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Meet The Pastors

The Coastal Church Ministry Team
Pastors Dave & Cheryl Koop

David & Cheryl Koop

Coastal Church Senior Pastors

Founding Senior Pastors Dave Koop and his wife Cheryl, met attending bible college. They spent their early years pursuing further education, careers and raising a young family. Even though they were active in their local church and community outreaches, full time ministry wasn’t considered until they experienced the infilling of the Holy Spirit, followed by several divine moments where God confirmed His calling. Following much prayer, Dave left a successful career in the oil industry, and eventually, in an act of obedience, pioneered a new church plant in the core of downtown Vancouver, Canada in 1994 with their young family.

This call as a couple has enabled them to share the duties as Senior Pastors in this thriving city church and it’s campuses as well as contributing on other non profit organization boards. David completed his Doctorate in Ministry from Bakke Graduate University in 2010.  They are proud parents of 4 grown children, 3 in-laws and 3 beautiful grandsons.

Pastor Dan Walton

Dan Walton

Pitt Meadows Campus Pastor

Dan and his wife Dianne met each other while attending Pacific Bible School in 1978. They were married shortly after in 1979 and were soon on their way to starting a family, raising 3 children. In 1987 Dan was called to a senior pastor role in Kaslo, a small town in the interior of British Columbia. He served there faithfully and also began working as a paramedic in 1988.

In 1997 Dan and Dianne moved their family back to Vancouver, where Dan continued to work as a paramedic. They began attending Coastal Church in 2004, and committed to lead the Celebrate Recovery program. In spring 2010 Dan again felt called to return to ministry full-time. He has since retired from being a paramedic and focuses now on leading Freedom Session, marriage and men’s ministry at Coastal Church. He also serves as campus pastor at Pitt Meadows.

Brian Taylor

Ministerial, Visitation and Follow-up Pastor

Brian Taylor and his wife Christine came from the UK in 1972. Upon coming to Canada, Brian entered bible college in Ontario where he graduated in 1975. Since then Brian and Christine have pastored churches in the Ottawa valley area, Kingston and the Niagara area in Ontario. They moved their family to BC in 1992 and pastored in North Vancouver.

After becoming semi-retired in 2003, Pastor Brian and his family joined Coastal Church. Since then he has again stepped into a pastoral role, helping with ministerial duties, pastoral visitations, prayer and follow-up.

Pastor James Fam

James Fam

Pastor of Campus Development

James Fam joined the ministry team at Coastal Church after leaving a successful career as a professional engineer working at Translink. James completed his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and Masters degree at UBC, and has been active in campus ministry for over a decade. James has a passion for students and continues to lead REgeneration, an outreach event that began on campus and which Coastal Church adopted and now runs during the summer months.

James currently oversees operations of all campuses, special events and life groups. James also has passion for his wife, Michelle, and his two young girls.

Pastor Karen Wong

Karen Wong

Leadership Development Pastor

Karen was born and raised in Venezuela, from Chinese descent, and loves world culture and languages. She holds a BA in Linguistics; a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate; and a diploma in Biblical Studies. She has served in Missions in Nicaragua, Tanzania, Ukraine and Panama.

Karen completed the Coastal Masters’ Commission discipleship program in 2005, and joined the Coastal staff team in 2006. In 2011 Karen moved into the position of leading the new Coastal Internship Program, and overseeing the biblical courses Coastal offers in partnership with Hope International University.

Karen’s heart is to serve God while serving interns and students. Her passion is encouraging, equipping and empowering them to know Jesus, and His mission of building His church.

Pastor Chris Karuhije

Chris Karuhije

Family Life Pastor

Chris became the administrator of the Coastal Preschool & Kids Church after arriving in November of 2011. Having worked with children in various settings and environments for many years, he brings a renewed vision and passion to the kids ministry at Coastal Church. Not only does he want to see children from different backgrounds and culture communicating and interacting with one another, but also parents from various backgrounds networking together to build community.

Chris now oversees the youth and young adult ministries with the same passion. Chris also has a passion for his wife, Kristy, and twin girls.

Allan Burnett

Alpha Course Pastor (part-time)

Ordained as a minister in 1980 and receiving his Bachelor in Religious Education, Allan has had a number of years of ministry experience in both a senior pastoral role and in church leadership. A passion of Allan’s is Alpha – a dinner/ teaching/discussion course which helps people understand the meaning of Christianity and the significance of Christianity in leading a successful life. Teaching others how to lead “Alpha” has taken Allan as leader of a team to Tanzania, Haiti and Regina, Saskatchewan (teams going to the Dominican Republic).

Together with his wife Betty Ann he has raised four children and currently has three grandchildren. Allan is an accomplished pianist and enjoys golfing, travelling and spending time with his family. He also is a successful entrepreneur, and owns a thriving business.

Pastor Fari

Fari Ghaem-maghami

Strathcona Campus Pastor

Fari was originally born in Iran and was brought up as a Muslim believer. It was first in Canada that him and his family were introduced to Christianity. In the year 2004 Fari put his faith in Christ and shortly after started studying at Christ College in Surrey. While still in Bible college Fari got married to Angela in 2006 and today they have two beautiful girls. In the year 2008 he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology and very soon after started working at the Union Gospel Mission on the outreach team serving the community in the Downtown Eastside. Fari was ordained at Coastal Church in 2011 and continued to minister as an outreach worker at UGM.

On January 7, 2014 Fari started working at Coastal Church as the campus pastor for our new Strathcona site in DTES believing that God is calling Him to move to a different position but still serve the same community. Fari is currently working towards finishing his Master of Divinity.

Pastor Brad Bergman

Brad Bergman

Commercial Drive Campus Pastor

After years of serving as a volunteer worship leader, Brad Bergman completed his Master’s of Ministry degree and joined Coastal’s ministry team in 2010. In spring of 2015 he assumed the role of Campus pastor at the Commercial site.

Experiencing Christ through the medium of music has been a consistent passion throughout Brad’s life. He loves creating opportunities for people to connect with Jesus. Serving alongside are his wife Rebecca and four boys.