Christopher Coats, Associate Pastor, Creative Arts
work: 516.620.5106 x707
How long have you lived in New York?  "I grew up in California. I moved to Manhattan in 2000 and to Long Island in 2001."
Education: Master of Arts in Biblical Literature at Alliance Theological Seminary; Master of Music at Manhattan School of Music; Bachelor of Music, California State University, Long Beach.
Family:  "Ania and I have been married since 2002.  We have two sons.  James was born in 2005 and Luke was born in 2008.  They are the two most handsome boys in the whole world!"

Hobbies: "I love to play music, of course.  I also love boating and water sports, along with endurance athletics like marathons and triathlons."
Favorite Food: "Any and all Mexican food dishes."
Favorite Book:  Currently "The Bourne Identity." (Yes, it was a book before it was a movie!)
Favorite Movie: "The Secret of My Success."  It's amazing where you can get in life with a little initiative and hard work.
Favorite Scripture:  I Corinthians 15:58. "With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don't hold back.  Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort." (The Message)
Favorite Biblical Figure: Jubal, the father of all who play music, and Ehud the left-handed judge.  
My iPhone is filled with:  Muse, Chopin, Jeremy Camp, David Crowder, Angels and Airwaves, Rascal Flatts, U2, Chris Tomlin, Bela Fleck, Mae, and always changing!
Likes: Tech gadgets, 80's movies, trains, flying, HD, a great story. (whether a book or TV)
Dislikes: Tech that doesn't work, traffic, bossy people.
Favorite Movie Speech:
"And I see a whole army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny. You have come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?...Aye, fight and you may die, run and you'll live - at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom! Alba gu bra! (Scotland forever!)"
Mel Gibson in Braveheart (1995)