Our Staff

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James Pendleton

Lead Pastor


James graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO in 1997 with a degree in Missions and Biblical Studies. Since then, he has served with various churches in Florida and Pennsylvania leading youth, young adult, small group, and teaching ministries. James has also served with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for several years in South Florida. In 2008 God laid on his heart to plant a new church here in Martin County, which eventually became Coastal Life Church.  

James and his wife Kirsten met in college and were married in 1996. They have two incredible adult children, Kaleigh and Caleb. James and Kirsten have served alongside each other over these years and have a desire to spiritually invest into people by sharing life and the Gospel with them (1 Thessalonians 2:8).

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Crisman Koechig

Associate Pastor


Crisman has been married to his beautiful wife, Ashley, since July of 2010. God's blessed them with 2 little boys, Benaiah (2016) and Asher (2020). He's served in ministry since 2007 in various roles including a Church Planting Team, Student Ministry, Worship Ministry, & Discipleship Ministry. He and Ashley were part of the original church planting team of Coastal before taking a few years away to serve in Indiantown, Florida. After this season, God surprised them and brought them back to Coastal in February 2014 to serve in Music & Student Ministry.  He's been serving here at CLC ever since in various capacities and especially loves walking with people and helping them take their NEXT STEP in their faith and making disciples who make disciples! With roots in West Chester, Pennsylvania Crisman is also a loyal Philadelphia sports fan! 

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Brad Atherton

Worship Pastor


Brad, Stephanie, Hayden, Liam, Easton, & Everly joined Coastal Life when Brad accepted the position of Worship Pastor on our team in Fall of 2020! Brad & Stephanie  have been married for 16 years & love living in sunny South Florida. Brad felt the Lord leading him into worship ministry and has faithfully served in this capacity for over 5 years. He attended Metropolitan State College of Denver as well as Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary & is excited to serve at Coastal! 

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Jeremy Rader

Children's Pastor


After teaching in Christian elementary schools for 18 years, God brought Jeremy, his wife, Joy, and their 4 daughters from Southern California to join the staff at CLC in the summer of 2015.  They are so excited to be a part of this ministry and have quickly grown to love the people here, the priority that God's Word holds, and the passion for "being the church" that is so pervasive. Jeremy looks forward to seeing what God will do in and through the children of CLC as they grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. His prayer for them is that they would "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" so that their light would "shine before men" to bring glory to our Father in heaven.

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Kaleigh Boyett

Student Ministry Director


Kaleigh has been a part of Coastal Life Church since the very beginning. Kaleigh, her brother and her parents, James and Kirsten Pendleton, started Coastal Life as a family in their living room. Kaleigh attended Liberty University and graduated in May of 2019 with her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies and Education. Kaleigh and her husband, Tanner Boyett, got married in January of 2021 and lead our high school and middle school ministries. Kaleigh’s heart and passion is for teenagers and mentoring young girls through these crucial years, which makes her a great fit to lead our student ministry. 

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Mike Liston

Care Pastor


Mike graduated from St. Mary’s College and spent 18 years in broadcasting, 4 years in the Marine Corp, and started his own remodeling company before God directed him into ministry, where he has been ever since. Mike and his wife, Charlotte, moved to Florida in November of 2014 and started attending Coastal Life Church one year later. Charlotte and Mike were both widowed when they met and now have been married for 13 of the happiest years. Together they have 9 children, 17 grandchildren, and 1 great granddaughter.
Mike is hoping that with his training and life experiences, that he can serve the congregation of Coastal Life Church for years to come.

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Amy Slone

Business Administrator


Amy has been involved at Coastal Life Church since the very beginning and has been witness to many changes and transformations. She started as a volunteer office assistant in 2010 and ultimately accepted the responsibilities of full time Business Administrator at CLC in 2012. Amy and her husband Wendell married in 2001, moved to Palm City in 2002 and have three amazing kids. Amy enjoys serving behind the scenes and loves seeing the amazing ways God moves and works from that perspective.

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Casi Brush

Communications Director


Casi, her husband, Norm, and their two children have been a part of the Coastal Life family since March of 2015. She grew up in the ministry as a pastor's kid and has served alongside her family her whole life. She also is a native and was born right here in Stuart! Casi joined our part-time staff in March of 2020 and enjoys helping with the communication needs through our social media platforms, website, weekly emails and so much more. Casi's passions and skills are a perfect fit for our Coastal staff team.

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Kasey Jacobs

Missions & Outreach Director


Kasey enjoys actively and intentionally learning how to enrich life Jesus' ways and brings 18 years of community-based and international non-profit experience to the ENGAGE ministry staff. Kasey is excited to be on staff to coordinate and encourage service work and leadership with the goal that every church member deploys their unique talents and gifts to join the Lord in what He is doing in our homes, neighborhoods, country, and around the world.