Two Eight Ministries is a global outreach effort led by Eric and Jillian Maitlen of Indianapolis. For over a decade Two Eight has specialized in community outreach, conference worship, youth ministry, addiction recovery/prevention, and cross cultural ministry.
The back story...
Eric and Jillian Maitlen started the band 'Two Eight' in 2005 under the leadership of GTM (Global Training Ministries- a 30 year old music and missions agency based out of Indianapolis that had done music outreach in over 40 countries). The name Two Eight comes from Psalm 2:8 "Ask Me for the nations." During the first two years Eric and Jillian worked with close friends Steve Hueber, Nathan Jetter, and Ryan Fitzpatrick to help establish the band in Orlando, Arizona, California, and northern Indiana. During this time they also toured Russia and North India with GTM.
In 2007 Two Eight recorded their first full length album "Everything Was Different" with Jed Seneca of Nashville and James Masterson of Indianapolis (who had previously worked with the Frey). From 2005 to 2009 Eric and Jillian lived and gigged out of RV's across the US and toured abroad 3 to 4 times each year; China, Australia, Jamaica, Germany, El Salvador, and Guatemala; taking every open door they could get to share Christ through their music and testimonies.
In 2010 Eric and Jillian cut back their stateside touring and teamed up with Josh Husmann to plant Mercy Road Church on the north side of Indianapolis and Daron Earlewine to help establish Pub Theology Indy (an outreach to bars throughout Indianapolis). At the end of 2009, Eric teamed up with 2 of his childhood best friends, Nathan Klatt and Steve Hueber to start the band "My Yellow Rickshaw." By 2011 MYR was playing in a lot of the top bars, clubs, and festivals around Indianapolis and even got the opportunity to perform for the New York Giants when the Super Bowl came to Indy. During this season, Eric and Jillian continued to lead worship for conferences, facilitate outreach events throughout the midwest, and do international outreach tours each year (returning to Jamaica, Germany, El Salvador, and Guatemala; and doing ministry for the first time in Thailand, Mexico, Canada, and Belgium)
In 2015 Two Eight began building the "Mercy Fest" and "Indiana Student Movement" initiatives. These events are 1-2 day conferences that rally communities together around a local need. "Whether a family has a child battling cancer or the community has been struck by a natural disaster, we want to dump hope into hopeless situations." After nearly a year of consulting and research, core team members Kris & Stephanie Kleinbub and Kari Nelson created a custom frame work for "community wide service challenges" to encourage local church unity and demonstrate God's mercy to the community through large scale service efforts.
In 2017 Two Eight began building the "Our Story. Our Time. Tour" as a response to the devastating opioid epidemic that is claiming the lives of over 100 Americans every day. The tour is designed to...
1.) Unite and educate communities on the opioid epidemic
2.) Break the stigma of addiction that has caused too many addicts and their families to isolate and hide their struggle (for fear of public shame and ridicule)
3.) Empower local recovery efforts and foster care services with a large scale platform to educate and mobilize their community to action. This epidemic has affected us all in some way. This is our story and this is our time to take action!