Eric has been a licensed minister in the Church of God of Prophecy since 1995, and an Ordained Bishop since 2006. Lori was ordained as a Licensed Minister in 2013.
Eric began his ministry at the age of 16, after being called by God at church camp. He served as a State Evangelist in Alabama from 1992-1998. Lori was also called into the ministry at age of 16 and was involved in various ministry efforts in California, including; holding evangelistic concerts, nursing home and juvenile detention ministries. After a 10 month appointment as interim pastors in Lumberton, NC, Eric was the Family Ministries Director and Worship leader at the Harvest Center in Collinsville, AL, and Lori was the Minister of Music (1999-2000). In May of 2000, Eric and Lori moved to the Ohio/West Virginia Region, where they served as Regional Youth Directors for 5 years. During that time, they were also Regional Evangelism Directors for 2 1/2 years. From September 2002-July 2007, The Washburns pastored the Morrow, OH, Church of God of Prophecy (Community Christian Fellowship). Eric and Lori served as the Pastors of the Spring Place Church of God of Prophecy, in Cleveland, TN, from August 2007 to July 2015. Eric was a District Presbyter for the Cleveland/Chattanooga Districts from May 2013 to July 2015 and Lori was the Southeast TN Region Gracenet Coordinator from 2014-2015. They served as National Evangelists from 2015-2017. They have recently served as the co-pastors at the Six Points Church of God of Prophecy in Parker, PA.
Along with their ministry appointments, Eric and Lori have been faithful Youth Camp workers for 27 years, including serving as a Camp Directors. Eric has also been an International Youth Conference Speaker and both served as Instructors. The Washburns have hearts for missions. Lori has been to Egypt and Ecuador and Eric has been to Guatemala and Ecuador on mission teams.