Coastlands began with a group of people praying, talking, and listening to what Jesus is doing on the Central Coast. We held our first Sunday morning service on Sunday, January 8, 2012. Cody and Michelle Busick developed Coastlands from an intimate group of passionate people meeting in a home to a larger yet still intimate and welcoming group of passionate people meeting in an elementary school auditorium.
In March of 2014, Cody and his family felt called to pastor a church in southern California. In July of 2014, Chris and Sarah Failla, who had recently moved back to California after serving as missionaries in China, were ordained as the new pastors. Throughout Coastlands' journey, we have remained committed to being a genuine, participatory, Kingdom-focused community of people.
Our Statement of Faith can be found here
Our first priorities are to ENCOUNTER God the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, and to be encountered by Them. We desire these encounters individually and collectively, on Sundays and throughout the week.
We EXPERIENCE community in a warm, friendly, vulnerable environment. We believe experiencing community reveals some of the deepest truths about who we are and who God is.
We ENCOURAGE one another in our identities, in our daily walks with God, and in our Kingdom adventures, whether they are 9-5 jobs or specific ministry projects.
We'd love to get to know you over a cup of coffee! When you arrive on a Sunday morning, you will be offered complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries, which we enjoy together before the service and during a break time. This is just one way that we try to cultivate a friendly, hospitable community at Coastlands Vineyard.
Our mornings begin around 10 o'clock, with some refreshments, coffee and tea, and an opportunity to greet one another and make new friends. Around 10:10 we join in song to worship God. After worshipping through music, we dismiss the second through eighth grade children to head to their Sunday school classroom. Then we sit down together, and someone from within the community shares a message. After the message, we respond to what we have heard through sharing and prayer. After the service, people often linger to chat, catch up, pray together, and (of course) drink more coffee.
If you have children in 1st grade or younger and you'd like them to attend a kids' class, our greeters will direct you toward our children’s table for check-in when you arrive. Children 2nd to 8th grade can join their parents in the auditorium for worship, and then go to their classroom between worship and the message. We have great children's and youth ministries, and we encourage your children to take part. However, if you prefer, you're also welcome to have your child of any age join you in the auditorium for the duration of the service.
Please take a look at our Next Steps section to see how to get connected during and after your visit.
Our leadership team is made up of people who are passionate about community, wholeness, authenticity, and the reality of Kingdom life being embedded in all of life. Here’s a little about each of us:
Chris, Sarah, and their three boys (Joshua, Zachary, and Nathan) moved to Morro Bay in June, 2012 from Central China. Chris is originally from Central California, and Sarah is originally from Denver, Colorado. They worked with Youth With A Mission in Denver for 10 years before serving for five years in China. As a family, they have traveled the world serving the church and doing missions. Chris has a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is an internationally trained CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder) consultant. Sarah has been involved in ministry with women for 19 years and is a Life/Health coach.
Mike Miller is from Walnut Creek, CA and moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly. He graduated with a Fine Art and Design degree in 2017 and spends his time creating, illustrating, collaborating with other artists, playing, traveling, and working on his children’s book. Mike also worked with youth at Mount Hermon for a number of years, and loves creating spaces for youth where depth, truth, relationship, and crazy/silly fun all come together.
Natalie and Tyler Penney grew up in the Central Valley of California and now live in Los Osos. They and their five children are passionate about community, gathering people, and serving their neighbors in practical and loving ways. They enjoy God and life to the fullest are creating a beautiful space for the kids of Coastlands to know God, know each other, and be an overflow of God's love to those around them.
These two adventure lovers do so much behind the scenes--from coordinating the worship schedule to setting up Sunday mornings to helping strategize and plan the Coastlands flow... they're a creative force that keeps Coastlands fresh!
These Next Steps are here to help make meeting people and navigating this new community fun and easy. At Coastlands, we want everyone to grow in their relationships with others and Jesus. This means that everyone gets to be family and that everybody gets to be a part of what’s happening. We want every person to enjoy who God made them, and others, to be.
Some ways you can get started are…
Please fill out the form on our Connect page. We will communicate what’s happening at Coastlands with you and help you find a good fit if you'd like to get involved.
The best way to get to know others at Coastlands is to gather during the week. A current list of groups is included in the Sunday bulletin.