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MEET THE TEAM

fabrizio martorello - Assistant Pastor

Fab was born and raised in New York. Fab's wife Elvira was born and raised in California. They met and married in California. and then moved to New York where they both received Jesus Christ into their hearts. They both have been serving the Lord together for 14 years and  attending/serving at CC Coastlands since 2012. Currently Fab serves as our Assistant Pastor and is also over men's ministry, the Koinonia Home-group ministry, new construction projects, the tech and website ministries, KSGR Radio Station and leads the church finance team. Elvira is over Hospitality, Special Events, Helping Hands Meals Ministry, Bookstore and helps with the "Koinonia" Home Group Ministry and Women's Ministry. They have 3 adult children and 6 grandsons.

Grant huffman - elder, MARIA HUFFMAN- CHURCH SECRETARY

Grant and his wife Maria moved to Corpus Christi in 2014. They have been faithfully serving the Lord together since 2004 from California to Georgia and now here in TX.  They both serve in multiple areas of the church including prayer, announcements, children's ministry, middle school ministry, family ministry, women's ministry and overseeing our Vacation Bible School (VBS). Maria is also the Church Secretary.

 

gLEN kELLEY - elder

Glen Kelley and his wife Kate accepted Christ together on November 4th, 1990 and have been on an adventure with Jesus ever since. Attending Calvary Chapel of the Coastlands since 2011, Glen currently serves as overseer in the Children's Ministry, helps usher, helps with Maintenance and is always excited to pray and see God work. Some of Glen's favorite scriptures include Proverbs 3:5-7 and Romans 5:1

Kate is part of the finance team and serves in multiple ministries including CGI, Women's Ministry, Grounds/Landscaping and Maintenance.
"Never a dull moment with the Lord when you are wielding the Sword"

donald ruiz - elder

Donald R. Ruiz was born in Corpus Christi and has also lived in San Diego, CA. He and his wife Tish have lived in Corpus Christi since 2003 with their children David F. Flores and Christina M. Ruiz. Donald received Jesus as his Lord and Savior in his early twenties. He served as a children's servant at Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego in his late 20's and has continued to serve in children and Jr. High ministries over the past 8 years here in Corpus Christi. One of his favorite Bible verses is Luke 16:19-31, The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Donald's favorite past time is raising cattle and hunting. Currently Donald is an elder here at Calvary Chapel of the Coastlands, and oversee's the Jr. High and Lawn Ministries.

mike castro - elder

Mike and his wife Adora were married by Pastor Rod in 2003. They have two daughters Alexa and Cynthia and one son Jonathan. They have been faithfully serving the Lord for the past 19 years here at Calvary Chapel of the Coastlands. Mike is from California and Adora is from Corpus Christi. They both serve in multiple areas of the church. Mike oversees our ushers, greeters and parking lot. Adora oversees the Nursery and our "Mom's Room" Ministries.

 

rene hernandez - elder

Rene and his wife Patricia have lived in Corpus Christi all their married lives. They have one son Joshua and one daughter Alyssa. Before coming to CC Coastlands Rene and Patricia had been in youth ministry for many years. Currently Rene oversees the High School Youth. He says he loves discipling and ministering to the next generation to equip and encourage them as they move from high school into adults. He also enjoys playing basketball, singing and playing the guitar. Rene says "I love my church family and serving the Lord is a blessing and honor". 

RODNEY MAHAFFEY - elder

Rodney, raised in Corpus Christi, and his wife Tina were married in 1992 and have lived here ever since. Although Rodney has been a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Boat Captain and a Private Pilot, he says, "My greatest adventures and joys in his life have been in believing, trusting and serving Jesus as my Lord and Savior." He was saved with the help of a home ministry playing Chuck Smith teaching tapes back in 1976. He had always hoped and prayed for a Calvary Chapel to come to Corpus Christi because he believes verse by verse teaching is how to make disciples, taught with the full counsel of God's Word. He thanks Pastor Rod and Noreen for answering that call. Rodney oversees the Church Facebook page and the Church website and enjoys leading groups in Koinonia Home fellowship and a Men's study on Tuesdays.

Tina grew up in Donna, Texas and was raised in the Methodist Church. She has a BS in Nursing and a BA in Religion. Tina enjoys helping with Women's Bible Studies, Women’s Prayer Time, The Prayer Chain, and The Meals Ministry. They have attended Calvary Chapel of the Coastlands since 2006. One of Rodney's favorite scriptures is: 

1 Corinthians 13:12-13

schuyler schmidt - elder

Schuyler was born in Pharr, TX and moved to Corpus Christi as a child. He has lived in Corpus Christi most of his life except for some time spent in Harlingen, TX while in college and for work. Schuyler said, "I was raised in a Christian home and have been a believer for as long as I can remember, but was practically backslidden from my early teen years. I came to faith as an adult at age 29." Schuyler's wife Rose Marie was born in Menard Texas where she received Christ, then shortly after moved to Corpus Christi. Schuyler and Rose Marie were both attending Calvary Chapel when they were married in 2004 and have served together in various ministries as a part of the church. They have 3 sons, 2 daughters in love, 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. One of his favorite Bible verses is Romans 12:1-2. Rose Marie’s life verse is “Those who have been forgiven much love much,“ Luke 7:36-50. They currently serve in the men’s and women’s bible studies, Koinonia home groups, " For Chains to Fall Prodigal Ministry”, the Info Booth and E-mail Prayer Chain ministries here at Calvary Chapel of the Coastlands. Rose Marie has a heart for women and also serves in the Syndeo Prison Ministry.

walter santiago - elder

Walter John Santiago was born and raised in New York City until the age of 11 when he moved to Puerto Rico where he lived for the next 18 years. As a college student he had his first Bible study with Jehovah Witnesses. After discovering they were a religious cult, he abandoned his Bible studies and focused on a career in medicine. As a medical doctor in the Air Force he moved 17 times until arriving in Corpus Christi in 1996. It was in the year 2000 that due to a severe illness of his former wife he accepted an invitation to go to a Baptist church where he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, got baptized, and became a dedicated student of the Bible. Walter's favorite Bible Verses are, Rev. 21:1-4. Between he and his beautiful wife Isabel, they have 5 adult children: Matthew, Reina, Smiley, Lee May, and Alex. Currently Walter serves as an elder here at Calvary Chapel of the Coastlands and he teaches the Wednesday night children’s ministry, leads a Tuesday night Men's Study group, leads a "Koinonia" Home Fellowship group and serves on the prayer ministry.

CAMBRIELLE CARVER - MISSIONS COORDINATOR & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT


bob and cate matthews -FACILITIES MAINTENANCE & COFFEE SHOP

Bob and his wife Cate are Colorado imports.  They joined CC Coastlands in 2017 via Hurricane Harvey.  The Matthews' ministry, After the Storm for Christ, http://afterthestorm4christ.org, a disaster relief & recovery ministry, is what brought them to Corpus Christi.  They served as CC Coastlands Hurricane Recovery Team Leaders in 2017. They continue overseeing the disaster relief ministry here in Texas and abroad in the states and are ready to serve when and where there is a need in our surrounding areas and beyond after storms(have tools will travel).

Since they have been here Bob has become the Facilities Maintenance overseer taking care of maintenance and special projects here at church.. Cate will be part of the up and coming CC Coastlands Coffee Shop ministry. They both enjoy serving in multiple areas of the church. Bob & Cate have been married for 20 years and between the two of them they have 4 adult daughters and 1 sweet granddaughter (aka “Bee”).  They say, "We love our extended family and friends here in Texas & Colorado and we love to see how we can serve His Kingdom."  Is. 52:7

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