Coastal oaks


  • Dr. Chris Irving

    Senior Pastor

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    Dr. Chris Irving joined the ministry team here in May 2021 as Senior Pastor. Dr. Irving came to Coastal Oaks with 13+ years of pastoral experience and loves helping people learn to abide in Christ through the revelation of the Gospel.

    Chris and his wife, Amber have been married since 2002. They have 5 daughters and 2 sons at home, with some being adopted from the Texas foster care system and 2 grown sons.


  • Open

    Associate Pastor of Worship

    We are praying for a man called by God to help lead us in the worship ministry. Currently, COC hosts two worship services on Sunday mornings and will soon launch a midweek prayer service where worship leadership is needed. We are blessed with a ministry that includes a talented worship team, band, and worship choir. There will be a secondary ministry need addressed by this position such as discipleship, facilities, outreach/missions, or family ministry based on your gifting. 

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  • Verna Ashcraft

    office Manager

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    Verna Ashcraft serves as our Office Administrator and Logistics Coordinator, having served at Coastal Oaks since 1999 in a variety of ministry roles.  She has a background in leadership, administration, & education & has served for many years in various roles in the Church, public & private schools & civic organizations.

    Verna married her high school sweetheart, Kevin, in 1979 & they have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.  She is also a breast cancer survivor.

  • Laura Brotzman

    Finance Secretary

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    Laura Brotzman joined the team at Coastal Oaks Church in November 2020 as Financial Secretary, bringing her ~10 years of experience in professional human resources to benefit the work of the local church. 

    Laura has 2 grown daughters, multiple "bonus kids," & in her free time she enjoys reading and riding her Harley.

  • Billy McDonnel

    Students 6th - 12th

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    Billy joined the Coastal Oaks team in September 2015 as an intern in Student Ministry before becoming our Student Ministry Director in July 2016.  Billy's primary desire is to build teams & craft environments to help students lay a foundation for becoming lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.   He grew up in Rockport, came to faith in Christ through the student ministry here at Coastal Oaks, & is now living out what he believes God has called him to do - to take the Gospel to jr. high & high school students. In 2021, Billy accepted an area director position with Fellowship of Christian Athletes which will serve to further the call of God in Billy's life.

    Billy married his high school sweetheart, Cayla, in 2012, they welcomed their first daughter, Ellie Jo in 2022. He enjoys disc golf and Houston Texan football.

  • Brandon Huffman


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    Brandon joined the team at Coastal Oaks in Oct. '19 in the role of custodian, taking care of the week-to-week cleaning responsibilities. He also volunteers on our Worship Team as an Audio Tech.

    Brandon is a 2020 Rockport-Fulton High School graduate, an Eagle Scout, & enjoys serving with his hands.

  • OPEN

    Children's ministry director

    Coastal Oaks Church seeks to call a Children's Ministry Director in a full-time ministry leadership role. This is a great opportunity to build a disciple-making process from the ground up so Koastal Kids grow in Jesus. A degree in some related field is a plus. You must love Jesus Christ, love the Church, enjoy teaching children and be a team player.  If you prayerfully believe the Lord is leading you to COC, please submit your cover letter and resume to