Church Staff

  • Larry stewart


    Larry has served in various facets of music ministry here at Coastal Oaks since 1994 and now primarily provides leadership in the area of choral music.  He was raised around music and his passion for music is evident in his contagious smile and joyous disposition.  He has served in a variety of ministry positions at several churches for 40+ years.

    Larry has been married to Rosemary since 1973 and they have two grown children, Tamara and Matthew (deceased), and many grandchildren.

  • Verna Ashcraft

    office Manager

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

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

  • Gwen Von Heuvel

    Financial Secretary

    Gwen joined the staff at Coastal Oaks in 2014 as our main receptionist and bookkeeper.  Her responsibilities include working with the COC staff to maintain financial accuracy and accountability, greeting guests in the office, & general receptionist type stuff.

    Gwen married her husband, Mike, in 1986 and they have one grown daughter and two grandchildren.

  • Glenda Lindsay

    Children Birth - 5th

    Glenda officially joined the Coastal Oaks team in September 2015 in an interim position and has since taken on the role of Children's Ministry Director, in which she works alongside a team of dedicated volunteers to lay a solid foundation in Christ for kids birth - 5th grade.  Her desire for children is for them to know intimately the love of God and learn to love the Bible.

    Glenda and her husband, Mark, have been married since 1991, and have one adult daughter and one spoiled puppy dog.


    Professional Administrator Certificate, Child Care World Wide Institute (2007)

  • Billy McDonnel

    Students 6th - 12th

    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 and 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,  and is now living out what he believes God has called him to do - to take the Gospel of Christ to 6th - 12th grade students in Aransas County.

    Billy married his high school sweetheart, Cayla, in 2012, and he enjoys disc golf and Houston Texan football.

  • Andy Barlow

    Associate Pastor

    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 and facilities teams at Coastal Oaks, utilizing his background in worship leadership to craft authentic worship experiences, and 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, and baseball fan.  Andy and his wife, Mary, were married in 2002 & they have three daughters.


    Bachelor of Arts, East Texas Baptist University (2002)

    Certificate of License (2007)

    Prepare/Enrich Marital Preparedness Certification (2013)

    Certificate of Ordination (2015)

  • MIMI Castilleja

    Administrative Assistant

    Mimi joined the team at Coastal Oaks Church in Oct. '19 as our new administrative assistant.  She works the front desk in our office answering phones, greeting visitors with a smile, and assisting the staff with administrative tasks on days the office is open.  In her free time, Mimi enjoys baking, the outdoors, and Kansas City sports teams.

    Mimi's husband, John, is retired from the Kansas City Fire Department, and they enjoy life in Rockport with their dog, Tanner.  John and Mimi also have two grown children.

  • Brandon Huffman


    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 and 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, and enjoys serving with his hands.

  • Senior Pastor


    Coastal Oaks Church will begin the process of seeking out our next Senior Pastor in the last quarter of 2020.  If you would like to send in your resume for consideration, please email it to with the subject "Pastor Search Resume."