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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: (805) 642-3244

Day School: (805) 642-1562


All staff can be reached by clicking on their email addresses below or by dialing (805) 642-3244, then the appropriate extension:

Neal Benson, ext. 102

Becky Shipe, ext. 100

Dorothy Gibson, ext. 103

Glenn Irwin, ext. 108

Rachel Patterson, ext. 115

Emily Anderson, ext. 116

Ryan Lafata, ext. 117 




Our Pastor

neal benson 161129 055 editNeal Benson

Lead Pastor


Neal Benson was born and raised in Southern California. After high school he moved to San Diego, where he surrendered his life to Christ and began serving in the local church. He attended Tozer Seminary and graduated with his Master of Divinity in 2012. Neal worked with students for almost a decade in local churches in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to coming to Coastline, Neal served at a multisite church in the Bay Area for five years as the campus pastor for one of their church campuses.


Neal’s passions are helping people find and follow Jesus and training church leaders both locally and globally. Neal met his wife, Charity, while they were both doing internships in San Diego. They were married in 2005. Charity loves the beach and traveling, and in his free time Neal enjoys fishing, snowboarding and going on adventures with his family.




Resource Staff

  • Rebecca Shipe
    Rebecca Shipe
    Office Manager / Choir Director

    Becky Shipe was raised in Northeast Missouri. She graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2001 with a degree in vocal music education, and moved to Ventura shortly after to accept a job with an international music ministry. In May of 2007 she began working in the office of Coastline.

  • Emily Anderson
    Emily Anderson
    Children & Family Ministry Director

    Emily  was born and raised in Ventura and even attended Coastline's Day School!  Emily has been a member of Coastline since 1994.  She received her degree in Elementary Education in Billings, MT at Rocky Mountain College.  She was called to our Children's Ministry staff in 2007.  She is married to Kory Anderson and they have twin boys, Cooper and Kaden, and a daughter, Brinley Mae.

  • Ryan Lafata
    Ryan Lafata
    Worship Leader

    Ryan grew up in Oxnard, CA and came to faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior during his senior year of high school. He has been attending and ministering at Coastline since 2015.  In addition to worship leading in Sunday services, Ryan also serves in youth ministries. Ryan's greatest passion is loving God and some of his favorite verses from the Bible are Matthew 22:37-38. 

  • Rachel Patterson
    Rachel Patterson
    Administrative Assistant

    Coastline/First Baptist has been Rachel’s church home and family since she was four years old. She placed her trust in Jesus Christ at around the same age, and the influence of this church on her spiritual life and development since then has been exceeded only by her own parents. Rachel was raised by a father who modeled for her that serving Christ’s body is a priority and a joy whether one is a “layperson” or “staff,” and she began volunteering in Coastline’s office at the age of 17. In 2012 she graduated from Taylor University with a B.A. in Biblical Literature. She joined Coastline’s staff as part-time Administrative Assistant in 2016. Rachel’s life verse is Ezra 7:10: “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel” (ESV). 

  • Dorothy Gibson
    Dorothy Gibson
    Financial Secretary



  • Glenn Irwin
    Glenn Irwin