“I’m a missionary through my pen,
and this is why I write.”
By the Age of Three
“My Grandmother told me that when I was a child I’d talk to anyone and everyone.”
“She said, ‘You didn’t know a stranger!’ I still don’t. There is not a shy bone in my body. I love people, and I’m not easily intimidated. It’s very funny, but by the age of three, I was demanding my parent’s attention, preaching to them in my favorite chair. When you have a message, it goes deep into your bones just as Jeremiah said. You are compelled to speak it. God has given me a message for the masses, and I’m both called and compelled to speak it forth with boldness.”
Where it all started — In my favorite chair preaching to my parents.
Erin Pavlicek is a Kansas City native born into the typical suburban family. Her passion for writing began at the tender age of three when she declared to her mother that she wanted to “make a burk!” Being overtaken with a love for books she could not yet read, and reams of blank paper, Erin would often beg her mother during grocery errands in the office aisle, leaving her baffled. Erin created her first book, Maple the Horse, at the age of seven, constructed of over a hundred pages filled with a storyline she had penned, complete with artwork she had drawn, and a hand-made hardcover she had crafted, wrapped in plastic, “just like the ones at the library!” she told her father. Only then did her parents understand what lay beneath her feverish curiosities and blank paper obsessions. She did several of these books between the ages of seven and ten, kept to this day by her parents.
That love affair continued and matured. Throughout her school age and adolescent years Erin studied and excelled in Art, English, and Writing, becoming known among her peers as a “wordsmith”. Her mother who was a French and English teacher, and her father, who was an avid reader, both encouraged and supported her in her artistic endeavors.
During these formative years she refined her skills, specializing in both Art and Writing, taking special courses, entering local competitions, and winning numerous awards. At the age of eighteen Erin was offered a contract with Hallmark which was politely declined in favor of college, at which time she became an Art major at the University of Kansas. At the age of nineteen Erin committed her life to Jesus Christ and experienced radical transformation that was life-changing, upon which she was was introduced to God’s book, the Holy Bible. She fell madly in love, especially with its Author who inspired it, and began intense study, spending much time in prayer, intercession and personal research.
Blank Paper Obsessions
“I have always been a fan of blank paper.
By the age of three I was collecting it.”
“I remember fondling blank pages of every texture and color, dreaming about them; not even fully understanding what God had deposited in me. I believe those empty pages so enthralled me because they represented an endless possibility toward a finished work. To this very day there is something entirely ethereal about holding a book in my hands. It has a power all its own. That beloved wonder has been with me since my earliest years. I do not remember a time in my life when I wasn’t writing. Writing is like breathing for me. It’s my greatest outlet. There’s something profoundly powerful about laying the intangible word to the tangible page where it can be seen, read, and experienced over and over again. It does what speaking cannot do, because it’s life is exponential.
“God is a writer, too. From the beginning of time He put His eternal Word into writing for us. He took intitiative with Moses on the Mount, inscribing His commandments into stone. And He didn’t stop there. He established it on the page through His Apostles and Prophets. He’s inscribed our names in His Book of Life. God loves to write. I believe He does it all the time, keeping records in heaven as revealed in Revelation. The written word lives on, long after one has spoken. And I am so humbled and honored by the opportunity to represent Him and His Word through the works He’s given me to accomplish.”
Upon being born again, Erin was discipled in the Assemblies of God, but soon realized denominational barriers and the division they created were something directly contrary to Christ’s teaching. Upon that revelation Erin disregarded any affiliation with a specific denomination, making her sole allegiance to Christ and His Word. To this day she considers herself a follower of Christ, believing in the simplicity of the Gospel as taught by the Apostles and Prophets: that the whole Word of God is the absolute and final authoritative Truth, being the eternal, inerrant, Holy Spirit inspired Word of the one true living God.
As a Spirit-filled believer she graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1996 with a BS degree in Family and Children and a minor in Psychology. Erin was called into the medical field as a nurse in 2002 and began her studies in Tulsa, OK. Her nursing career began in 2005 as an LPN, and she graduated with a BSN in 2010 from Washburn University. As the Great Physician, God has given Erin revelations through her nursing profession about His Body and divine health which often supplements her teaching.
“The Lord has taught me how to be taught.”
“It didn’t happen for me by sitting in a pew on Sunday, or even going to a bible study. These things were merely supplemental. When I came to Christ I discovered early on the awesome wonder of being taught intimately by Christ Jesus. He is the Teacher. He is the One who opens the Scriptures to us by His Spirit. He is the Word. I firmly believe we all have an obligation to learn from God ourselves, taking nothing at face value. The doctrines of men are just that – doctrines. I wanted the real thing, and I purposed in my heart to be His disciple. Being real with God about where I am, and allowing Him to enter into me and my life as He invites me into His Holy of Holies is key to being transformed into His image. We only know the Truth when we are walking in it, in close fellowship with Him, and our knowledge of that Truth is progressive as we journey through life in Christ. I want to lead others in that same journey, by teaching them how to be taught of the Lord, so their lives can be truly transformed.”
