7th Heaven

Rev. Eric Camden (born January 11, 1954) is a fictional character on the WB Television Network's most popular television series 7th Heaven, played by Stephen Collins. Reverend Eric Camden is the husband of Annie and the father of Matt, Mary, Lucy, Simon, Ruthie, Sam and David Camden. His parents are Colonel John Camden and Ruth Camden. He is the minister of the Glen Oak Community Church. Eric is a loving father and husband who always puts his family first. He is a man of God and believes strongly in helping others. He has been a minister for many years and has helped many people through tough times.


Eric Camden was born in January 1954 and raised in New York by his parents, John Camden and Ruth Camden. Eric attended college for five years and graduated from Kolbel Seminary. Shortly thereafter, he married and began a family with Annie Camden. All of these evens took place many years before the pilot episode. He has one sister Julie Hastings who ended up marrying the doctor that delivered Eric and Annie's oldest son Matt and youngest twins Sam and David. Later, both of his parents ended up adopting an orphan named George who becomes Eric's adopted brother. Eric is the father of seven children:Matt Camden, Mary Camden, Lucy Camden, Simon Camden, Ruthie Camden, and twins Sam and David Camden. Over the years, he has seen all of the Camden children through their darkest moments. Some of these include Matt's experimenting with drugs, Mary's fast moving relationship with Robbie, guiding a distraught Lucy following the tragic death of a good friend, Simon's sudden interest in promiscuous sex, and trying to keep his eye on the maturing Ruthie. Through his three oldest children, Matt, Mary and Lucy, he has six grandchildren: Matt's twin sons James and John, Mary's son Charlie, and twin daughters Emma and Grace, and Lucy's daughter Savannah. Eric has appeared in every episode of 7th Heaven.


Eric Camden is described as a loving father and husband. He supports his children and wife with their decisions (some of the time) when it comes to life's choices. He is most of the time strict when it comes to making sure his children doesn't have sex before marriage.

Pastoral duties[]

Reverend Camden has been the pastor of Glen Oak Community Church - in the fictional town of Glen Oak, California for over 25 years. Almost every episode of the series has involved him helping members of the community. Some of these people have been churchgoers, teens in trouble, and friends of the Camden children. Throughout the first six seasons Eric was the only acting minister of the church. During season 7, the church deacons hired Chandler Hampton, a young college graduate as the new Associate Pastor in order to help facilitate church operations following Eric's double bypass surgery. The sudden move was frowned upon by Eric and he left the church for six months, making an inspirational returning in April 2003 as the celebrant of daughter Lucy's wedding to Kevin Kinkirk. For one year Eric and Chandler worked side by side, until Chandler left the church in the Season 8 finale. Beginning in season 9, Lucy took on some duties at the church as the new associate pastor - including teaching a class of young women about sex - while completing college and finishing out her pregnancy. Beginning in the Season 10 opener, Lucy officially joined the church full-time.




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Eric has appeared in every episode of 7th Heaven.

Episodes featuring Eric Camden