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  • 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
    Director of Church Online & Operations

    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. 

  • Charity Benson
    Women's Director

    Charity was born in Santa Barbara, CA but has lived all over the West Coast. Ventura is her favorite! She loves coffee and dessert. She is known for always wanting to be at the beach and being obsessed with the color, orange. Charity really enjoys going to new places near and far, but a current bucket list item is an over-the-water hut anywhere tropical. When she's in Ventura her favorite thing to do is enjoy nature with her family.

  • Dorothy Gibson
    Financial Coordinator

    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 is high on her bucket list. 

  • 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. 

  • Nikki Busch
    Connections Coordinator

    Nikki was born and raised here in Ventura. Her favorite food is pizza - specifically deep-dish, but she loves it ALL! She is known for sending lengthy text messages that should probably warrant a phone call or email. Nikki's dream vacation to Italy, Austria, Germany, and France was scheduled for 2020, but due to COVID she will have to wait a little longer to experience Europe's amazing food, history, and scenery. 

  • Ryan Lafata
    Worship Director & Interim CSM Director

    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. 

  • Vyktoria Alves
    Coastline Kids Director

    Vyktoria was born in Panama and raised in the Bay Area. Her family began attending Coastline in 2018 and she just joined the Coastline team. Vyktoria's favorite food is pizza. She is known for driving around Ventura in her BATVANN. Vyktoria dreams of visiting islands all over the world, she enjoys hot weather and the beach.  



  • Larry Cox

    Larry has been a member of Coastline since 2004. He is married to Lisa, and they have three adult daughters. Larry is retired, but works part time as a Junior Estimator Trainer. In addition to serving on the Elder Board, Larry also serves as a Welcome Center host, and is often seen around Coastline’s campus helping with a variety of projects.

  • David Glenn

    David has been a member of Coastline since 2005. He is married to Karen, and they have two adult sons. David is retired, which gives him lots of time to serve in many ways at Coastline! In addition to serving on the Elder Board, David also volunteers in Student Ministry, Tech Ministry and leads the Saturday morning prayer group.


  • Dave Jackson

    Dave has been a member of Coastline since 1995. He is married to Mary, and they have three adult daughters, one daughter in Heaven, and three grandchildren. Dave works as a Real Property Agent for Ventura County Public Works Agency. In addition to serving on the Elder Board, Dave also teaches the New Member Class, and sings in the Christmas choir.


  • Jim Johnson

    Jim has been a member of Coastline since 2002. He is married to Vicki, and they have two adult children and four grandchildren. Jim is retired. In addition to serving on the Elder Board, Jim enjoys serving as an Info Counter host and being a small group leader.


  • Jeff Mount
    Elder Chairman

    Jeff has been a member of Coastline since 1999. He is married to Nancy, and they have three adult children. Jeff is the Owner and President of Channel Islands Structures.  In addition to serving on the Elder Board, Jeff also serves as a small group leader, Sunday service host and sings in the choir.