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The Coastline office is open 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The church and church offices are located at 426 S. Mills Road, Ventura, CA 93003 across from the Pacific View Mall.  The office building is located on the back of the campus off of Chapel Drive.


Office Office: (805) 642-3244

Day School Office: (805) 642-1562




  • Neal Benson
    Neal Benson
    Lead Pastor

    Neal was born in Los Angles and raised in Big Bear Lake, CA. He joined the Coastline team in 2017 as our Lead Pastor. He loves a good carne asada burrito and is always looking for a great sushi place. In his spare time he dreams about hopping on a plane and checking out Australia with his family. He loves pretty much any sport that has a board involved and is working on getting back on a surfboard. 

  • Becky Shipe
    Becky Shipe
    Office Manager / Choir Director

    Becky was born and raised in Northeast Missouri and moved to CA after college graduation.  She joined the staff of Coastline in 2007.  Becky’s favorite foods are pasta and chocolate, and she’s known for making really good cookies!  Becky loves to visit National Parks and is on a quest to get a stamp from all 59 parks in her National Park Passbook. 

  • David Glenn
    David Glenn
    Student Ministry Interim

    David is a fifth generation resident of Oxnard. Bacon moves pretty much any dish to the top of his list of favorite foods. David is known for his quick wit and sense of humor. He loves traveling, especially camping, and there is an endless list of places he’d like to explore.

  • Dorothy Gibson
    Dorothy Gibson
    Financial Secretary

     Dorothy grew up in Southern California and moved to Ventura County with her husband, Gordon, in 1977. Her family began attending Coastline in 1992 and she joined the staff in 2005.  Dorothy’s all-time favorite food is ice cream, any flavor, and she’s known for acting like one of the kids when playing games with the youth. Visiting her ancestral homeland in Scotland in high on her bucket list. 


  • Emily Anderson
    Emily Anderson
    Children & Family Ministry Director

    Emily was born right here in Ventura and she joined the Coastline staff in 2007. Her favorite foods are Mexican food and dark chocolate (separately of course).  She'd love to visit farms all over the world to take pictures and smell the flowers. Currently, Emily impresses people (mostly kids) with the speed in which she can say the alphabet backwards. 

  • Glenn Irwin
    Glenn Irwin

    Glenn was born and raised in Long Island, New York.  He loves Mexican food—especially chicken tacos from Sabor.  Glenn enjoys helping others and is known for being quick to respond whenever a need arises. He looks forward to someday vacationing on the island of Bora Bora. 

  • Laura Thornberry
    Laura Thornberry
    Administrative Assistant

    Laura was born and raised in Oxnard, CA.  Her favorite food is not Chick-fil-A.  If Laura could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to Italy. Here at Coastline, Laura is known for being the first person to appear with a cat in her church directory photo. 

  • Rachel Gomez
    Rachel Gomez
    Preschool Director

    Rachel grew up in SoCal, graduated from UC Santa Cruz, studied in Italy, and worked in Ireland.  Her favorite foods are Italian and Mexican food and she loves making homemade lasagna and mole.  She would love to visit the Czech Republic and the highlands of Scotland to learn more about her heritage. She is known for the passion she pours into her work and her great love of family.

  • Ryan Lafata
    Ryan Lafata
    Worship Leader

    Ryan was born and raised in Ventura County and joined the staff of Coastline in 2015. Ryan loves all food but is especially fond of all things Taco Bell. He's best known for his charming awkwardness.  Of all the places in the world, Ryan would most like to visit Tokyo, Japan. 

  • Verne Arnold
    Verne Arnold
    Care Ministry Coordinator

    Verne was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and is a Marine Corps veteran and former drill instructor.  His favorite foods are classic American goulash and his wife’s famous pumpkin crisp.  He would love to take a European river cruise on the Seine, Rhine and Danube rivers.  Verne is known around Coastline for his Master Gardening skills.