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Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Jason Huffman

I am honored to be the lead pastor here at Coast Hills Church! As a California native, I grew up in a strong Christian home in Fountain Valley, but it wasn’t until I turned 21 that I really gave my life to Christ. I soon began attending a local Bible college and earned a BA in Biblical theology, but more importantly, that is when I really began to pursue a real and right relationship with Jesus.

I met Deborah at Bible college, and we married soon after graduation. Within our first year of marriage, we were called into ministry at a small church in Winslow, Arizona. Soon after we went to Kona, Hawaii to serve with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and a small church plant. Later, I began a 25-year career in Christian education at Calvary Chapel Schools. Through the years, I taught sixth grade, high school Bible, served in administration as the vice principal, junior high principal, high school principal, and superintendent. During this time, I also earned a Bachelor’s in Human Development and a Master’s in Education from Hope International University. Through it all, I loved leading the school, teaching the Word, and caring for the needs of the staff, students, and families as both a pastor and educator.

In between school seasons, I served at a church in South County, overseeing the children’s ministry, assisting the senior pastor, and serving as the high school pastor. In 2012, we planted a small church in Laguna Beach called Reliant Church. We met at Top of the World Elementary school as we sought to reach our community and love the people.

Personally, I enjoy listening to books and podcasts, surfing Upper Trestles, and dabbling in triathlons. I also love spending time with my family. Deborah and I have three boys in their late teens and early twenties: Micah, Danny, and Luke. I am so thankful and proud of the young men my boys are becoming and the relationships we share.

I have lived in Aliso Viejo for more than twenty years. This community is my home, and I am so excited to serve the Lord here. We love Coast Hills and have been attending since 2017. We know that this is a special church with a great history, loving people, engaging worship, and a faithful adherence to God’s Word. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us together. Pastor Denny, the founding pastor of Coast Hills, was fond of a saying which I believe is true: “The best is yet to come!”

May the Lord continue the good work He began through our lives and for His glory at Coast Hills Church!

Meet Our Team

Here at Coast Hills, we are growing in grace together. “Together” is important to us, and we emphasize our relationships with God and His Church. We pray that as we strive to run this race of faith, that you will be inspired to worship and challenged to change through the example of Jesus Christ. Our team is running the race with you, and our desire is continuously to “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” as we seek to glorify God together.

Jeff Kotrady

Jeff Kotrady

Executive Pastor

Bob (Wolfie) Wolfsberger

Community LIFE & Staff Pastor

Manny Lotito

Director of Men’s LIFE & Facilities

Debbie Pelichowski

Debbie Pelichowski

Director of Women’s LIFE

Kamila Chiste

Director of Kid LIFE Accounting Coordinator

Pam Rasmussen

Kid LIFE Coordinator

Michelle Townsley

Jimmy Terry III

Director of Student LIFE

Michelle Townsley

Michelle Townsley

Communications Coordinator & Student LIFE Ministry Assistant

Christina Dawkins Ward

Christina Dawkins-Ward

Events & Connect Administrator

Karen Colston

Karen Colston

Administrative Assistant

Karen Colston

Gaby Estrada

Executive Assistant & HR

Frank Whitaker

Director of IT

Board of Elders:

Dave Eason

Doug Armstrong

Doug Blanchard

John Colston


John Ivey

Matt Kern

Philip Ashman

Rhoads Martin

Steve Kuntz

Meet our Savior through

The Gospel

God is holy and perfect. Here’s the bad news—we are not. All of humanity has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The impact of this sin is eternal separation from God. BUT GOD has made a way. This is the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. God so loves the world that He doesn’t want anyone to be separated from Him, but desires all to experience eternal life with Him. Thus, He sent His one and only Son to pay the price of our sin, die on a cross and rise from the dead three days later, conquering death for us.

Anyone who believes in Him will have this life!

Our Vision & Mission


Learning the Word
Investing into Relationships
Following the Way of Christ
Engaging our World

Our Service Times

Wednesdays 6:30pm


Sundays 9:00am


Sundays 11:00am


Sundays 7:30pm


Church Address:
5 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo,
California 92656

What to Expect

When You Visit

  • At Coast Hills, all are welcome. No matter your background or what you wear, we are glad you’re here!
  • Get here early to grab a coffee and donut, check your kids into Kid LIFE, and find a seat.
  • Bring your Bible as we believe Learning the Word is key for God to be glorified in our lives. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Bible. We would love to give you one!
  • Stop by our Connect space before or after service to get answers to questions, sign up for classes and events, or to attend our next Connect Gathering where you can meet our Pastors and staff.

What We Believe

Our Foundational Beliefs


The eternal God exists as three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.


Each person has been created in the image of God and is deeply loved by Him.


God has revealed Himself through the person of Jesus Christ, His inerrant Word found in the Holy Scriptures and His creation.


From nothing, God created all things in seven days for His glory.


Each person has been separated from God and falls short of His glory, leaving humanity in the desperate need of salvation.



God provided His gift of grace through faith alone in Christ alone.


Global followers of Jesus who have been saved by faith and set apart to continue His mission as the Body of Christ.


The outward and visible response of an existent internal and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


Prior to the seven years of tribulation, the Church will be raptured from the world and return with Christ at His second coming, to rule and reign with Him for a literal 1,000 years before the eternal age.


Our History

Coast Hills’ story began in 1985. God moved a small group of people to reach south Orange County through Christ’s love with the leadership of Denny and Leesa Bellesi. Seeking and saving the lost became a pillar of the church in this season.

In 2004, the leadership of Coast Hills transitioned to Ken Baugh. He faithfully served for the next ten years emphasizing the importance of making disciples, building another pillar by which the church stands on.

With evangelism and discipleship firmly established, Todd Proctor joined the story in 2015 with a desire to lead the church through the transition of finding her new Pastor. His connection with the local and global church, along with his desire to be led by the Spirit, was used by God to firm up the foundation by which Coast Hills was built on.

After a prayerful process, Chet Lowe joined the family in 2016 as the Lead Pastor. With a passion for the lost, a desire to disciple, and deep love for God’s people, he has been able to build off of the firm foundation by which Coast Hills stands.


Our history has made us a family. In our 30+ years, this family has grown by the grace of God as we purpose to learn and live what it means to be fully devoted to Christ and share His life with others. We are grateful for His favor which has sustained us to minister to the younger and the seasoned saint.

From the first day until now, we have been dependent on the Holy Spirit to write our story and continue to rely on Him to empower us for the work of the ministry that lies ahead. After all, there is a whole world out there who needs to hear the everlasting Gospel!

Coast Hills is led by a team of elders and ministry staff following Jesus as the head of the church. Together, we serve to empower the Coast Hills community to be the Church as we glorify God together!



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