Our Staff

Chris Ekins (Lead Pastor, Mission and Membership)

Chris Ekins is married to Sharon, and they have three kids (Caleb, Hannah and Chloe). Chris loves Jesus, teaching the Bible, fishing and soccer. He catches as many fish as he scores goals...he is a fullback. Chris finished his Bachelor of Theology at Moore Theological College in 1996. He served on the staff of St Faith's Anglican Church at Narrabeen from 1996-2008. And in Feb 2009 he and his family moved to Forster with 5 other mates to start CoastEC. Chris' passion is to see people come to know Jesus and to grow in their love for him as they study God's Word. His vision is for CoastEC to start several more churches on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. (Day off Friday)


Dev Blair (Pastor, Maturity)

Dev Blair joined the team in Jan 2013. He's married to AJ, and they have four kids (Kaylee, Judah, Summer and Crosby). Before moving to Forster, Dev worked in Christian camping ministry for 10 years focusing on leadership development and team dynamics. Dev then completed his Bachelor of Theology at SMBC. He oversees our purpose area of Maturity where he is responsible for looking after our Home Group community and their leaders. He also leads our focus areas of Mens' Ministry, Women's Ministry, Youth Ministry and our GAP Year Program.  His desire is to see every member of CoastEC growing in Christlikeness and deepening their love for God and His beautiful Word!. He loves instant coffee, rugby, meat and looking like Brad Pitt.....or, Ryan Gosling, depending on the angle. (Day off Saturday)


Heather Fitzhardinge (Office Manager)

Heather joined the team in March 2015. She is married to Dave and they have 3 kids (Jackson, Ethan and Toby). She loves cooking, sewing, the beach and good coffee. Before moving to Forster in 2003, Heather was the office manager at Open Doors Australia. Heather is our Office Manager and works in the office 2 days a week trying to keep everyone organised! (Work days Wednesdays and Fridays).

Joel Hill (Church Planter Apprentice)

Joel Hill is married to Hannah and they have five kids (Amy, Finnegan, John, Albert and Digby). Since studying at Ridley Theological College they’ve been working with Bush Church Aid in Roxby Downs (a remote mining community). In 2017 Joel and his family are moved to Taree and joined the crew at CoastEC to begin a church planting apprenticeship. He loves rock climbing, having a crack at being handy, and getting stuck into the Bible, the bread and butter of Christian life with people, seeing them respond to Jesus and grow to the glory and praise of God. (Day off Friday)

Marty Lofberg (Ministry/Music)

Marty joined Coast EC at the start of 2018 and looks after Ministry and Music. He is married to Aimee and they have 2 children, Gideon and Maisy. Before moving up to Forster they lived in Southern and then Western Sydney, and most recently Marty was a product designer for Canva in Surry Hills. Marty has a passion for music and seeing God's people both glorify Him and build each other up through song. He also loves good coffee, good music and playing soccer (while he still can!). Marty's day off is Tuesday.

Kids and Youth Pastor

CoastEC is looking for a kids and youth Pastor! If you are interested, find all the details here.

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