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Scott Smith

Pastor of Discipleship Ministries

Born and raised in Alta Loma, CA, Scott came to San Diego to attend UCSD. After graduating with a degree in Economics and a minor in Political Science, he entered the work world for ten years before entering vocational ministry.

During that time he met and married his wife, Darica, they welcomed their first child into the world, and he earned an M.Div. from Bethel Seminary San Diego. One thing you might not know about him is that he entered college intending to be an attorney and then a judge. (He still reads law books and court transcripts from time to time.)

Scott joined the staff of EFCC in October 2001. Over the years he has provided leadership and oversight to our Life Groups Ministry, Spiritual Maturity Ministry, contemporary worship services, and most recently, our Discipleship Ministry.

In his free time, Scott enjoys sports (Anaheim Angels, Dallas Cowboys, Manchester United, L.A. Lakers), watching documentaries and biographies, reading, mowing the lawn, and leading Life Groups.

Scott was deeply involved with The Navigator’s when he was in college. He often says The Navigator’s taught him how to do ministry, while Bethel taught him how to do theology. His pastoral theology and philosophy have been most heavily influenced by Eugene Peterson.   

Scott and Darica have three children (Jordan, Jessica and Jada), and have lived in Escondido since 2005.

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