Meet The Core Team
The 'Core Team' consists of the senior pastors and other key roles that have overall responsibility for the church.
Mike Holmes Pastor
After graduating from Surrey University with a degree in Human Biology in 1979, Mike worked as a lecturer for two multinational computer companies for 7 years.
He grew up as a Christadelphian, started preaching at 16, but was remarkably saved in 1982 after being baptised in the Holy Spirit. Mike felt God's call into full-time ministry some five years later and obtained a certificate in Biblical Studies at London Bible College.
Mike has been a full-time pastor since 1988, serving a charismatic evangelical church in Reading and then Bethlehem Church Life Centre in Cefn Cribwr until November 2011. Mike also has a Masters degree in Missional Leadership from the University of Wales and has a passion for transforming church to transform community.
Mike started as lead pastor at Coastlands in January 2012 and is also chair of the trustees. He is married to Cathy and has three children and six grandchildren.
Cathy Holmes Pastor
Cathy has been married to Mike for 39 years and spent most of that time working alongside him in various church roles, raising their three children and looking after grandchildren when needed.
Cathy has a diploma in counselling. She graduated with a degree in design in 1976 and enjoys painting in her spare time and likes to get involved in various other crafts.
Cathy is part of the Core team and brings a wealth of experience in pastoral and childrens work to Coastlands.
Mark has been a member of the church since 1995 and joined the leadership team in 2007. He has oversight of worship and media ministries, is responsible for child protection and acts as the church social worker.
Mark has a particular passion for the development of ministries and initiatives that promote and strengthen family life.
Mark qualified as a social worker in 2000.
Phil has been a member of Coastlands Family Church since moving with Becky and the kids from port Talbot back in 2013.
In his time at Coastlands he has had roles such as Youth Leader/overseer Small group leader and prayer coordinator.
Phil currently works for a Christian organization called TheMessage. His role is prisons' outreach worker in Parc Prison.In his role he preaches the gospel often to prisoners he also leeads Alpha courses and provides regular church services for young people.
Phil has a passion for church revival and longs to see god move across wales in his life time. His heart if for the church in wales to reach its fullest potential in Christ through seeking him with all there heart. He also has an evangelistic heart longing to see many come to faith in Jesus.
Phil is married to Beck who is also on the core leadership team. Phil is a family man and has 3 children who also attend Coastlands.
Regional Church Support
Rob was powerfully saved as a teenager in the Rhondda valley and graduated London Bible College in 1979. He has been involved in many church plants across South Wales over the years and retired from business in 2006 to be able to serve churches more widely across Wales.
Rob serves on the National Gweini Board, the national Waleswide Team and is also part of the New Wine National Team with responsibility for the South Wales valleys region.
Rob currently serves a number of churches in many parts of Wales in an oversight capacity and his life’s passion is worship.
Susan has been a member of the church since 1995 and joined the leadership team in 2007. She is a trustee, the Church Facilitator - with a focus on strategic planning - and she also manages the Vale Foodbank.
Susan has a particular passion for community transformation through the development of compassion ministries, which demonstrate God’s love in practical ways to people in need.
A graduate of UCW Aberystwyth, Susan has over twenty years experience in social services and is currently on secondment to the Welsh Government as a Senior Project Manager.
My name is Becky and I was brought up in a Christian family which impacted my faith immensely. I married Phil in 2006 and we now have 3 beautiful children. We moved to Barry in 2013 which is when we joined Coastlands.
I lead the children’s ministry here which is my absolute passion. I have a real heart for church kids and also to share Jesus with children who don’t yet know him.
I work part time for a Christian charity called Care for the Family and have been there since 2006.
Keith was brought up in a Christian family in the Anglican tradition, getting confirmed into the Church of England at about 14 years old, mainly so he could teach in their Sunday school. A few years later, a friend introduced him to a group of Christians involved in the newly growing Charismatic movement and he learned about a whole new dimension to his faith.
He was then involved in several churches on the Charismatic/Pentecostal edge of the mainstream Anglican movement. However, when he moved to Wales in 1991, he started attending the Elim Church in Barry. He moved to Coastlands when it was formed in 2003. Now retired from full-time employment, he is a trustee and treasurer for the Church.