God is love and love is the foundation.
Differences: All individuals and marriages are unique. We respect one another’s differences and intentionally build upon them for the edifying of the Kingdom of God.
What We Provide:
Jesus Christ (The solid Foundation upon which our life is built upon)
Faith-Inspired Self-Development & Marriage Books, Guides, and Resources
Faith, Unity & Marriage Apparel
Marriage Retreats, workshops, seminars, and trainings that build the lives and well-beings of Believers .