San Diego’s coastal North County is a developing and vibrant suburban region that’s filled with families, socioeconomic and cultural diversity, recreational and educational opportunities. Oceanside is a mid-sized coastal city with a large USMC base, Camp Pendleton, with 42,000 active-duty members and a popular community college with 13,000 students. There are roughly 40 churches in Oceanside, representing only 1 church per 4,000+ people.
Growing up in North County San Diego, Eric was raised to know and experience the truth, goodness, and beauty of Christianity. He is joyful about the prodigal and reckless grace of God to sinners (like him), and wants to see people find freedom in the good news of Jesus. Eric met and fell in love with Katie in college in Chicago. They have three wonderful kids: Enoch, Eunice, and Elsie Jo. Eric graduated from Westminster Seminary CA in 2012 and served as a pastor for 7 years at churches in San Diego and Orange County.
Our aim is to glorify and enjoy God by planting, cultivating, and growing a church in the Oceanside area that delights in the gospel, is joined to Christ and each other, and blesses our neighbors.
In English, El Camino translates as “the way.” Culturally Southern California is indelibly marked by Spanish language and culture. The names of our cities, streets and schools, reflect that reality. We believe church at its best reflects the ethos of the community.
Historically, El Camino is a part of California’s rich history. Between 1683 and 1835, Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries planted a series of religious communities from Baja to the San Francisco Bay. This 600-mile road of 21 missions, presidios, and pueblos was called El Camino Real or “the King’s Highway.” Our roots matter. We believe churches should honor and embrace the best of their history, while always seeking continually reform.
Before going to the cross, Jesus encouraged his disciples with both a radically exclusive truth claim and a deeply consoling reality: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” In Spanish, “Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida.” The early Christians were known as “followers of the Way.” As a church centered on the gospel, we want both the truth and grace of Jesus as the Way to pervade all that we are and do.
Gifts can be sent via check or money order made payable to MNA. Ministry or church plant names should be clearly designated with a note accompanying the check or money order.
Mission to North America
P.O. Box 890233
Charlotte, NC 28289-0233