Coastal oaks Staff

  • 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.


    Licensed to Ministry (2000)

    Certification of Ordination (2004)

    Bachelor of Science,

    Texas A&M University


    Masters of Divinity,

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


    Doctorate of Ministry,

    Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


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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 married daughters and five grandchildren.  She is also a breast cancer survivor.

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  • Laura Brotzman

    Finance Secretary

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    Laura Brotzman joined the team at Coastal Oaks Church in October 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.

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  • Billy McDonnel

    Students 6th - 12th

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    Billy joined the Coastal Oaks team in September 2014 as an intern in Student Ministry before becoming our Student Ministry Director in July 2015.  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 and their second daughter is due in June 2024. He enjoys disc golf and Houston Texan football.

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  • Brandon Huffman


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    Brandon joined the team at Coastal Oaks in October 2019 as 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.


    Children's ministry director

    Chloe felt God calling her to COC and joined the ministry team at Coastal Oaks in July 2023 as our Director of Children’s Ministry, bringing her love for children and background as a school teacher to serve the Lord in a new capacity.

    Chloe and her husband Zach have a son, Rogan, and a daughter,
    Bristol born in August 2023. Chloe is also currently attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary online for her Master’s of Divinity in Great Commission Studies.

    Bachelor of Science

    Auburn University 


    Masters of Divinity

    Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    (Currently attending)

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