Jen Fortner

Assistant to Life Stage Pastors

Joined Staff: 2012


Role: The Assistant to Life Stage Pastors supports the Children’s Ministry, the Student Ministry and the Biblical Living Pastor.

My Story: Throughout most of my life, I had an ache in my heart and longed for something more.  Almost immediately after moving to Virginia Beach in 2008, I found Coastal Community Church and learned that longing was for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  I started volunteering, joined a Life Group and was baptized.  Ever since, my kids and I have volunteered and served in almost all capacities giving back to our church and community.  In April 2012, I was privileged to be hired as the Assistant to Life Stage Pastors where I am honored to work with enthusiastic Christ followers and support them in teaching God’s Word and spreading God’s Love. 

After high school, I attended 4 different colleges to earn a degree in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology and Family Studies). Having moved around a lot, I never quite utilized my degree.  Five years later, I went back to school and earned my Master’s Degree in Human Relations. I stayed home while raising my three children until I started working here at Coastal.

I love parenting Sarah, Emma and Anthony.  I enjoy running, good coffee, good chocolate, the Seattle Seahawks, Mariners baseball, reading, being a Life Group Leader and serving in Student Ministry.