Coast Life Church (formally known as Eastside Christian Assembly), is part of the Grace International organization. About Grace International Churches & Ministries, Inc.
In over seventy five years of history, we have had four presidents. Our founder, O.C. Harms was a visionary leader with an evangelistic mindset. His brother, R. H. Harms, became our second president, who being an organizer, added structure to the organization. Under his leadership, in 1979, the name of the organization was changed to Christian Evangelistic Assemblies as a reflection of our continued growth and expansion. The mantle of the organization was then passed on to Orvel Taylor, who was installed as our third President. He was a relational leader who strove for an attitude of excellence in everything he and the organization did. Today, we are under the direction of our fourth President, Steve Riggle. Steve is a visionary and motivator. He is also the Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church, with over 15,000 active members on three campuses in Houston, TX; The Woodlands, TX; and Oceanside, CA. Globally, the Grace International is currently serving over one hundred sixty five thousand members, twenty four hundred churches, in more than seventy countries. We embrace a vision of continued expansion and growth on a national and international level. We expect multiplication of members, churches, and districts. Our vision includes the establishment of additional International Training Centers in strategic locations. Our vision is for the global community, yet we are committed to the importance of each individual member of Grace International. It is our goal to offer support, guidance, and credibility to each person involved. It is our desire to provide a strong foundation for ministry in today’s society through the relationships, resources and leadership of Grace International.
Pastors Gary and Susan Gelette have been serving with Grace International in pastoral ministry for many years. They have been involved in church planting, along with being on staff at Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas. Gary has also served as a missionary in Arctic Canada for several years, as well as planting churches in the region. Susan is currently serving as Outreach Coordinator for Coos County Pregnancy Resource Center.