Rev. Brian Coats, Senior Minister

Brian Coats is a pastor, preacher, communicator, teacher, writer, speaker, husband and father. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he has been the Senior Pastor at Central Christian Church since 2012. He is responsible for providing direction and care to the entire congregation. He serves as head of staff and preaches about 48 times per year. He guides and equips lay leaders in coordinating all the church’s ministries.

In 28 years of ministry, Brian has served as a senior pastor, associate pastor, youth minister and communications director. He feels a call to passionately and compassionately share the story of the life and love found in Jesus Christ. The grace of God has transformed his life, and he has made it his life’s work to be a creative, energetic missionary of the Gospel. Prior to becoming a minister, he was a sports writer in suburban Dallas.

Brian and Nicole Coats met at Texas A&M University and have been married since 1996. They have three children: Kiley, Cailyn and Joshua. Family is the most true and pure joy in Brian’s life.

Brian spends the vast majority of his free time watching his kids play sports. He considers himself a fairly-passionate Aggie sports fan, and his favorite scriptures are Matthew 5:14-16, John 15:9-17, Philippians and Psalm 16.


Kristin grew up attending Central Christian Church, but moved to Fort Worth in 1993, to attend TCU where she earned a degree in Special Education. After several years of teaching full-time and also doing part-time youth ministry at both inner-city Fort Worth churches and Mid-Cities Disciples of Christ Churches, she accepted a call to full-time youth ministry at University Christian Church in Fort Worth, TX, where she spent nearly five years. 

Kristin has been a Licensed/Comissioned Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest Region since 2002. Returning to CCC in August of 2007, she definitely feels at home. As the Minister to Families, Kristin serves all ministries involving children, youth, and their parents, and assists with Worship among other things. She's also in charge of The Pumpkin Patch at Central Christian Church each fall. 

Her passion is to help children and families know that God loves them no matter what and we all can SHINE the light of Christ in the world by loving EVERYONE and making good choices. Kristin strives to help families embrace being the primary source of faith development for their children and is always trying to find ways for the church and home to partner together. 

She has been married to Justin since 2000, and they have three children, Savannah, Carter, and Addison. She loves being with family & friends, entertaining, cheering for the Horned Frogs, cooking,, travel, and music. 

other Program and support staff

  • Anita Selters, organist

    Anita has been the CCC Organist since 2014. She has lived in Waco since 1969. She enjoys quilting, reading and spending time at their ranch.


    Beverly Taube is a member of CCC and is married to Joe Taube. They have two daughters, Caroline and Abby. 

  • Brenda DeBerry, Office Manager

    Brenda began working at CCC in September 2021. She moved to Waco from The Woodlands, and she enjoys crocheting, traveling, and spending time with her puppy Nick.

  • JENNY AKIN, preschool director, 

      Communications & Senior pastor assistant

    With over a decade of service to Noah's Ark Preschool, Jenny motivates her teachers  with a passion for brain-based learning and problem solving through play.  With a BS from the University of North Texas, she is a certified teacher with a specialization is Language Arts.

  • LEANN LENOIR, Custodian

    LeAnn has been on our church staff for 6 years. She lives in Mart, TX.

  • ROBERT MATTSON, director of music

    Robert joined the CCC team in January 2021. A seasoned church music leadership professional and accomplished vocalist, Robert recently graduated Truett Seminary with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Music Leadership in Worship.