Pastor Lamar grew up in Jackson, MS, where he was a bus ministry kid at First Church of the Nazarene. He was a youth pastor for over 14 years in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Florida. He has been our Senior Pastor since January 2015. He attended Trevecca Nazarene University where he met his wife, Brooke. They were married in 2003 and have two children and a third on the way. He graduated from Nazarene Bible Institute and was ordained in 2009. He loves Ole Miss football and is a sports enthusiast. He throws the knuckleball on the church softball team.
His wife, Brooke is a homemaker and licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructor. She grew up in San Diego, CA and graduated in 2009 from Southeastern University with a degree in Business and Professional Leadership.
Pastor Lamar and Brooke believe that life is meant for loving God and loving others, and they are committed to continuously learning what that really means.
Dale Mattox grew up in Vancleave, MS where he graduated from Vancleave High School in 2008. From there, he went to military training and is currently serving in the Mississippi Army National Guard. In January of 2009, Dale started pursuing and education at Trevecca Nazarene University and graduated in 2013. Pastor Dale held a youth pastor position in Greeley, CO, but now is serving at Gulf Coast Family since April of 2017.
Pastor Dale loves to practice jiu jitsu, play music, hike with his dog, and create art.
He knows well the struggles that youth face and wants to live a life that encourages them to do good work and do it well
Bonnie has been an leader in children's ministries for many years. She has taught Sunday School classes for all ages, directed Wednesday Night services, and served as coordinator for Vacation Bible Schools. Bonnie was raised in a Christian home in Genoa, Arkansas and spent two decades serving our country as an Air Force wife. She has served in multiple denominations including the Church of Christ, Methodist and the Church of the Nazarene.
Bonnie and her husband, Jeff, have four daughters; Hali, Courtney, Selena and Taylor. Courtney, Selena and Taylor have also served as assistants, teachers, nursery workers, and craft directors in multiple children's programs. Hali currently lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas and is the mother of Jeff and Bonnie's grandchildren; Indica, Allison and Emma.
My wife Beverly and I have been married since 1985. We have 4 grown kids, who have families of their own.
At the present time we have 5 wonderful grandchildren, 4 boys and 1 girl.
My wife and I were saved in the Nazarene church in Central Valley California, where I served as youth pastor for 17 years.
I was ordained as an Elder in 2017 through the Central California District Church of the Nazarene.
We currently live in Biloxi, MS and I serve as the associate pastor of discipleship ministries and spiritual development at Gulf Coast Family Church of the Nazarene.
My spiritual gifts are evangelism and teaching. My passion is bringing holiness back into the church.