CHarokee Molina

Lead Pastor

Charokee is a man that loves his bride and leads his family well!  His heart longs to see the Gospel permeate every aspect of his life and leading others to do the same.

Charokee is married to his best friend Melany and they have four fun-filled children: Halle, Malachi, Noah and Hannah. You can often find them on the beach soaking up the glorious South Texas sun, camping and catching some waves as a family.  
After faithfully serving in the U.S. Army for 16 years, Charokee was medically retired due to injuries suffered while deployed in Afghanistan. The Lord called him back to Corpus Christi to serve the Texas military communities as the Chaplain's Religious Enrichment and Development Operations (CREDO) Pastoral Care Provider based out of NAS Corpus Christi. During this time, the Lord deeply stirred in his heart a unique need for a church that specifically met the needs of sharing the Gospel and discipling the highly transient community of Corpus Christi. In obedience to this call, Charokee partnered with the North American Mission Board to found Coastal Community Church in 2019.  
Charokee holds a B.S. from TAMUCC and a M.A. from Webster University, and he is currently working toward a M.Div from Liberty Theological Seminary and he is a life-long student of the word of God.

Cory Creswell

Worship and Youth Pastor

Cory is married to the love of his life, Emily, and is currently stationed in Corpus Christi flying for the Coast Guard. They have been blessed with 2 young daughters, Lucy and Felicity, and enjoy walks and spending time at the beach as a family.

Cory has had a love for leading worship from a young age, and has developed a passion for shepherding God's people and using song as a way to profess and meditate on the truths of God's word.  He is committed to fostering a Youth Ministry culture that focuses on developing effective family discipleship within the church body, and coming alongside families as they grow through different seasons of development and maturity.

Cory holds a B.S. from the US Coast Guard Academy, and is a committed student of God's word.

Caitlyn Breiten

Children's Ministry Director

Caitlyn is a college student currently attending Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. She is majoring in Early Childhood Education and aspiring to become an educator. Caitlyn moved from Devine, Texas to Corpus in August to finish her education. During her free time, Caitlyn enjoys spending time with her family and friends and exploring all Corpus Christi has to offer!
Caitlyn has a heart for working with children and teaching them about the Lord, even to our youngest Coastal member! Caitlyn feels ministering to children is so important since children are very impressionable at a young age. She feels that it is vital that children are raised understanding who our Savior is and why we should have a relationship with Him.

Vanessa Laughbaum

Young Adult Ministry and Administrative Intern

Vanessa, newly married to Timothy and currently pursuing a Master's in Christian Counseling with a focus on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), grew up in Flour Bluff with her parents and two sisters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her spouse, family and friends. She enjoys going to the beach for swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking, or any other outdoor activities.

With a history of serving in her family’s homeless ministry and several other ministries, Vanessa is passionate about having Christ’s name be known. Her heart is deeply invested in youth and young adult ministry, with a special focus on discipleship. At Coastal, she's grateful for the opportunity to use her skills in administrative roles and various church ministries.

Kayla Applequist

Stewardship Administrator

Kayla is married to her loving husband Bryon, and the mother of three beautiful children, and most importantly, a redeemed daughter of Christ.

She has a BS in Business Administration in Accounting and an MS in Accountancy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kayla has worked at a CPA firm in Omaha, NE prior to becoming a full time stay at home mom to focus on our children and their homeschool education.  Kayla wants to utilize her experiences to help the church responsibly steward God‘s blessings to the church.