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 after a unanimous affirmation of this faith fellowship. Dr. Irving comes 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 is married to Amber & they have 6 kids together. They are also in the process of adopting 3 more kids from the Texas foster care system.


  • Laura Brotzman

    Finance Secretary

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    Laura Brotzman joined the team at Coastal Oaks Church in November 2020 as Financial Secretary and Receptionist, 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.

  • 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 between worship gatherings & other events.  He also volunteers on our Worship Team as a sound tech a couple of times a month.

    Brandon is a recent high school graduate, an Eagle Scout, & enjoys serving with his hands.

  • 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, welcomed home his first child in 2022, & he enjoys disc golf and Houston Texan football.

  • Andy Barlow

    Associate Pastor

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    Andy joined the team at Coastal Oaks in 2008 as Associate Pastor to Students, then transitioned to his current role in 2018.  He leads the worship & facilities teams at Coastal Oaks, utilizing his background in worship leadership to craft authentic worship experiences, & his experience in public school construction/maintenance to keep the facilities at Coastal Oaks running smooth.

    Andy is a graphic/web/print designer, guitar junkie, photographer, childhood cancer survivor, & baseball fan.  Andy & his wife, Mary, were married in 2002 & they have three daughters.


  • 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.

  • OPEN


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    Coastal Oaks Church seeks to call our next Kids Ministry Director in a part-time ministry leadership position in early 2022. If you prayerfully believe God may have called you to apply, please click here to go to the News page under "Employment" and see the position's requirements and/or download a position application.