BIO: Fr. Larry Eddingfield

Fr. Larry Eddingfield

Fr. Larry Eddingfield

 

I was born in Alhambra, California, the eldest of three sons, and grew up 20 miles from my birthplace in West Covina, California. I’ve been an active participant and leader in the Boy Scout program, high school activities, college fraternity as well as several business organizations. I enjoy both body and board surfing and hiking in the mountains.

My parents raised us in the Episcopal Church and taught us our moral values of humility, courage, honesty, loyalty, and integrity and to help those in need. When I was18 years old, the Curate at our local church had great impact on my life as I went through the Confirmation process; and during my first Communion I felt the Lord’s presence and was overwhelmed by His grace.

Commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1967, I served 31 years in the Navy, serving as a surface warfare officer commanding destroyers, a cruiser, and a destroyer squadron. I also had the privilege of serving as Deputy and Chief of Staff for all Surface Forces in the Pacific Fleet. Prior to retiring I was in charge of at-sea training for all surface forces in the Pacific Fleet. I was also honored as the recipient of the Navy League’s John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership.

One of the most important things I learned in the Navy was a common saying of my mentors, “take care of those under your authority and responsibility and they will take care of you”. I have found this to be very solid advice.

Following my retirement from the Navy I entered seminary and attended both Bethel Seminary in San Diego and Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, CA. I graduated from Bethel Seminary in 2002 and was ordained a priest in December 2002. I served as a deacon and then the associate pastor at St. Mary’s in the Valley Church until the end of 2004. In January 2005, I was called to be the associate pastor at St. Timothy’s Church in Rancho Penasquitos. And then called to be the associate pastor at Christ The King Church in Carmel Mountain Ranch.

My best friend and wife, Barbara, of 43 years is from Caldwell, Idaho and we have been blessed with two wonderful sons. Our eldest, Larry II, is an Army aviator, flying helicopters at Ft. Irwin, CA, and is married to Val, a wonderful Christian girl from Alabama. Our youngest, Ryan, is a Marine Biologist teaching at Torrey Pines High School. He is married to Erinn another wonderful Christian girl from Texas.

Christ has provided Barbara and me with many opportunities to serve Him in our lives thus far. We are looking forward to the future opportunities He will provide for us as He empowers us to be His heart, hands and legs as He builds the body of Christ.

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