Erik Kolbell is a writer, psychotherapist, and ordained minister. Korbell is also the inspiration for the character Rev. Erik Camden on the hit television series, “Seventh Heaven”, where he has co-written an episode on the Prodigal Son and contributed to several others.
Kolbell, a Yale Divinity School graduate, was the first Minister of Social Justice at Riverside Church in New York City where he worked on fair housing, racial equality, nuclear disarmament, prison reform and other issues. His work took him to Nicaragua as an official U.S. observer for the first democratic elections, to Cuba with Pastors for Peace delivering medical supplies, and to South Africa on a fact finding mission during the apartheid years. As a Congregational minister with a concentration in Judaic studies, Kolbell has a broad understanding of religious issues and where they intersect with American culture. He also worked for several years as a college chaplain.
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