Calling & Purpose
Erin loves culture and desires to see the Body of Christ become unified as the “one new man” revealed in Ephesians 2:11-22. She believes that very unity (yachad) defined throughout Scripture is precisely what Christ died to accomplish in His Bride according to John 17. Erin has written on diverse topics in numerous genres, including non-fiction, fiction, bible studies, and children’s stories.
Biblical literacy is Erin’s passion. Promoting discipleship through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ that would achieve biblical literacy is at the center of Erin’s teaching. In an effort to accomplish this, Erin developed Stepping Stones Bible Studies, which employ a unique method she terms ‘scriptural excavation’ in a format that is self-paced, utilizing the Berean approach.
Erin’s speaking and teaching both promote unity in the Body of Christ with an understanding of Christianity’s Hebraic roots. She covers many topics that are pertinent to the issues affecting the Church today, which are often controversial. Her speaking engagements include an interactive Q&A session for the audience afterward (when appropriate), which promotes unity, broadens understanding, and affords corporate discussion.
Erin has a great love for, and a special calling to the Native American people and Israel. Since 1996 Erin has worked with the Native American people in varying capacities. These two tribal nations play a vital role and have a strategic part in the end times in which we are currently living. As of 2013 forty Native American tribes have officially covenanted with Israel in which a signed document was presented to Israel’s Knesset. She had the immense honor of signing that covenant document, and continues to advocate for the covenant support of Israel among Native American tribes in the US and Canada. Erin speaks, writes, and travels in support of Native American ministries in the United States and Canada, serving as an advocate for their work.
In 2014 Erin launched Appointed Time Ministries as an online ministry which became an affiliate of United Tribes for Christ Fellowship in 2016. In 2018 she founded Appointed Time Press, LLC, her independent publishing company, a private label, which would host her work. Appointed Time Press, LLC is dedicated to creating quality Christian press for the end time generation.
Today Erin reaches a worldwide audience, networking with individuals and ministries for the core purpose of preparing the Church for the return of Jesus Christ.
The Wordsmith Blog is the central place where teaching goes forth and community happens on a vast spectrum of critical Christian topics.
“I feel an enormous weight of responsibility with the calling God has given me to teach people His word.”
“I have a great fear of God in handling His word accurately. I have a passion for accuracy, and undivided, unadulterated Truth. This is what I’ve pursued. I want others to catch that same fire; that same fear of God, and pursue it as well. I have no interest in teaching my opinion. I want to teach His Truth, elaborating upon the words He’s given to mankind so generously. That is a responsibility and stewardship I take very, very seriously. I know what it is to be a smoldering wick and a bruised reed. We are very delicate creatures in the hands of an Almighty God. So I know my boundaries. I won’t venture where He hasn’t taken me first. I plan to teach as God taught me: lathering truth upon His precious people with oodles and oodles of mercy, grace, compassion, encouragement, and inspired hope that brings life – and life abundantly. May not one be lost.”
Erin enjoys the great outdoors, intimate time with family and friends, entertaining, the fine arts, cooking, baking, gardening, and leisure reading and writing. She is a patriot and is an avid lover of history which dominates her bookshelves. Erin considers herself an earthy barefoot-and-green-grass type of lady, and believes a good book is at times the very best company. Aside from the Word of God, her favorite books are the classics from eras gone by. Her mother teases that she was born a hundred years too late, and that she sucked all the Irish blood out of the family, affectionately calling her their ‘Lassie’. Her ethnicity includes German, Irish, Scottish, English, Italian, French, Czech, and Cherokee. She currently resides with her family in Native America.
“Our lives are read of all men. People are watching.”
“We each bear His testimony as a living witness in a unique way, displaying His splendor and glory like no one else can. Never does Christ condemn those whose hearts genuinely seek Him. I pray that my life will be genuine with God – even in the mess. I believe we can all be living epistles for God, regardless of what we’ve done or where we’ve been. We serve a God of miracles. That is what He does best, and He just loves to do them. He has chosen the weak and foolish things of this world to confound the wise. I will be the first to admit that I fit both categories. My desire is to always point people to Jesus Christ. I’m nothing apart from Him, and because of Jesus Christ I am a miracle. There is no other Savior. There is no other God. And He is all powerful.”