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.

  • 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.

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.

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: Why do you not take up an offering?

A: Simply put, it's another way we can practice faith in real life; we literally trust that God will provide what we need each week through the joyful tithes given by His people. It also helps maintain the flow of each Worship Celebration time.

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

Q: Does Coastal Oaks Church have a Christian school?

A: Not any longer. Coastal Oaks Christian School closed permanently in May 2011.