Leadership

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).

Brad Atherton

Executive Pastor of Ministries

Brad has been on staff at Coastal Life since the fall of 2020.  Brad & Stephanie  have been married for 17 years & love living in sunny South Florida. They have 4 kids, Hayden(14), Liam(11), Easton(8), Everly(5). 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!

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.

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.

Ben Carson

Tech Director

Ben joined our staff at Coastal Life in the summer of 2022. He was born to missionary parents in Colombia and is one of five children. Ben & Jenni have been married for 4 years and have a beautiful daughter, Evie, who is almost two. They are excited to be back in sunny South Florida where Jenni grew up. Ben has always had a passion for music and technology, so when God asked him to put those gifts together, he was excited to serve. He has been in his field for over 10 years and is excited to serve at Coastal!

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.

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.

Melanie Almado

Guest Services Coordinator

Melanie is passionate about developing culture in local and global communities through her career and volunteer opportunities. She is also the co-founder of a non-profit that serves children in India. Melanie moved to Florida and started attending Coastal Life in April 2021. Melanie enjoys photography, tennis, volleyball, fitness, reading and walks on the beach.

Kasey Jacobs

Global Missions Coordinator 

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 our Global Missions Coordinator to help 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.

Henry Gockenbach

Local Missions Coordinator 

Henry accepted the position of our local missions coordinator in early 2022 and has been a part of Coastal Life Church since 2016.  Henry and his wife, Maya, have been married 21 years and have two amazing teenagers.  Henry is looking forward to leading  our Coastal Life volunteers as well as serving and helping our local community partners meet the needs of those in our community by being the hands and feet of Jesus.