Born in Baltimore, Maryland to Edward and Delois Billips, The Reverend Doctor Eric Ray Billips, Sr. was both converted and called to the ministry at an early age. He attended and graduated from the Baltimore City public school system. As a student in high school, he preached his trial sermon at the young age of 15 at Allen AME Church (Baltimore, Maryland) under the pastorate of the Reverend Ronald E. Braxton. Following high school, Reverend Billips moved to Wilberforce, Ohio to attend Wilberforce University, where in 1986 he graduated and was ordained an Itinerant Deacon by Bishop Richard Allen Hildebrand.
Upon graduation from Wilberforce in May of 1986, Rev. Billips returned to Baltimore where, having assisted in small and medium sized congregations, he felt the need to gain the experience of the larger congregation and joined Bethel AME Church (Baltimore, Maryland) under the leadership of Bishop John R. Bryant. In 1988, he was ordained an Itinerant Elder and subsequently assigned as the pastor of Bethel AME Church (Port Deposit, Maryland) by Bishop John Hurst Adams.
Serving Bethel for three years, Rev. Billips felt the call to serve the church beyond the Second Episcopal District. He was transferred to the North Texas Annual Conference of the Tenth Episcopal District and assigned to pastor St. James AME Church (Denton, TX). While in Texas he also served Wade Chapel AME Church (Hillsboro, TX); as the Interim Dean of Chapel and pastor of the Paul Quinn College AME Church (Dallas, TX) and Johnson Chapel AME Church (Fort Worth, TX) and Shiloh AME Church (Galveston, TX). While in Texas, Rev. Billips attended and graduated from Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth, Texas) with a Master of Divinity degree. Rev. Billips is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry degree program at Payne Theological Seminary.
During his pastoral career Rev. Billips has served as the secretary for the Central Texas, the North Texas and the Northwest Texas Annual Conferences. He has been elected as a delegate for the 47th, 48th, 49th and the upcoming 50th sessions of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served on the Texas Conference Board of Examiners, Board of Instructors, and Board of Trustees and, along with his wife, as the Tenth Episcopal District Directors of Christian Education. He also served as president of the Galveston Ministerial Association, Galveston Interfaith Ministries, and a member of the Northside Task Force, an organization dedicated to ensuring that the Galveston Housing Authority rebuilds the public housing units that were destroyed during Hurricane Ike in 2009.
Rev. Billips’ secular experience has included Director of the Bethel AME Outreach Center (Baltimore, Maryland); Human Services Coordinator for the City of Denton, Texas; Program Coordinator for Communities in Schools - McLennan County Youth Collaboration (Waco, Texas); and Administrative Assistant for the Paul Quinn Community Development Corporation (Dallas, Texas).
In February of 2013, Rev. Billips was assigned along with his wife, Rev. Myra T. Billips to Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey by the Rt. Rev. Gregory G.M. Ingram. The Billips became the first pastoral team to receive an official dual pastoral appointment in the First Episcopal District, and one of the few husband and wife teams with both names on a pastoral appointment throughout the connectional A.M.E. Church.
While at Mount Zion, the Billips were able to liquidate the church mortgage. They also enrolled in Payne theological Seminary, where in May of 2018, both of them graduated with their Doctorate of Ministry Degrees.
Rev. Billips serves as a member of the Board of Examiners of the New Jersey Annual Conference, President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of New Brunswick and Vicinity and a member of the New Brunswick Leadership Team of New Jersey Communities Forward.
In June of 2018, Bishop Ingram Assigned the Billips to North Stelton A.M.E. Church in Piscataway, NJ, where the future holds great promise for a long and fruitful ministry.
Rev. Billips is happily married to the aforementioned Rev. Myra Billips, an empowered and enthusiastic proclaimer of the gospel. The Billips’ have four children Oliver; Eric, Jr.; Amaris; and Timothy. They are also the proud grandparents of McKenzie, Elijah, Eric, III and Derrick