Marshall and Lara Jane have enjoyed a great friendship and love for over 20 years. They met their freshman year at ACU and married on May 16, 1998 after their junior year. They have four children: John, Cady, Emma, and Dani. The Coffey's have many hobbies and interests, including short-term missions, hanging out with friends, eating out, music, reading, movies, woodworking, outdoor life, basketball, and more. Marshall says, "Our family is thankful to be a part of the Alpine family and excited to see God's kingdom revealed in Longview and the surrounding area. Perhaps like you, our journey has not been perfect – but our God has! We are learning every day what trusting Jesus feels like. My hope is to see Alpine prayerfully and boldly move forward with godly vision, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us throughout our life together." Marshall became the Preacher/Lead Minister at Alpine in August 2015. He says his goal in preaching is, “to bring the biblical text to life in the listener’s world so they gain a deeper understanding of and desire to follow Jesus.” He has been preaching since 1999 at three congregations in Texas and also spent over three years in church planting in Central Texas. He graduated from ACU with a degree in Bible & Missions in 1999, and a MA Degree in Christian Ministry in 2003.
Almost 30 years in municipal government and a variety of leadership positions in the church trained me for full-time ministry beginning in 2003. I currently oversee the business operations of the church and provide administrative coordination and support for the elders, staff, and working committees. In addition to coordinating budget preparation, campus maintenance and improvements, and long range planning I serve as a member of the Stewardship Team and work with the Lead Minister as supervisor of the Alpine staff. Sandra (Family Minister) and I have been married for over 4 decades and we have two daughters and two grandchildren. We enjoy the outdoors and traveling, especially when the road leads to the grandchildren’s door.
Outreach/Sr. Adult Minister
Rodney Cox, a Longview native, returned to his home town in 1981 to serve as Education Minister for Alpine Church of Christ and currently serves as Outreach & Senior Adults Minister. He graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 1975 with a BA degree and Abilene Christian University in 1977 with a MS degree. Before returning to Longview, he served as a minister in three churches, all in Texas. Rodney and his wife, Patti, have two children, a son and daughter, and five granddaughters. Together they enjoy family outings and vacation trips to mountains in nearby states. Currently at Alpine, Rodney works closely with the Care Ministry, Connection Ministry, and other on campus and off campus outreach efforts. He also coordinates Discover Alpine sessions, New Member Orientations, and the expanding ministry programs available to senior adult members and guests and also assists the Pastoral Team of elders with their shepherding emphasis. Rodney’s dream for Alpine is that this church family will become a community of believers who loves God intimately, loves one another passionately, and partners with God to seek and save the lost.
Family and Women's Minister
I have worshiped at Alpine for 39 years and I have been on staff for 21 years. I have worked in a variety of Ministries including Directing the Alpine Christian Academy and Children’s Ministry, but currently oversee the Family, Women’s and the Nursery Ministries. God has placed on my heart a love for families and that love has guided my life to encourage, minister and teach. Travel, painting and decorating are a few of my hobbies, along with spending time with family. I am married to Paul (Administrative Minister). We have two daughters and we enjoy hiking and traveling, especially if it is to see our grandchildren Sam and Amelia who live in Utah.
Kids and Pre-Teen Minister
My faith has always been part of who I am. Growing up the daughter of a preacher and long-time Bible class teacher, I learned from my parents what it means to live with integrity and consistency, to love God and serve others. God blessed me with a great family who taught me, nurtured me, encouraged me and disciplined me in ways that showed me Christ. I received an Elementary Education degree at Texas A&M University and was an active member of the Aggies for Christ from 1995-2000. After teaching grade school at Harding Academy in Memphis, I have been blessed to serve with the Alpine ministry team full-time since 2001. I faithfully served middle school and high school students from 2001-2012 and am currently guiding the 2 year old-6th grade students along a faith path to greater trust, devotion, and service. With every age, my greatest joy is hearing the prayers of our children develop into confident conversations of belief and hope. My husband, Clay, and I especially enjoy these conversations with our two sons, Cole and Ryan.
Lance Logan has served in youth ministry for 20+ years. He has a passion for the next generation that continually encourages and equips students and parents to follow Christ. His passion is to partner with parents and volunteers to think of ways to encourage teens to love people and do good things. He and his wife Jamie deeply value their marriage of 27 years and being parents to their 5 wonderful children. As a parent of 3 teenagers he has come to a deeper understanding of the needs and abilities of students and their parents. He believes in this generation of students and parents commitment to be true to Christ.
I began my work with Alpine in 1994 serving as Youth/Worship Minister. Throughout the years my role has evolved to the current title of Worship/Technology Minister. That's a fancy way of saying that I plan and coordinate our weekly corporate worship times. In addition to that role, I am privileged to work with the music ministry, run our video and audio studios and generally oversee the sound, video and computer systems. I am married to my beautiful wife Annette and have two incredibly talented daughters. I enjoy vintage autos, remodeling, porch sitting and time with family. My goal is to motivate people to have a daily walk with God that changes the way they act, think and make decisions.
