Toby Smith

Executive Pastor


I pay the bills at Coastal, though my educational background is in marine biology (BS), pathology (PhD coursework) and theology (MDiv). My education has been a literal death-to-life transition! I like managing data and finances and will tolerate people on most occasions.

God has blessed me with one beautiful wife (Darlene) and five great children (Elisabeth, Caleb, Joshua, Abigail and Benjamin). I am passionate about good parenting and strong marriages, though I’m certainly not perfect at either.

My favorite verse is Job 13:15, which says, “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him,” which is a great reminder that though I may not understand or even like what God is doing, He is sovereign and I can fully trust Him. It’s been a privilege to watch God use the ministry and people of Coastal to impact Galveston Island and exciting to be a part of it.