Erika Petro Goeda was born in South Africa. She completed her DTS with YWAM Worcester in 1994. After DTS she staffed at YWAM Worcester focusing on hospitality and DTS staff. From 1998-1999 she was part of African Breeze, a cultural expression team, which is a ministry of YWAM in Johannesburg. From 2000-2002 she worked with YWAM in New Zealand. Erika eventually came back to South Africa and served at the YWAM base in Durban for six years. While working with YWAM Durban she lead a ministry called Avulekile Afrika, which means "Open Heaven over Africa." She also helped lead several DTS's during that time. She has come back to YWAM Durban after serving a church in Brazil and Dignity Centre in Durban.
Erika's heart is so see youth of all nations, tribes, and tongues expressing their worship to the one and only God in their unique way. She believers that the arts serve as a universal language which crosses borders, generations, and languages. She is passionate about dancing, gardening, and singing. She also loves herbal tea (taken without milk and sugar), running, and watching series.