The Vision

In 2006, the leadership team at Coastal Oaks Church crafted a brand new vision statement in order to refocus and unify the ministries of our church. As in the case in many churches, our vision, though still present, for reaching Rockport-Fulton had become muddled, and the leadership at the time felt called to make it clearer. We now believe our purpose is clear: Coastal Oaks Church exists to LOVE GOD, CONNECT WITH OTHERS, & REACH OUR WORLD.

Lead Team

  • Dr. Kevin Muilenburg

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Kevin and his wife, Kelley, came to Coastal Oaks from the DFW area in 1994 as Senior Pastor.  He loves sharing the life-changing message of the Bible in creative, practical, and relevant ways.  Kevin loves his family, spending as much time with Kelley and his grown kids as possible.  His hobbies include playing guitar, woodworking, and bicycling.


    Bachelor of Science, University of Houston (1982)

    Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1986)

    Doctor of Ministry, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (2003)

  • 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), & many grandchildren.

  • Verna Ashcraft

    Office & Logistics

    Verna Ashcraft serves as our Office Administrator & Logistics Coordinator, having served at COC 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 three grandchildren. She is also a breast cancer survivor.

  • Gwen Von Heuvel


    Gwen joined the staff at COC 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

    Kids (Birth - 5th)

    Glenda officially joined the COC 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.

  • Billy McDonnel

    Students (6th - 12th)

    Billy joined the COC team in September 2015 as an intern in Student Ministry before becoming our Student Ministry Director in July 2016.  Billy's primary goal and desire is to build teams and craft environments to help students lay a foundation for becoming life-long disciples of Jesus Christ.   He grew up in Rockport, came to faith in Christ through the student ministry here at COC,  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 they have 2 huskies.

  • Andy Barlow

    Worship & FACILITIES

    Andy joined the COC team in 2008 as Associate Pastor to Students, but transitioned to his current role in 2016. In this role, Andy is working with those with a desire to help others become disciple-makers craft environments where that happens through relational, Gospel-focused small groups.  He also serves as our worship team leader, using his experience and background in worship leadership to craft weekly worship experiences at Coastal Oaks.

    Andy is a family man, amateur web/graphic/print designer, guitar gear junkie, childhood cancer survivor, and active baseball fan.  Andy and his wife, Mary, were married in 2002 & they have two daughters.


    Bachelor of Arts, East Texas Baptist University (2002)

    Certificate of License (2007)

    Prepare/Enrich Marital Preparedness Certification (2013)

    Certificate of Ordination (2015)

What we Believe The Scriptures - The Bible is God's Word to us.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

- 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160

2. God - God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.

- Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14

3. God the Father - God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace.  He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

- 1 Chronicles 29:10; Matthew 6:9-13; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 14:6-13; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Timothy 1:17

4. God the Son - Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

- Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

5. God the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

- 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16

6. Humanity - People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation.  Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin."  This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

- Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

7. Salvation - Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty.  When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

- Romans 7:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

8. Eternal Security - Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

- John 10:28, 29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

9. Eternity - People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

- John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44,46

10. Marriage & Family - God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.  Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.  It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.  The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image.

- Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7

*Adapted from the SBC's Baptist Faith & Message of 2000.

Frequently Asked


Below is a list of some of the most often asked questions fielded by the staff & volunteers at Coastal Oaks Church:

Q: Is Coastal Oaks Church affiliated with a particular denomination?

A: Yes, Coastal Oaks Church was founded in 1983 as "Coastal Oaks Baptist Church" and continues operate as a Baptist church to this day. We willingly and regularly partner with the Blanco Baptist Association locally, the SBTC at the State level, and the Southern Baptist Convention nationally.

Q: Where is the offering plate?

A: Financial gifts ("tithes and offerings") given to Coastal Oaks Church are received two ways: 1/You can drop your gift in one of our four offering boxes located on site, or 2/You can give a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift online on the Give page.

*(Periodically we bring special offerings for missions or debt-free expansion projects, but those are rare & publicized in advance.)

OUr Story

Coastal Oaks Church was founded in 1983 as a less traditional Baptist church to reach the community of Fulton in Aransas County, a close neighbor to Rockport. Then called Coastal Oaks Baptist Church, the founding members of COC secured finances to purchase a 3.5 acre tract of land on FM 3036 which was in rural Aransas County at the time. COC also applied for and was granted admission into the Blanco Baptist Association in Beeville in late 1983.

Since that time, Rockport has grown and incorporated the current Coastal Oaks Church campus, and though our address has changed over the years our vision for the Kingdom still remains.  A more detailed look at the history of COC would show you that a large majority of the building, renovating, and expanding that has happened over the years has been accomplished debt free. We value being debt free and we maintain a debt free mentality to this day.


COCS was chartered in 1991 as an educational alternative to the public education system. COCS was a fully accredited A Beka school offering quality education for students Pre-K (4 years) through 6th grade. COCS closed permanently in May 2011.