Rev. Eric E. Maggio graduated from Baylor University in 2000 and received his Masters of Divinity Degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2003. He has served on the staff of several churches in Texas, Virginia, and California, and has served as a supply preacher cross-denominationally.

Pastor Eric has planted four churches, three through the North American Mission Board including most notably “Church at the Beach IB” which is celebrating 12 years as a church and was at one time the largest and fastest growing Baptist church in the City of Imperial Beach.  It was even featured on the front page of the 2013 May edition of Christian Examiner. His sermons are online, and are presently being downloaded and listened to on several continents around the globe.

During his ministry he has served as a Senior Pastor, a youth pastor, a children’s pastor, a worship leader and a church planter in mega churches and smaller churches in both rural and urban settings.

Pastor Eric holds a 6th degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Karate, was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2016.  In 1996 he founded the Christian Martial Arts System: a ministry which has held Christ-centered martial arts training in public and private schools, a university, and a number of churches in several US states.

Relevant Ministry Experience

Senior Pastor: Mar Vista Baptist Church

  • 2021 – present
  • I serve as the Senior pastor at Mar Vista Baptist Church located in Imperial Beach.  Here I am helping a historic church initiate a system of reaching young families while still maintaining excellent ministry to their senior members.   This is to help aid in their discipleship ministry and in overall church growth.

Church Revitalization Consultant:  Church Growth San Diego

  • 2019 – 2021
  • I consult as a church growth and church revitalization specialist for a variety of local churches in the San Diego and surrounding area.  I also host the Church Growth Podcast broadcasted on iTunes and iHeart Radio.

Church Planter/Senior Pastor:  Church at the Beach Imperial Beach

  • 2008 – 2021
  • Senior Pastor/Church Planter, through the North American Mission Board, and their San Diego Church Planting Initiative: Vision San Diego. This church was at one time the largest SBC Church in Imperial Beach and is now serving as church planting hub providing a model for forthcoming church plants.

Lead Pastor:  The Light FSBC Chula Vista

  • 2015 – 2019
  • I served as the Lead Pastor of a multi-staff historic church in Downtown ChulaVista. In addition to preaching, counseling, performing weddings, funerals, baptisms, hospital visitations, I led this church in a major renovation and revitalization. During my time here I have seen growth in number of baptisms, salvations and most significantly in young families and millennials attending our church.

Senior Pastor:  Carlton Hills Southern Baptist Church

  • 2011 –  2014
  • I served as the Head Pastor of a historic church in Santee.  In addition to preaching, counseling and presiding over church business meetings, I performed numerous weddings, funerals, baptisms, hospital visitations, as well as leading the church in a major sanctuary renovation.  While I was there we saw an increase in membership, as well as an increase in attendance, involvement, outreaches, and baptisms.

Outreach Service Preacher and Youth Pastor:  Chula Vista Presbyterian Church

  • 2004 – 2008 
  • I served as the Preacher of the outreach service “Breakpoint” and as Youth Pastor, where we saw our youth group increase from two to over sixty in only three months.

Afternoon Service Preacher and Youth Pastor:  Oaklawn Baptist Church

  • 2001 – 2003 
  • I started a Afternoon Service called “The Wake Up Call”.  I also served as Youth Pastor where I saw a dramatic increase in youth attendance. This was the church where I received my Ordination.

Interim Preacher and Youth Pastor:  Axtell Baptist Church

  • 2000 – 2002 
  • This was my first church serving as paid ministerial staff. After a year of serving asYouth Pastor I was asked to serve as interim Senior Pastor while they were looking for a new pastor. I became Licensed in the Ministry at this church.