Everyone loves a great story. And we’ve got one to share with you, in fact, it’s more than a great story, it’s a God story. So give us a few minutes and we’ll explain. Joe and Angela Lee spent almost two decades as Lead Pastors at different churches. In 2011, the began leading Connect Church in Daphne Alabama and over the next few years, God began stirring their hearts that they were not doing enough to reach the middle and high school students in the Gulf Coast area. One day Joe and Chad Stafford (Lead Pastor of Coastal Church) were sitting in Joe’s office, as they often did over coffee, talking about reaching students and adults on the Gulf Coast for Christ. They began dreaming over the possibility of merging the churches and using the Connect Church facilities to create a dedicated student ministry location. Over the next year, God continued to impress both pastors that this was His plan. So in July 2016, Connect Church merged into Coastal Church and the former Connect facility became the Coastal Student facility, which is currently filled with students engaging Jesus every week! There’s even more to this story (we told you it was a “God story”), another church located in Gulf Shores, Alabama (Gulfway Church) heard about the merge and also merged into Coastal Church one week after Connect officially merged into Coastal! Gulfway’s pastor, Bruce Dumond joined the Coastal staff and moved into the role of counseling pastor to serve all of the Coastal campuses. Within a few months, Pastor Chad felt that God was revealing to him that Joe and Angela were the ones to serve as the Coastal Church Gulf Shores Campus pastors. Pastor Chad approached Joe about it and God quickly confirmed his direction to Joe and Angela and flooded their hearts with love for the area and most importantly, for the people in the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley areas. Coastal Church Gulf Shores officially launched Sunday January 8, 2017 with record attendance and many people making decisions to follow Christ!
So now you know our God story, and each Sunday since the launch Sunday has been filled with great attendance, people choosing to follow Jesus and the Coastal Church atmosphere that you have to experience to understand! We truly are a “church for the rest of us” and we passionately committed to the Coastal Church mission – “The Gulf Coast will be saved!”