Meet Our Staff
Pastor D & Michelle Watson
Senior Pastor
Pastor D & Michelle Watson
DeWayne & Michelle Watson met in college in 1990 & were married in 1994. Pastor D. has never felt called to anything other than pastoring people & leading leaders. He has a deep love of the Bible & very much enjoys making it approachable, understandable & enjoyable for anyone he might encounter. Michelle is the daughter of missionaries and spent most of her pre-adult life in the East African countries of Malawi, Kenya & Tanzania. She loves people & is passionate about helping & leading women to find themselves in Christ and live lives that honor God, their families and themselves. Pastor Watson has led & served ministries in Florida, Texas, and North Carolina and has now, with his family, followed Jesus to the Coast to lead Coast Life Church. His vision for this area & beyond is deep & wide, & it absolutely includes you & your family. Pastor D. and Michelle understand the highs and lows that we all experience in our family lives. They have three children, Kailey, Darien, & Micah all of whom are a great joy, & just like yours, quite challenging. All three are engaged in some form of ministry leadership & are excited to connect with every young person that makes his or her way into the church.
Dave Chatham
Worship Pastor
Dave Chatham
Dave has been involved in music ministry through out the past 14 years. He has led worship & played music at state line baptist, shady grove church, and Leaf Church. Dave has a heart for leading people to the throne of grace through song. His parents are pastors in south Alabama, where his mother leads worship. Dave's brother, Nick, also leads worship in Mississippi. He is married to Haley with three children, Hannah, Hayden, & Graham.
Wes McCool
Student Pastor
Wes McCool
Wesley McCool is a Physical Therapist Assistant and currently serves as Coast Life's Student Ministry Leader, catering to the spiritual growth for middle & high school students. He received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from The University of Texas at Brownsville and is currently halfway through a Master of Divinity program with a concentration in Chaplaincy at Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. Originally from Texas, McCool relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast through his service in the military. Prior to the military, he was the front man for a touring rock band & continues to express his joy for music serving as the bassist in the church's worship team. He is married to his amazing wife Karla, they have two sons, Trezden & Ronan.
Felipe Martinez
Children's Pastor
Felipe Martinez
Cynthia and Felipe are originally from San Marcos, TX. They met each other at their home church and have been together ever since. God blessed Felipe with Cynthia's hand in marriage on April 25, 2009 and since then they have had two beautiful children, Blake and Skyler. Cynthia is a full time mom and works as a spin instructor. Felipe works as a full time Training Instructor for radios. Children’s Ministry is a very important aspect of the church and he is very excited to be a part of it. Children are our future and planting the seed of God in them early will help them prepare for their lives. Proverbs 22:6 - Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Children who love God turn into Adult’s that love God.
Diane Ledbetter
Financial Administrator
Diane Ledbetter
Diane and Chris Ledbetter were born and raised in Smyrna, GA. They moved to the gulf coast in 2012 when they were stationed here by the Navy. They have been married since 2007 and are the proud parents of two daughters Abigail and Aubrey. Financial Administrator
Deena Potts
Creative Director
Deena Potts
Deena is no stranger to church tech & design, she has fulfilled the tech & design position for several churches around the country. She, her husband, Ed (Bear) and their 3 children; Tamara, George & Carson, are actively involved in the community and are passionate about introducing people to Jesus.
Cynthia Martinez
Early Childhood Administrator
Cynthia Martinez
Early Childhood Admin