Rino Dattilo

Senior Pastor
Rino and Brenda came to South Coast back in 1991 with their 2 year old daughter. At the time SOUTHCOAST was closed, overgrown and in disrepair. Since then they have enjoyed God's blessings to see not only the church grow but their family grow. They are proud parents of 3 daughters, Justina, Emilia and Micaela. They have a passion for Jesus and the people they serve.

Shaun Hertlein

Administrative Pastor
Shaun and his wife, Monica, have been a part of SOUTHCOAST Church since 2002. They came to SOUTHCOAST expecting to stay for 6-8 months, but after getting involved with SOUTHCOAST youth first as volunteers then as the full time Youth Pastors, found themselves connected and called there. Shaun and Monica served as Youth Pastors from 2011-2021. God has continues to bless them immensely as Shaun furthers his ministry role at SOUTHCOAST as Associate Pastor. Shaun and Monica are the proud parents of 4 amazing kids who are involved in the kids and youth programs at the church.

Micaela Green

What I do:  Youth Ministry (6th-12th) and  Graphic Design
Micaela has been at SOUTHCOAST most of her life but did not feel the call to ministry until she returned back to Santa Barbara after living in Los Angeles where she worked for a non-profit in 2017. What began as volunteer work in the graphic design department quickly grew into an undeniable call to youth ministry. After 3 years of volunteering alongside Shaun, she accepted her role as Youth Pastor at SOUTHCOAST in 2021 while also overseeing the creative department.
Micaela and her husband, Jakob, welcomed their first child, Enzo, in Spring of 2023.


Kyle Best

Eliana Girdler

Nikki Russo

Karen Rabago 

Kids Coordinator
Kids Lead
What I do: Technical Director 
What I do:  Admin Assistant
What I do:  Kids Ministry 
What I do:  Kids Ministry 
Kyle has been a part of SOUTHCOAST since 2020 as Production Lead after moving to the United States from New Zealand. Kyle has studied Audio and Production from an early age, earning certifications, working and volunteering in many organizations, helping to foster corporate worship environments, as well as concert and festival production.
Eliana has been attending SOUTHCOAST since 2021. She was an intern under Pastor Micaela in youth ministry for the past school year, and recently got promoted to a staff position. She is currently in her third year at Westmont college studying to get her BA in Philosophy. Eliana has a heart for worship and she leads in youth group, young adults, and main service most weeks. She recently helped start up and coordinate the young adults ministry here at SOUTHCOAST. 
Nikki has been at SOUTHCOAST since 2015 where she started as a Toddler teacher. She has been very blessed to be able to be a part of this church for so many years, and watch the children grow. She loves Psalm 127:3, “Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from him.” She has been able to grow alongside them, and has moved through many different positions within the Kids Ministry. No matter what title she carries, her love of sharing God’s word with his smallest warriors has always been at the center of everything she does. She recently finished up her BA at CSUCI for Early childhood studies, but is planning on continuing her studies in new fields. Everyday is a joyful blessing, and Nikki is thrilled to see what God has in store for her next.
Karen, her husband George and their 3 boys have been a part of SOUTHCOAST since 2014.  She worked in the medical field for 20 years before God suddenly called her to be a stay at home mom in 2021.  This experience tested their faith as a family because financially, it made no sense.  After much prayer, they decided that they were going to trust the unknown to the God who knows all.  A year and a half later, still without any idea why God called her to stay home, the answer came.  She was to go into Kids Ministry.  He has led and guided her every step, and continues to meet every need out of His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19.)

Gabby Dreesmann 

What I Do: Youth Ministry
Gabby began attending SOUTHCOAST through the youth group in 2020. She began her time in ministry as a student leader under Pastor Micaela through her senior year of high school. She is currently at Santa Barbara City College working towards her Associates Degree in Communications while volunteering her time with Junior High students through Young Life. She is very passionate about making sure every student knows they are seen and loved by God.

Christa Gallardo

What I Do: Social Media and Design
Christa began attending SOUTHCOAST in 2019 as a youth student in her Sophomore Year of High School. She has always been creative but recently felt called  to use her creativity and gifts to glorify God. Christa is also heavily involved in Youth and Young Adults Ministry here at SOUTHCOAST. She is currently a student at Santa Barbara City College and is getting her Associates Degree in Elementary Education.