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Rev. Eric Smith

Lead Pastor

Rev. Eric Smith

The Rev. Dr. Eric Smith has been the lead pastor of Foothills since 2013, continuing a tradition of strong leadership from great speakers that we have had throughout our years. He was born into a military family that settled in Coronado. He grew up there; a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and a graduate of Coronado High School.

In college he played water polo for the University of Arizona ultimately transferring to Point Loma Nazarene University where he majored in Religious Studies. Pastor Eric ministered in 'Youth for Christ of San Diego' as a Campus Life Director and then began God in United Methodist churches as a youth director. He attended the Claremont School of Theology and was ordained in 1981. Since then he has pastored churches in Lake Elsinore, Claremont, San Fernando, Pasadena, Redlands, and Irvine. He is married to Karen and they have four grown children: Christopher (married to Louise), Leslie, Robyn and Lindsay. All of the Smith kids have been and are water polo players!

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