Our Staff

Tracy Watson
Senior Pastor

Hi.  Thanks for taking the time to check out our website.  My wife Tina, our three kids and I have been part of this church since 2002.  I love it here because it fits us. What I mean is that this church is informal and we try hard to be hospitable.  My background is in youth and recreational ministry, so a big part of my focus revolves around helping people discover who God calls them to be.  Obviously, as a pastor, I spend time preparing and praying and teaching. For me, the Bible has unlocked Jesus’ point-of-view and purpose. So please take the time to attend a service, watch and listen, and most importantly to ask questions.  We want you to feel comfortable here, and ultimately to share in the ministry God has carved out for us together.

Steve Garcia
Worship/Childrens Pastor

Howdy! My name is Steve Garcia and I am the Worship and Children’s Pastor at the Island Church. I joined the staff in 2010 and have enjoyed every moment if it. My wife’s name is Lauren and we have two awesome boys, Benjamin and Andrew. I have a passion for music and teaching the Bible to kids. I look forward to meeting and worshiping with you.

Melinda K. Taylor

Looking for a church home or a church to visit while in Corpus Christi?  I’m inviting you to my church home, Padre Island Baptist.

Hello, my name is Melinda, Ministry Assistant and office manager at Padre Island Baptist.  I’ve been working here for a little over 18 years now and throughout the years, I’ve been privileged to see many families grow up in the church and now have families of their own.  There’s been a lot of change throughout these 18 years.  Yet through all this change and growth, the one constant in this church family that I have seen is this:  a love, hunger and thirst for the Lord and a desire to serve Him wherever He calls us to serve.

From Small Groups, to mission groups for adults and mission groups for students, summer camps for students, to interns who work alongside the pastors, it has been incredible to see the spiritual growth come forth from the participants in each of these areas.

Padre Island Baptist is a casual church (since we are on the Island), warm, friendly and inviting.   There are people from many walks of life who visit us and I’m sure you’ll feel the welcoming, smiling faces that greet you when you arrive.

I look forward to seeing you when you visit!   Until we meet, blessings to you and your family!  ~Melinda

Cody Webb
Student Pastor

Hello, My name is Cody Webb and I am the Student Pastor here at the Island Church. I am happy you are checking us out! My wife and I grew up in Corpus Christi, and after 7 years, the Lord called us back. We love serving the students and have a heart for small groups, which makes this congregation perfect for us. We would love to see you on Sunday, please stop by and say hello!

Nicole Kerls
Ministry Assistant

Hey y’all!  My name is Nicole Kerls and I am the Children’s Ministry Assistant here at Padre Island Baptist Church. I was born and raised here in Corpus Christi, TX.  My husband Josh and I have been married for 18 years. We have two teenage sons, Christopher and Dillon. I am very happy and blessed to be apart of the PIBC family! I look forward in getting to know your family and watching your children grow in Christ. Thank you for joining us and I’m excited to be able to worship with you!