My journey with God has taken me from Canada, to Papua New Guinea, to Texas, and to many points in between. I was blessed to grow up in a home where God was the center of our lives. Dad and Mom modelled being servant leaders in our home, our church, and our community. Missionaries were regular guests in our home. Stories of faith in foreign lands were always shared around the dinner table. It was not surprising that God led me to the country of Papua New Guinea to share the story He had written on my heart. Meeting my wonderful husband of 29 years, and sharing in the great adventure God planned for us among the tribes of PNG, this has been life changing. God taught us so much about ourselves and about caring for others. Claire and Camille, our two daughters, added a wonderful new dimension to God’s lessons. What a joy to watch them grow and love people; to see them understanding that a cup of water (or even a peanut butter sandwich) is showing God’s love to people. Then 2003 brought yet another chapter. My life adventure transitioned that year, for God led our family from Papua New Guinea to Longview, Texas…and to Alpine. It has been a privilege to worship and to serve with this body of believers. I have seen hearts of compassion and giving within Alpine spread hope, peace and comfort to so many lives in our community.
I discovered my calling to educational ministry during my studies at Pepperdine University, as I was working in campus ministry and Wilderness Trek. One year, the campus ministers assigned Holly to be my partner and I enjoyed working with her so much that I eventually convinced her to marry me. After a few years of campus and youth ministry together, we headed to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where I earned my Ph.D. in Theology and we had our first two children. Before coming to LeTourneau University, I taught at Codrington College and then Pepperdine. At LeTourneau I teach Christian doctrine, ethics, apologetics, biblical theology and urban ministry. In 2014, Alpine invited me and Holly to work part-time with responsibility for Discipleship & Christian Education. My passion is transformational Christian education, and I love serving the members at Alpine as they seek to be conformed to our Lord Jesus Christ.
As a senior in high school in Colorado, I felt a call to ministry, and it was during my years at Pepperdine that the Lord confirmed that calling and I earned my Masters Degree in Ministry. After 8 years of being home full-time and homeschooling my 3 children, I am so thankful for the chance to continue being home with them and working at Alpine. I love the church and having the opportunity to work alongside my husband in this ministry is a gift! I hope our efforts assist Alpine members in deeper knowledge of and love for God.
Director: Alpine Christian Academy
God has honored me with an exceptional family (I am the oldest of five and a granddaughter, aunt, niece and cousin to many). Even with the recent passing of my mom, I walk in faith and hope. My mom taught me that! I have complete peace and joy that we will one day be reunited. In 1999, I received a double degree in English and Kinesiology from York College in Nebraska. This is where I met my husband. Adam has filled our home with music and love. God has blessed us with an amazing gift of children, not just one but five! We are definitely outnumbered, but can play zone defense with the best of them! My greatest title…MOM! My career journey has taken me from teaching and coaching at the Jr. High level and now the Director of Alpine Christian Academy. It has been a joy serving at Alpine Christian Academy since 2002. I love working side by side with our students and families and their amazing teachers. I believe we are a crucial part of the foundation in molding our future and always strive to demonstrate Christ’s love!
Alpine Christian Academy
She is currently the Assistant Director of Alpine Christian Academy, a preschool and ministry of Alpine Church. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2006 with a degree in Business Marketing. She is an active member of Alpine where she is involved not only in our school, but also our children’s ministry as a Sunday school teacher, a member of our Family Ministry team, and a member of our Sunday morning praise team. She is married to Clayton, who is a teacher and coach at Hallsville High School. Clayton is also an active member of Alpine, where he serves as a deacon and a member of our Family Ministry team, a youth huddle leader, and a part of the Alpine Iron Men. Together, they have three beautiful daughters, Kaycin, Madilyn, and Londyn.
Carnes Alexander has been married to Betty Alexander for forty-eight years and has two daughters, five granddaughters and one grandson. He graduated from Mesquite High School in 1958, served in The US Navy and attended Kilgore Jr College. He worked for R.G. LeTourneau Inc. as an electrician, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., AT&T, ACS Office Systems and was self-employed for eight years. He has attended Mobberly Ave. Church of Christ, Pine Tree Church of Christ, Hallsville Church of Christ and has been a member of Alpine Church for twelve years serving as a deacon for most of that time.
Rebecca Thomas is the Administrative Assistant at Alpine and works alongside all ministers and staff to assure consistency and communication in the church office. She graduated from Spring Hill High School in 1994 and from Austin Community College in 2000 with a Music Management degree. After working in Austin for 10 years as a nanny, celebrity assistant and music booking agent, she and her husband Craig, relocated to Hallsville in 2007 to raise their family. Rebecca is the mother of 5 children and her greatest passions, other than her children, are gardening and cooking. She is the overseer of Agape’ Acres at Alpine and co-ordinates the Taste of Alpine, the Wednesday night fellowship meals in the Gym. Rebecca has worked at Alpine for 4 years and is blessed daily by the love and support of the staff and congregation at Alpine.