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Who I Am:

My name is Eric.  I’m the husband to my best friend, Marissa.  Together we have two amazing kids.  Our daughter is Rilee and our son is Ryan.  We are also in the middle of the adventure of hosting a foreign exchange student from China.

I’m a bi-vocational pastor, which means I lead a Coastal City Church and design websites, graphics, and promotional products for Coastal City Creative.  If you’d like to know more about why I’m a bi-vocational pastor; I wrote about the seven reasons here.


Work History:

In 2000, I became the director of a small Christian summer camp that had about 300 people year-round attending events and five seasonal staff.  When I left, we had four year-round staff, twenty-five seasonal staff and hosted over 5,000 people annually. The key to the success was:

  1. Seeking and following God’s will.
  2. Leading myself well.
  3. Leveraging my time, talent, and treasure to lead my family with excellence.
  4. Sharing vision with my team.

In 2014, I moved from camp ministry to serving as a Campus Pastor at a multisite church in Ohio.

And now my wife and I are church planters launching Coastal City Church in Eastern Virginia.

Personal History:

I grew up in a Christian home and attended church almost every Sunday.  However, I never surrendered my life to Christ, just my Sundays.  I attended a small rural school and was one of the only students with a disability.  I was born legally blind and utilize adaptive equipment to help me see better.  To be frank, I was bullied before it was a thing.  I could have turned it over to Jesus, but instead….I blamed him.

When I headed off to college, I discovered people thought I was funny….when I was drunk or high.  I had no experience making friends in a healthy way, so I did all the unhealthy things to get people to like me.

My life just kept getting darker.  A couple years later I had a decision to make; call my parents and ask to move home or sleep on the street.  I was broke, lonely, and scared.

At this darkest point of my life, God sought me out.  After jumping from job to job I landed a summer gig as a cook at a summer camp.  Over the next three summers, I kept going back to that place and God kept leading me to take steps of growth.  My road to surrender to God’s way was long.  But today I’m “all-in” seeking and following God’s way daily.

In 2009, my life went from good to great.  I married my best friend and the most beautiful woman I know, Marissa.

In 2016 we moved our two kids from Ohio to Virginia to follow God’s prompting to plant a church a here.  I see Virginia as a gateway to the world.

And today, the journey continues…….

Consumed By The Call,

Eric Dingler



The Dinglers

The Dinglers

Marissa and Eric teaching together.

Marissa and Eric teaching together.

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